When a tooth needs to be moved but lacks a suitable tooth to act as an anchor, a Temporary Anchorage Device, or TAD, can be placed. TADs are an effective alternative to headgear and are useful in moving a single tooth or multiple teeth in a specific direction. Orthodontic treatment time may be reduced with the use of TADs due to how efficiently they can move the teeth. TADs may be used as a part of many orthodontic treatments such as malocclusion, closing a dental space, and correction of a tilted molar.
A TAD is often used to assist with the movement of an impacted canine or another unerupted permanent tooth. They are minimally invasive and are typically inserted using local anesthesia to ensure the patient is comfortable during the procedure. Once they’re in place, TADs require little maintenance. We will educate you on how to care for your TAD and special brushing techniques to make sure it remains clean.
Placing the TAD is done through a simple procedure. First, local anesthesia is administered directly where the TAD will be placed. This will numb the area for a comfortable and pain-free experience. Your oral surgeon will then place the TAD through the gum tissue to secure it into the jaw bone. Slight pressure may be felt during this procedure, but no pain should be experienced. It is normal to feel some slight discomfort in the days following the procedure. After a short recovery period, the TAD should not be able to be felt at all. If your TAD continues to cause discomfort, please contact our office.