May 2, 2021
Are you planning a fun trip now that it is summertime? It is always exciting to wake up early in the morning and head to the airport so you can go to your final destinated, but there is one thing that we all seem to dread: airport security. There is always that fear of getting stopped and missing your flight. After all, the security checkpoint is the only thing standing between you and the terminal. If you have dental implants, you may be worried about them setting off the metal detectors. Read on to learn why this shouldn’t be a concern of yours as you are travelling.
How Do Metal Detectors Work?
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) metal detector works by creating a magnetic field around you in a series of pulses. This creates a natural echo that the detector can turn into a reading. When a metal object passes through the metal detector, the magnetic field of the detector produces a magnetic field in the object, causing the echo to become disrupted and the alarm to go off.
Will Dental Implants Set Off Metal Detectors?
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is not a metal that is magnetic. This means that they don’t tend to set off metal detectors. However, if you have another metal on your person, like steel, iron, nickel, or cobalt-chromium, the metal detector is likely to go off. If it is just your dental implants that you are worried about, you should be able to go through the line without a problem.
You should be aware that the security regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security aren’t necessarily implemented worldwide. If you are traveling internationally, you should give yourself plenty of time to go through security. Depending on where you are, they may use different technology that is designed to pick up on even the smallest amount of metal. Just remember that you aren’t the first person to travel with dental implants. After a brief explanation and maybe a pat down, you should be on your way again to your destination.
You shouldn’t be stressing about your upcoming trip because of your dental implants. There are all sorts of people who like to travel, even after replacing their missing teeth, so you won’t be the first. Chances are that you will be able to walk through security without any dental implant related complications!
About the Author
Dr. C.J. Landry is an experienced dentist who has been practicing for nearly four decades. He earned his dental doctorate from the LSU School of Dentistry in New Orleans and has completed thousands of hours of continuing education. To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment at his office in Marrero, visit his website or call (504) 348-0080.
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