My Dentist uses rubber dam for many dental procedures.
It was invented by Dr. Sandford C. Barnum around 1882.
A Cochrane meta-analysis in 2016 has found that fillings done under dam last twice as long.
Rubber dam is placed with a tooth clamp and frame.
The tooth becomes isolated from the rest of the mouth.
Soft tissues are retracted out of the working area.
It is necessary to breathe through the nose.
A hole can be cut in the dam to allow for mouth breathing.
Non latex dam is available for patients with a latex allergy.
- Prevents cross infection ( corona virus)
- Reduces bacterial aerosol spray.
- Protects the patients airway from tooth debris.