Havasu Dentist: Will Dental Implants Set off Metal Detectors?

If you travel often, it may be worrisome to think about a TSA problem, such as being caught up in the metal detector. Do dental implants set off metal detectors? The short answer is, thankfully, no.

With that answered, however, a new question arises: Why do dental implants NOT set off metal detectors? This has even puzzled dentists!

Though we don’t have the answers from TSA, there’s a few possibilities that help guess why dental implants are not detected when crossing metal detectors:

  1. Dental implants are smaller than the size of a dime. The most commonly placed dental implants range from 3.0 mm to 6.0 mm. Considering the size as well as where they are located on the body, metal detectors may be programmed to look past it’s shape and size.
  2. Dental implants are made of a metal that’s harder to detect. Made of titanium, it may be difficult to detect this type of metal in a metal detector (also considering it’s small size).
  3. The insulation around the dental implant may reduce its need for being stopped at a metal detector. Considering that a dental implant is untouchable as it is below the gums and within your bone, it may not be of concern to the metal detector operator.

Dental implants are a technological advance that is being recognized by the technologies outside of the dental office. Dental implants are a “norm” that help you keep a secure smile. Happy travels!