Do you have a trip planned? It is always exciting to leave home for a few days, but many people find the hassle of going through airport security overwhelming. No one wants to be stopped, searched, and delayed on their way to the terminal. You have a plane to catch on the other side of the security checkpoint. People with dental implants may be feeling extra anxious about the experience. You will be going through a metal detector with titanium in your mouth. Will it go off? Continue reading to learn how metal detectors work and why you shouldn’t be wary of traveling with dental implants.
How Do Metal Detectors Work?
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) metal detector works by creating a magnetic field around you in a series of pulses. They create a natural echo that the detector turns into a reading. If a metal object passes through the detector, the magnetic field of the detector produces a magnetic field in the object, therefore disrupting the echo and setting off the detector.
Do Metal Detectors Pick Up on Dental Implants?
Dental implants are made from titanium, which is not a magnetic metal, so they do not tend to set off metal detectors. However, other metals, like stainless steel, iron, nickel, and cobalt-chromium, would set off these detectors. You should be able to walk through the security line without any further issues due to your dental implants.
While your implants aren’t likely to set off an airport metal detector, it is important you are aware that the security regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security aren’t necessarily implemented worldwide. If you are traveling from another country, you should give yourself plenty of time to go through security. Depending on where you are, they could use different technology that is designed to pick up on the slightest amount of metal. However, you still shouldn’t worry. You won’t be the first person traveling with implants. If you set off a metal detector, just explain that you have dental implants. You might need to undergo a pat down, but you will be on your way to your planned destination soon enough.
Your dental implants aren’t a reason to stress over an upcoming trip. Many people travel after replacing their missing teeth, so you definitely won’t be the first. Chances are that you will be through security and on your way to your destination without any implant-related inconveniences!
About the Author
Dr. Eva Boldridge earned her dental doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston before completing a three-year residency program in the dental specialty of prosthodontics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Currently, she is a proud member of numerous professional organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontists, American Dental Association, and Texas Dental Association. For more information on dental implants or to schedule an appointment at her office in Katy, visit her website or call (281) 769-7648.