Are MRI Scans Advised Against for Those Who Have Titanium Dental Implants?

What is the procedure for MRI scans and people who have titanium dental implants?

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MRI and Implants

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There should be no contraindication having an MRI done with dental implants.  Typically implants are made from titanium which is not magnetic.

MRI's ok for those with dental implants

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No worries with MRI's of patients with dental implants. The contain no iron or ferrous metals and are non-magnetic. You won't be thrown across the room, teeth first!

Mitchell A. Josephs, DDS
Palm Beach Dentist

Dental Implants

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I am not aware of any contraindications to MRIs and dental implants.  I have numerous patients with dental implants who have had a number of MRIs with no issues.  

Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF

Ronald Konig DDS
Houston Dentist

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Getting an MRI should not be a concern with dental implants

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The biggest concern with having an MRI for people with any type of "metal" implant would be that the implant would become displaced during the procedure or that it would heat up. MRI's use magnetic forces during the scan that can cause these things to happen.  Most dental implants are made of titanium and not considered "magnetic" so theoretically it should not be a problem.  It would be wise however, to consult with the physician who ordered the MRI as well as the technician performing the MRI and make them aware of any implants or metal prostheses you may have in your mouth. 

MRI and dental implants

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If a patient needs an MRI imagery taken and have a dental implants, it will not interfere on the image. The MRI is a magnetic beam and it will interfere with metal outside the bony structure because it intended to show soft tissue over the bone skeleton unlike the CT Scan that targets only the bony structure only. Now, if the patient has a metal dental denture they are required or any metal prosthesis removable to have it removed before the image. Always disclose to the radiologist what you have before entering the machine for the image.

Edgard El Chaar, DDS
New York Dentist

Titanium Implants MRI

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Titanium implants should be no problem with an MRI. An MRI uses a powerful magnet to scan the human body. It is a problem with things containing ferrous metals(i.e. iron and steel). Implants and the restorative materials on them typically contain non-ferrous materials only( titanium,gold,platinum, etc.) The one possible area might be if you have a removable prosthesis that uses magnets for retention. It is probably a good idea to take out any removable prostheses(dentures,bridges,etc.) before an MRI and leave them outside the MRI room.

Douglas Decker, DDS
San Diego Dentist

MRI and Dental Implants

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Most orthopedic and titanium alloy dental implants are not magnetic. These include hip and knee replacements; plates, screws, and rods used to treat fractures; and cavity fillings. All of these metal implants can distort the MRI image if near the part of the body being scanned, but they will usually not cause problems. Even if you think the metal implant is compatible with the MRI machine, you must let the MRI personnel know in order to ensure this metal is compatible.

Dan Hagi, DDS
Toronto Dentist

MRI Scans for patients with Dental Implants

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In order for a material to interact with a magnetic field, the material needs to have a property known as ferromagnetism. Titanium is not ferromagnetic, so it should not interact with magnetic fields. The only thing is that a doctor prescribing an MRI should be aware that dental implants can create artifacts on MRI scans, making it more difficult to read. 

Valentina Lyssova, DDS
New York Dentist

MRI and Dental Implants

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This is a great and common question for patients who are told they need MRI's. The answer is: GO AHEAD AND TAKE THE MRI. There is NOTHING to worry about. The dental implants are not magnetic. YES. You can have the MRI with dental implants. 

Herbert Veisman, DDS
Toronto Periodontist

MRI Scans in patients with Dental Implants

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Dental implants are made of titanium which is not magnetic. You should have no problem getting an MRI done with dental implants in place.

Prashant Nanda, MDS
India Dentist

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