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Jonathan Alexander-Abt - Temporary Anchorage Devices

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Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are useful when it is not possible to use the back teeth as orthodontic anchorage. If there is no suitable tooth at the site required for the anchorage point, TADs can be used.

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Jonathan Alexander-Abt - Temporary Anchorage Devices

  1. 1. TEMPORARY Anchorage Devices Jonathan Alexander Abt
  2. 2. 2 Jonathan Alexander Abt Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are useful when it is not possible to use the back teeth as orthodontic anchorage. If there is no suitable tooth at the site required for the anchorage point, TADs can be used. Also, if an anchorage tooth is becoming unstable, TADs can be em- ployed as a method of stabilisation. S imilar to dental implants, TADs are small, screw- like devices placed directly into the bone of the jaw. However, unlike implants, they don’t need to become integrated with the bone, making removal easier. Implanting and removing TADs is a fast proce- dure which only requires the area to be numbed for pain-free treatment. TEMPORARY ANCHORAGE DEVICES
  3. 3. 3Jonathan Alexander Abt Temporary anchorage devices have many other benefits too such as shor- tening overall treatment time, removing the need for rubber bands, and even making some oral surgeries unnecessa- ry. TADs can also be used in more com- plex and challenging orthodontic treat- ment cases which orthodontists may otherwise find difficult to treat. T he need for headgear during ortho- dontic treatment can sometimes be eliminated by TADs. Cases where a pushing or pulling force is required from an angle outside the mouth would previously have necessitated the use of headgear. Wearing orthodontic head- gear is often uncomfortable, so TADs are a welcome development for patients.
  4. 4. JONATHAN ALEXANDER ABT To read more about this topic, visit the blog of orthodontist Jonathan Alexander-Abt.

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