Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to accelerate tooth movement while maintaining efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in conjunction with braces and serve as an alternative to headgear.
How are TADs placed?
First, a strong anesthetic is applied to desensitize the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, the doctor will then gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. Getting a TAD placed is a quick procedure and while you may feel slight pressure during the procedure, the discomfort will be gone within a day. Once your treatment is complete or once the TAD is no longer needed to move a tooth, it is removed. The removal of the TAD is even easier than the placement, it only takes a few minutes, and it does not cause any discomfort.
What can I do to relieve the discomfort caused by my TAD?
We recommend Tylenol® to ease any discomfort caused by the placement of your TAD. Discomfort typically only lasts for one day after placement, if it persists for days after your procedure, please call our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
A TAD can be cleaned the same way you clean your braces: by brushing your teeth after every meal. We will also provide you with an antimicrobial mouthwash that you will need to use twice a day.
If you have questions about TADs, please contact our practice. We will be able to resolve all of your questions about TADs and schedule a consultation to determine if we should incorporate TADs into your treatment plan.