05 Jul Temporary Orthodontic Anchorage Device: Am I a candidate?
Wearing conventional orthodontic appliances detracts from a patient’s smile enough. When you add an external appliance, such as headgear, into the mix, it can have a significant effect on the patient’s appearance and self-esteem.
Fortunately, a specific oral surgery procedure can help patients avoid wearing headgear. It’s called a temporary orthodontic anchorage device, often referred to as TAD, and it helps to achieve the desired movement of the teeth without an external appliance. A TAD can also be useful in cases where a patient’s permanent tooth is missing but some structure is needed for the orthodontic appliance to exert the necessary forces.
The TAD involves small screws that are inserted into the jaw and are intended to remain in place until the desired tooth movement has been achieved. The TAD is placed at the specific site where the targeted force needs to be applied. After the TAD has served its purpose, the oral surgeon will remove the device. [pullquote]Fortunately, a specific oral surgery procedure can help patients avoid wearing headgear. [/pullquote]
Although this treatment technique does involve oral surgery, the procedure itself is relatively minor, taking place in an outpatient setting. Many patients can tolerate the procedure with only a local anesthethic, while some opt for sedation as well.
Your orthodontist will evaluate your unique case, and if it appears that a TAD will be helpful, the orthodontist will refer you to an oral surgeon.
As you prepare to get the TAD, your orthodontist will work cooperatively with your oral surgeon to develop your treatment plan. The two specialists will communicate frequently with each other regarding your process so that each step of treatment can be appropriately timed.
Be sure to discuss any post-operative self-care needs with both your orthodontist and your oral surgeon prior to the procedure so that you will know what steps you need to take to reduce your risk of infection or other complications following the surgery.
A TAD can be a valuable tool in orthodontic treatment. Talk to your orthodontist to see if this treatment option might be beneficial in your situation, and if so, request a referral to an oral surgeon. Call any of our convenient locations to schedule an appointment today.