Essentially, temporary anchorage devices or TADs are small, screw-like dental implants made of a titanium alloy, as the name implies, they are temporary – they usually remain in place during some months of treatment, and then they are removed. Their function is to provide a stable anchorage – that is a fixed point around which your teeth can be moved. TADs are used in orthodontics to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. This process is used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
Local anesthesia is used to numb a small area of your gum when the implant is gently inserted. You may experience a pressure sensation during the procedure. As the anesthesia wears off after the insertion, you may feel some discomfort within the first 24 hours, but a pain reliever such as tylenol or ibuprofen will alleviate this.
TADs are easily removed when no longer needed, and usually without the need for any anesthesia. The site where the TAD was placed will heal painlessly within a few days after removal.
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth at least three times a day. When your TAD is placed we will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.
If you have any questions about TADs, please contact Donald E. Snyder Orthodontics. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information concerning your treatment.