Temporary Anchorage Device

Temporary Anchorage Device

A more discreet and inconspicuous method for assisting the realignment of teeth during orthodontic treatment, temporary orthodontic anchorage devices (TADs) are implanted by oral surgeons. This minor form of oral surgery can eliminate the need for external orthodontic appliances such as headgear. Temporary orthodontic anchorages may also help reduce unwanted tooth movement and control the repositioning of teeth. These devices are placed in an intraoral manner and do not affect a patient’s external appearance.

Because these devices are temporary, orthodontic anchorage appliances are removed after treatment has been completed. These appliances may involve the use of small dental implants, immediately loaded miniscrews, and plates. These devices will be inserted strategically in the mouth to promote the effectiveness of orthodontic treatment.  TADs are designed to offer sturdy support to reactive units in orthodontic treatment. This support helps control the movement of teeth to the unique needs of the patient.

In most cases, your orthodontist will refer you to our team of oral surgeons for this service because placing TADs requires minor oral surgery. TADs may be placed into the jawbone to assist your orthodontist in repositioning your bite and teeth. This oral surgery procedure often involves minimal use of anesthesia and may not require sedation. After your procedure is complete, our team will give you post-operative instructions to promote optimal recovery.

When your orthodontist determines that your treatment no longer requires temporary orthodontic anchorage, you will return to our office for removal of the appliance(s). This procedure, just like the implantation surgery, is minor and only requires one visit. Contact our team at Great River Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to learn more.