What is A Temporary Anchorage Device?
A Temporary Anchorage Device consists of a titanium alloy pin or screw that is, as indicated, temporarily positioned in the mouth throughout your treatment to provide increased stability, much like an anchor. It is used to assist with space closure, bite closure and more and is affixed to braces.
How Does the TAD Procedure Work?
Nature provides an analogy of how TAD’s work. Imagine yourself attempting to forcibly push a stick through sand. The sand will move around the stick if enough force is used to fill in the area behind it. Temporary Anchorage Devices are utilized in somewhat the same way. The “sand” represents bone cells and cells that attach the tooth to the bone (periodontal ligaments). The teeth are placed in their proper space as they reform and move gradually, with a force like braces. The TAD acts like an anchorage point that pushes against the teeth for more successful movement.
In the past, the procedure included using other teeth as anchoring points, but over time it was discovered that the teeth used as anchors were moving or there were no viable teeth close by. Thus, today’s TAD technique came to be. The mini-screws are now positioned temporarily into your jaw bone for stability required. This provides for a safe and painless procedure. Once treatment is complete, the device will be removed.
Maintaining the TAD Device
Maintenance is not a problem with TAD’s. Proper hygiene should be performed as usual, using a soft bristle toothbrush that is dipped in an antimicrobial solution. The device will not change eating or brushing habits.
Why Choose Duluth Ortho Specialist For Implanting Your TAD Device?
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