Rubber Dams Protect Patients

Dr. Beck & Dr. Morrow at Mt. Tabor Dental take great pride in providing state-of-the-art dental care to our patients. One of the most important ways we protect our patients and help ensure lasting restorations is the use of the rubber dam.

What is a Dental Rubber Dam?

A rubber dam is a simple piece of equipment in the form of a piece of latex or silicone. This material is then cut to fit around a patient’s teeth in order to provide necessary treatment. Although simple in form and practice, this important piece of rubber has many advantages.

Advantages of Dental Rubber Dams

Used in dentistry for over 150 years, using a dental rubber dam has three main advantages.  First, it helps improve patient safety and reduce dental anxiety by creating a physical separation between the patient and the dental procedure being performed.  Another advantage is that the rubber dam minimizes contamination of the root system by reducing the bacterial load in the operating field during endodontic therapy procedures. Last, dental dams keep the operating field isolated and dry, which is necessary for some dental procedures.  This advantage is especially important when placing composite (tooth-colored) restorations, which are technique sensitive and require a very dry field in order to achieve long term success.

Use of Dental Rubber Dams

Not all dental practices use rubber dams routinely, but Dr. Beck and Dr. Morrow take this extra step in order to protect our patients.  We spend a lot of time and put a lot of work into producing high-quality dentistry, and using  the rubber dam helps our restorations last longer.  Of course, not all situations necessitate the use of the rubber dam, but we always try our best to use them when indicated.  If you have any additional questions or concerns about the use of the rubber dam or about how it benefits our patients, please contact Dr. Beck or Dr. Morrow at South Waterfront Dental.

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