Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

Enhance Your Orthodontics Treatment with a Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)

At Rodeo Dental & Orthodontics, we use temporary anchorage devices as part of our approach to orthodontics in patients who have limitations to proper treatment. These biocompatible devices are fixed to your bone temporarily to help anchor teeth and move them into place. They are removed after treatment.

How Temporary Anchorage Devices Work

In normal orthodontics treatment, teeth are anchored to other teeth in order to effectively rotate, move, shift, or alter their placement in the jaw. Therefore when one tooth moves, the anchored tooth will also move. The challenge is that the direction of this movement may or may not be desirable.

A temporary anchorage device allows the orthodontist to overcome any undesired movements of surrounding teeth. Instead of anchoring a tooth to an adjacent tooth that needs to remain where it is, the orthodontist will anchor the tooth to the TAD implant to move it into its proper position – without affecting any other tooth.

Temporary anchorage devices are useful for correcting a number of orthodontics problems in patients of all ages. However they do seem particularly helpful in treating malocclusions (a misalignment between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close).

Benefits of Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary anchorage devices are meant to expand the treatments options we have available to our patients. Some of the benefits of TADs include:

  • Easy positioning
  • High efficacy
  • Simple removal
  • Low cost
  • Expanded treatment options

Patients must be sure to maintain good oral hygiene during their orthodontics treatment to prevent inflammation and infection of the implant, however.

Getting a Temporary Anchorage Device

A temporary anchorage device takes only 20 minutes or so to place. You will need a local anesthetic to numb the area, but you should expect minimal discomfort both during and after the procedure.
TADs are safe and effective for most people. However some people should not get them, including those who:

  • Have metabolic bone diseases
  • Have suppressed immune systems
  • Are on long-term steroid therapy
  • Suffer with insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Do not have sufficient bone quality
  • Have been diagnosed with certain other health conditions (neurological conditions, circulatory problems, oral diseases)

If your orthodontist suggests a TAD as part of you or your child’s treatment plan, be sure to discuss all of your health conditions and medications to make sure you (or your child) are a good candidate for the device.

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