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Topic: Who places miniscrews?
Posted: Friday, June 6, 2008 9:26:31 PM
We have made arrangements with an oral surgeon to place our TAD's for the same cost he would charge to remove a tooth. I mark on the patient photos where to place the TAD's and he places them and then charges the patient for the cost of the TAD and the equivalent cost of an extraction. This process has worked well for us, the patients, and the oral surgeon.

As I travel around the country doing my lectures and speaking with orthodontists, I note that more and more TAD's are being used by orthodontists. Many of the TAD's are being placed by younger orthodontists, while some are being placed by older orthodontists, but many of these doctors are referring the procedure of placing the TADS out to oral surgeons or periodontists. Many doctors don't want to give injections. I feel in the future more and more orthodontists will be placing TAD's themselves, but it will be an evolution.

--Jerry Clark, DDS

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