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Times Where a Full Anchorage Device Could Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 7/26/2021 by Dr. Michael Allard
Because of implants, we now have ways to stabilize tooth movement and support better oral health. The following information will give you further details about the use of temporary anchorage devices, known as TADs.
What Is a Full Anchorage Device?
A full anchorage device, also called a temporary anchorage device (TAD), assists in tooth movement, ensuring that the teeth that should remain fixed stay that way. When teeth are used to provide an anchor for repositioning teeth, it may be better to supply another anchor. A TAD serves this purpose. A full anchorage device or TAD is made of mini-implants, or titanium screws temporarily placed into the jawbone. They serve as immovable anchors to facilitate the movement of mal-positioned teeth. A full-anchorage device can support orthodontics as well as oral maxillofacial surgical procedures, improving oral health and well-being.
When a Full Anchorage Device Is Used for Surgery
Sometimes a full anchorage device is recommended for corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery. This surgery corrects the lower facial jaw in cases where the patient has been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), sleep apnea, or malocclusion. In this case, a full anchorage device, or TAD, enables simplification of the surgical procedure to one jaw, or provides fixation points for managing post-orthognathic care.
TADs can open a deep bite or close an open bite. They cut orthodontic treatment times by one-third. TADs also allow restorative procedures for extruding or intruding teeth to progress without the need for full braces. Using a full anchorage device stabilizes a tooth or teeth used as an anchor or eliminates the need to use an anchor tooth. They also provide anchorage points where tooth anchorage is not available.
If you believe you may need corrective jaw surgery or you need to schedule orthodontic treatment, you may have questions about the use of a full anchorage device or TAD for therapy. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment for a consultation.