As indicated by its name, a Temporary Anchorage Device is a titanium alloy screw or pin implant that is temporarily placed in the mouth for the duration of the treatment for greater stability. It provides an anchor around which teeth can be moved. The device is attached to braces to help with bite closure, space closure and other functions.
How Does the TAD Procedure Work?
An example of how TAD’s work can be taken from nature. Think about trying to forcibly move a stick through sand. With some force, the sand will move around the stick to fill in the space behind. We will use a Temporary Anchorage Device in a similar way. Imagine the “sand” being the bone cells and cells that make up the periodontal ligament (attaches tooth to bone). These tissues will slowly move and reform, positioning the teeth in their proper place, using force such as braces. But in order for teeth to move successfully, an anchorage point is required to push against. The TAD device provides that anchoring point.
Previously, other teeth have been used as the anchoring points, but there are some drawbacks to this technique. Sometimes the teeth that are being used as anchors can move themselves, or there isn’t a tooth nearby that is viable. These are reasons why we recommend the TAD procedure. The mini-screws will be temporarily placed into the jaw bone to supply the stability needed for teeth to move painlessly and safely. They will then be removed after treatment is complete.
Maintaining the TAD Device
TAD’s require little maintenance. All that is needed is proper hygiene by brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush twice a day that is dipped into an antimicrobial solution. The device is non-intrusive and does not affect eating or brushing.
Why Choose Us For Implanting Your TAD Device?
Our trained professionals will discuss the TAD procedure with you from beginning to end. We are sensitive to your concerns and questions and will do all we can to assist in helping you feel informed and confident.
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