Advantages of Using a Rubber Dam

Rubber dam is a sheet of rubber placed over the mouth with small holes punched in the dam to allow the teeth being worked upon to protrude through the holes. Similar to a surgeon’s drape, it isolates the teeth, preventing anything from falling into the back of your mouth and providing dry conditions, so necessary with modern dental materials. The use of the dam dates back over 100 years and its use is taught and advocated by every dental school and many dental materials manufacturers worldwide. However, for various reasons, very few dentists utilize rubber dam after graduation. Granted, one can obtain similar results without using a rubber dam, but the predictability of results cannot be assured without a dam. The longevity of restorations, even though they may look the same initially, is often compromised. It just provides a consistently superior restoration when used.

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