Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in orthopedics to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs are used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
What is a TAD?
TADs are a very small (usually 1.5-2mm in diameter) specially engineered titanium screw which is placed into your gum and jaw bone which acts as an anchor point and assists with the movement of your teeth.
Will it be painful?
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 wears off after the insertion, you may feel some discomfort within the first 24 hours, but ibuprofen or acetaminophen will alleviate this.
Will it hurt when the TAD is removed?
TADs are easily removed when no longer needed, and usually without the need for any anesthesia. The site where the TAD was placed heals painlessly within several days after removal.
How long are TADs usually in place?
The duration of the TAD implant treatment will be determined by your orthodontist, but in most cases, TADs are only required for a few months. However, it may be left in for a longer duration of time so the desired result of the treatment can be achieved.
Should I expect any problems?
TADs do not damage your teeth or other mouth tissues, according to research. The majority of TAD implants remain very stable during brace treatment and cause little to no nuisance at all. Occasionally, they can become loose prematurely, but this is rarely painful, but you may need a replacement in this case.
What do I need to do?
Rinse this area with a anti-bacterial mouthwash, e.g. chlorhexidine, twice a day for the first five days. During treatment, dip a small toothbrush in chlorhexidine mouthwash and use it to gently clean around the top of the mini implant. Avoid using an electric toothbrush on the mini implant itself. Don’t mess with it!
What if the implant causes irritation?
Place a small amount of orthodontic wax over the head of the TAD. If the irritation persists please contact our office.