Dental Tips Blog

Feb
11

Will a Metal Crown Set Off an Airport Metal Detector?

Posted in Crowns

Getting through strict airport security can be a stressful event.

Everyone wants to make it calmly and quickly onto their plane. So if you accidentally set off a metal detector, you may feel a bit embarrassed, confused, and frustrated.

Dental restorations often include some sort of metal since many metals are strong, easy to shape, and accepted by our bodies.

One common dental concern people have when they get a new metal crown is: will my crown set off an airport metal detector?

What’s In a Metal Crown?

Metal crowns are often made from a mix of metals containing gold, which is not magnetic. In fact, most metals used in dental restorations are not magnetic.

Traditionally, metal detectors in airports scan for a magnetic response. So you’re more likely to set if off if you forget you’re wearing a metallic headband or belt buckle rather than because of having a dental crown!

However, most of today’s airports use body image scanners that are better at ignoring a small and non-threatening amount of metal, such as in a dental crown inside of your mouth.

Whether you have braces, a denture with metal clasps, fillings, an implant, or a metal crown, you should be perfectly fine going through airport security!

Why Switch to a White Dental Crown?

Metal crowns may be durable. But more patients are leaning towards getting tooth-colored restorations, anyway, for a couple reasons:

  • X-rays of all ceramic or porcelain crowns can show more of what’s going on around a tooth. Metal crowns aren’t see-through on x-rays so they can hide problems for a long time.
  • White crowns look better

Thinking of updating your metal crown? Talk with your local dentist to learn more.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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