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29

Is It Safe to Get an MRI If You Have a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

MRI stands for “Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” This machine generates powerful magnetic energy and uses radio waves to measure how atoms in your body tissues respond to the energy. MRIs have been essential in helping doctors diagnose injuries and abnormalities in soft tissue.

MRIs are great, but it’s pretty obvious that you don’t want any metal on your body while being scanned by a giant magnet!

What to Tell Your Technicians

The technicians will ensure that you have no jewelry or metal in your clothing at the time of your scan. You may even be told to avoid metallic cosmetics or nail polish beforehand.

But some metal-containing items are not so easy to remove.

What if you have a dental implant? Can you still safely have an MRI?

The good news is, yes, you can still safely have an MRI scan.

How it Works

Dental implants are made with titanium, which is not a magnetic metal. This means that it won’t be affected by the pull of a giant magnet. You don’t need to worry about your implant coming loose or pulling you across the room by your teeth!

However, given the fact that the implant will show up as a different material from bone and soft tissue, it can make a head scan look a little funny. The important thing is to communicate with your doctor in advance so that he or she knows about the implant.

Ask your doctor what kind of diagnostic methods your current situation allows for. Don’t wait until the day of your prescribed scan to tell the team you have an implant. Let your doctor know well ahead of time so you can plan for an alternative method, if necessary.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

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