TADS, or temporary anchorage devices, are basically short-term dental implants used with braces in some patients. By providing firm leverage for movement of teeth, TADS can prevent undesirable tooth movements during treatment and eliminate the need for unwieldy extra appliances. Here is more about this treatment from our Houston TADS dentist, what it offers and how it works.
Movement of teeth during orthodontic treatment involves pulling teeth in different directions while using other teeth for support. Some tooth movements require more force than others, normally creating a chance that other teeth will move out of place in the process. TADS, which are essentially screws placed into the jaw bone before orthodontic treatment and removed afterwards, offer completely firm support that can be used for a wide variety of tooth movements.
By receiving this option from our provider of TADS in Houston, patients may enjoy faster treatment than they would have received otherwise and can often avoid using headgear, lip bumpers, and other relatively unpopular appliances. Closing gaps, straightening, and correcting super-erupted teeth are a few of the uses for which TADS can be useful. TADS can eliminate the need for surgery or tooth replacements later on for some patients.
TADS are placed in the gums under local anesthesia before orthodontic treatment starts. Patients may experience pressure in the jaw during the procedure and the day afterwards, but pain is uncommon. Depending on the patient, the TADS may be left in place for a few months or longer. After treatment is complete, our Houston TADS dentist will remove the temporary anchorage devices. Removal is actually simpler than installation because the holes for the devices are still present.
Braces always require some extra oral hygiene during treatment, and TADS do contribute to this necessity. Brushing and flossing every day, and attending check-ups from our provider of TADS in Houston will help minimize risks of tooth decay and gum disease in the meantime. At a consultation with our Houston orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center, you can find out if TADS would be beneficial for you.
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