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What is a Temporary Anchorage Device?


Posted on 7/23/2019 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
What is a Temporary Anchorage Device?Some people may think a temporary anchorage device is something found on a boat. It surprises them to learn that it has something to do with their oral health. When they find out that, the confusion only grows. With a little help, it is easy to understand what these devices are and who would need them.

The Basics of a Temporary Anchorage Device

The temporary anchorage devices is a small device that resembles a screw. The devices are implanted into the jaw to serve as a point where it is possible to anchor something to it. The anchorage device is typically made out of titanium alloy to cause the fewest problems while it is in place. Once it is no longer needed, the anchorage device gets removed. That is why it is called temporary.

The Reasons for a temporary Anchorage Device

It is easy to say that this device is simply a screw that serves as an anchor point, but that does not answer the question of why someone would need this type of device and why it is a temporary device. The answer lies in what gets anchored to the device. The temporary anchorage device helps move teeth around. By anchoring the teeth to a fixed point, tension is put on the wire and that helps slowly move teeth to the desired place. These devices are often used in connection with different types of braces.

The device is temporary because once the tooth is in the right place, there is no need to maintain any tension on it and there is no need for the anchorage device. There are times when it is possible to use the back teeth as an anchor point, but in cases where this is not possible the temporary anchorage devices can help. The placement and removal of these devices is a relatively painless procedure that carries few risks.

For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.


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