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Anchorage (medicine)

Anchorage (pronounced: /ˈæŋ.kər.ɪdʒ/) is a term used in various fields of medicine, including orthodontics, surgery, and prosthodontics. The term originates from the English word "anchor," which refers to a device used to secure something firmly. In the medical context, anchorage refers to the resistance to displacement under force.


In orthodontics, anchorage refers to the way in which teeth are held in place while they are being moved. This is often achieved through the use of braces or other orthodontic appliances. The anchorage can be either intraoral (within the mouth) or extraoral (outside the mouth).


In surgery, anchorage refers to the method of securing surgical implants, such as screws, plates, or sutures, to the body. This is crucial for the success of many surgical procedures, as it ensures that the implant remains in the correct position.


In prosthodontics, anchorage refers to the way in which dental prostheses, such as dentures or bridges, are held in place. This can be achieved through various methods, including the use of dental implants or natural teeth.

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