When seeking implant dentistry from James A. Burden, D.D.S., many patients ask if dental implants will interfere with other medical treatment that requires MRIs. Fortunately, MRIs are completely safe to perform on patients with dental implants.
It may seem counterintuitive given that the post and abutment of a dental implant is made of metal. But the key lies in the type of metal used. Dental implants are typically made of titanium or zirconia specifically for their biocompatibility. This means that the metals don’t irritate or inflame tissues — like a foreign object within the body normally would. The biocompatible metals in dental implants are accepted by the body, and allow bone and gum tissue to grow around the implants as the surgery sites heal.
Some of you may be wondering what an MRI is and why you’d need one. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a scanning machine that can be used for a number of reasons including the diagnosis of:
An MRI uses magnetic and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the human body. It essentially functions like a giant magnet, so any unsecured metals in or around the machine while it’s on will be pulled. If the proper checks and measures are not taken, it can be very dangerous for patients as well as technicians and doctors performing the scans.
Because an MRI has a variety of uses, it’s important to understand which metals can go in and which cannot. For instance, the following devices and metal may pose an issue with an MRI:
It’s critical to communicate with your doctor about any metals you have in your body. If you’re not sure, ask for an x-ray.
If you’re hesitating on dental implants because of health issues, feel free to get them without worry! James A. Burden, D.D.S. & Associates offers free consultations for implant dentistry and a special on mini implants. Call (757) 229-1224 today for more information or to schedule your consultation. We’re conveniently located at 277 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23185.