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What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?


Posted on 11/30/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?If someone tells you they have a temporary anchorage device, you may wonder if they are talking about something for their boat. It is not a term that people talk about.

Because of that, most people have no idea what it is. Finding out it is something use to help with your oral health can give you an idea of what it is, but there are other things to know about it.

What Are They?

Temporary anchorage devices are used in orthotics. They are a small metal device implanted in the mouth. They are not something that will stay in place forever. Rather, they provide a solid anchor point for some other device to attach to. They are typically in place for a few months and then removed. When in place, they provide a stable, fixed point for other teeth to move around. Temporary anchorage devices are made out of a titanium alloy.

Who Benefits from Them

Many may wonder why someone would want to put a screw in their mouth that can serve as an anchor for a few months. Temporary anchorage devices serve a very useful purpose for people with orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to help bring the teeth into alignment. Through the use of force, teeth are slowly moved into place through the orthodontics.

When temporary anchorage points are put in place, it helps increase the amount of force applied to move the teeth. It can help shorten the amount of time needed wearing the orthodontics. It also can get rid of the need for the rubber bands that many people had to wear with their braces.

For some people, screwing a piece of metal into their mouth to attach a wire to it may sound a little drastic. When compared to the alternatives, it makes a lot of sense. It allows for more complicated procedures and for shorter times wearing orthodontics. When all is said and done, the screw is taken out, and the wound heals.

Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment.
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