Temporary anchorage devices are reliable options for orthodontic anchorage

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This systematic review was first published in  2009.

The American Dental Association Center for Evidence-based Dentistry has now published a critical summary of the review.

They identified some issues with the clarity of the inclusion and exclusion criteria and the thoroughness of the search strategy, and the reporting quality. However there was consistency among the studies providing some confidence in the findings.

They found:-

“Evidence suggests that temporary anchorage devices are reliable options for orthodontic anchorage.”

Go to the ADA Critical Summary

The original 2009 review  concluded:-

“Based on the available evidence in the literature, palatal implants and miniplates showed comparable survival rates of >or=90% over a period of at least 12 weeks, and yielded superior survival than miniscrews. Palatal implants and miniplates for temporary anchorage provide reliable absolute orthodontic anchorage.”

Go to the original review abstract

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Derek Richards is a specialist in dental public health, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) Development Team. A former editor of the Evidence-Based Dentistry Journal and chief blogger for the Dental Elf website until December 2023. Derek has been involved with a wide range of evidence-based initiatives both nationally and internationally since 1994. Derek retired from the NHS in 2019 remaining as a part-time senior lecturer at Dundee Dental School until the end of 2023.

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