The Basics About TADs

Orthodontists use TADs, referred in full as temporary anchorage devices or mini implants, to facilitate quick and accurate movement of teeth during treatment. They are mini implants or screws which are placed in the jaw bone. TADs are usually very small and can be placed after numbing the area with a local anesthesia. This new technology has greatly reduced the time it takes to have orthodontic treatment and also enhanced efficiency of the procedure.

Is it painful?
One of the top concerns among patients who are going to have any dental procedure is the pain involved. With TADs, expect to feel no pain since an anesthesia will be placed to numb the small area on your gum where the device will be inserted. The only thing you are likely to feel is some slight pressure. Expect to feel some discomfort after a few hours as the anesthesia wears off. You can take over the counter painkillers that your orthodontist recommends to deal with the discomfort.
How Are TADs removed?
The devices will need to be removed with time. The removal processes is very easy and straightforward. Usually, you will not require any local anesthesia for the TADs to be removed. The area in the gum where it was placed will gradually heal without any pain. Expect the site to heal within several days after removal.
How long will you need to have them?
This will vary from patient to patient. Your orthodontist will review your dental situation in order to determine how long TAD implant treatment will take. It can take a few months to a year depending on what you would like to achieve with this form of treatment. Your dentist will review your situation and determine if the TADs are no longer necessary then remove them.
Are there any complications with TAD treatment?
Research has shown that TAD treatment does not result in damage to the teeth or gum tissue. When TAD implants are properly installed, they will remain stable during treatment and cause no pain and discomfort. Sometimes the TADs can become loose with time. In many cases, this doesn’t cause any pain. However, the orthodontist may have a replacement done when the device become loose.
How to take care of TADs
When you’ve had TAD treatment, there are various ways to reduce the risk of complications and ensure they work as effectively as they should. For a start, your orthodontist may recommend an antibacterial mouthwash that you need to use for the first five days. You can also use chlorhexidine mouth wash on the mini implant because it helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria that can lead to further tooth damage. Dentists usually recommend avoiding electric toothbrushes on TADs.
Is irritation normal?
When you have, mini dental implants placed, you shouldn’t experience persistent irritation. Some minimal irritation is common and it will go away when you use orthodontic wax on the device. However, if it doesn’t go away, visit the orthodontist immediately to have it checked.
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