While most people have heard that dental implants can be used to permanently replace missing teeth, another emerging and related class of implants known as Tempoary Anchorage Devices (TAD's) have made their way into orthodontic technology. These devices are essentially lag screws, which can be placed in suitable bone almost anywhere in the jaws on a temporary basis for the purpose of providing a stable point (anchorage) against which teeth can be moved in a particular direction during orthodontic treatment.
For maximum patient comfort and safety, we have oral surgeons place the TAD'S under local anesthesia in the location(s) we specify. Long-term research is not yet available for these devices but short term clinical studies are promising. The theory behind their use is well founded and the downside risks are minimal. With proper use, TAD'S are likely to revolutionize orthodontic care in several ways. For example, it's possible that in some cases where jaw surgery would have been the treatment of choice, TAD'S would allow a similar result without the surgery. Currently, our TAD usage is primarily directed towards achieving headgear or Forsus Appliance type movement without patient compliance. Watch our website in future months for examples of what we have been able to achieve with TAD'S.