Dental Implants And MRI

The achievements of nowadays’ dentistry allow people solving multiple problems with teeth. Dental implantation is getting more and more popular and many people are having the implants. But sometimes there occurs a necessity to undergo an MRI exam. And not all the implants allow performing it. The magnetic resonance imaging is nowadays one of the most reliable means of diagnostics. That is why the question of compatibility with the dental implants is very relevant.

Let us destroy the myths and release the truth. First, all the metals undergo the influence of magnetic resonance. They are subdivided into three groups – ferromagnetics, paramagnetics and diamagnetics. The first group is much more vulnerable to the magnetic action than the other ones. Among all the materials used in the process of the dental implantation, these are chrome, nickel and steel.  So, even a single tooth implant made of one of them is a contraindication for undergoing an MRI exam performing in the closed apparatus. Especially if it is connected with brain and maxillofacial system.

There exist scary myths about the implants torn out of the mouth under the magnetic influence. This is an exaggeration. The implants are set safely in the mouth so there are very few chances that they will move. The real problem is that they can distort the image received in the process of the MRI examination.

The modern MRI equipment allows changes of the settings for the individual comfort and needs of each patient. Therefore, you must warn the specialist about the dental implants you have. The best way will be to provide the information about their placement and materials they are made of. In this case, the doctor can consider this fact during the settings establishment. If your dental implants do not have any metal elements, you may not worry about your MRI results. If they have, better choose a clinic with the most innovational equipment.

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