What are TAD’S?
TAD’s consist of mini-screws or mini-implants that are temporarily placed into the bone of the jaws to be used as non-mobile anchor units to facilitate tooth movement. TAD’s can then be removed once they’ve done their job. They are quite small, can be placed using simple local anesthesia (numbing shots in the area), and involve a minimal amount of discomfort.
They are retained by the mechanical locking or meshing with bone around them, not fusion to bone as with regular dental implants. They are “self tapping” (just like tiny screws) and are placed with a minute driver. TAD’s have very close bone-to-screw contact which is critical to their stability. They are lower in cost and easier to place than traditional dental implants, require no waiting time, and are simple to remove.
They can be used to correct both skeletal (jaw) position and dental (tooth) position discrepancies — within reason.
Using mini-implants such as TAD’s is a rapidly developing technology. TAD’s are becoming a necessary part of orthodontic practice by allowing for accurate and predictable tooth movement and positioning by providing stable non-movable anchor units.
What can I do to relieve discomfort caused by my TAD?
Tylenol and Ibuprofen are recommended for alleviate discomfort.
Contact us for more information and learn how and where TAD’s could be used to best help your orthodontic situation.