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Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, allow patients who require surgery for orthodontic care, to receive non-surgical treatment. A TAD is a biocompatible device fixed to bone for the purpose of adding additional anchorage. TADs are used in conjunction with traditional braces. Some patients have cases where there is no anchor to subtly push or pull a tooth into place, and surgery would normally be used. However, with TAD technology surgery can be avoided and teeth still moved into correct position. Once the teeth have moved into correct position, the TAD may be removed. Dr. Garlock has been trained in the most progressive and clinically successful techniques of TAD placement.

How are TADs placed?

The process begins by applying a very strong anesthetic gel to numb the gum tissue where the TADS will be placed.Once numb, Dr. Garlock will gently place the TAD. Some pressure may be felt as the TAD is placed, but nothing more. The entire experience is quick and painless. Within a day, you body will become numb to the presence of the TAD, and you will no longer be able to feel it.Once your treatment has come to an end, the TAD will be removed using a similar procedure.

Care for your TAD

If you happen to feel discomfort with your TAD, over the counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen will resolve the pain.If pain continues, please don’t hesitate to call Dr. Garlock. He will work quickly to resolve any issue you may be experiencing. TAD's should not have any long-term discomfort.

As with the care of your orthodontic braces, TADs need to be cleaned and maintained. Each time you brush your teeth, gently brush on and around the TAD.This will prevent unwanted plaque buildup and infection around the TAD and gum area where the TAD may be placed. Mouthwash can help in conjunction with brushing.