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Temporary Anchorage Devices

Posted on 9/25/2023 by SRD Muscle Shoals
Temporary Anchorage DevicesThe word anchorage is already a definition of itself. It means holding down or holding in place. Now, our teeth are prone to getting lost, either as we age or due to underlying reasons. That used to be associated with having a tooth replacement. However, with the improvement of technology, the field of oral dentistry has benefited. Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD) are a dental breakthrough, they are used to help achieve quicker tooth comfort and efficient movements. Let us explore its various characteristics and benefits.

What are Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)

Before we dwell deeper into the topic, you need to understand what Temporary Anchorage Devices are. They are also known as mini-implants or micro screws. TADs are made up of small titanium crews that are fixed into the jawbone to provide support. They are often used in line with braces as an alternative headgear.

How are TADs placed

The surrounding area is numbed using anesthesia, this is when the dentist places the TADs in position. Once this is done, an incision is made for the insertion sites. Considerations like your bone density and the desired tooth movement are made. The TAD is then placed gently through the gum and firmly holds the jawbone. It is a minimally invasive procedure therefore it is fast. It is normal to feel slight pressure within the procedure, but after a day, you will be good to go. Once the treatment is complete, the TAD can be removed. This is done when your teeth are eventually straight and no longer need support. Removal of TADs is comfortable and fast.

In case of discomfort caused by the TADs, you are advised to use Tylenol. It helps in relieving your pain and if the pain persists, you are advised to visit our offices for further assistance. Our dentists are ready to help you to clean and ensure the total comfort of TADs in your mouth. For more information, reach out to us.
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