A temporary anchorage device (TAD) is an innovative device that is placed into your gums and uses force to correct a specific area. They are often used by patients that are missing permanent teeth. The tad acts an anchor, making it easier and faster to manipulate the movement of teeth.
How are TADs placed?
TADs are placed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. They apply anesthesia to your gums so you don’t experience any pain during the installation process. The TAD is simply screwed into your gum tissue and secured to your jawbone. This is a fast and easy procedure, and with the use of anesthesia, you will be on the road to a new smile in no time.
TADs are not permanent and will be removed when you are finished with treatment. Removing your TAD is a short and comfortable procedure that is completed within minutes.
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
You may feel some pressure or slight pain during or after your TAD is installed but should go away within a day. We suggest taking Tylenol® to alleviate any discomfort after your procedure. It is important to take Tylenol® as directed on the packaging. If your pain does not subside or worsens days after it's placed, let us know right away.
How can I keep my TAD clean?
Simply clean it like you would your braces by brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. We suggest using products that contain the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
If you have any questions or would like to request more information about TADs, call us today. We are eager to help you obtain your best smile.
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