Rubber-Dam is a small stretchable sheet of rubber that dentists use to isolate teeth that dentist are working on and keep them dry. Rubber Dam also prevents debris falling into the throat.

How it is placed

To place Rubber Dam in mouth, a hole is made into it keeping the teeth-size and its location in mind. Then one or more small metal clamps are put on the teeth and then Rubber Dam is attached to the clamps. Then remaining rubber-dam is stretched using a small metal frame which keeps it stretched and out of the way, covering entire part of mouth.

Benefits of using Rubber Dam

Moisture presents a problem in the performance of many dental operations. Dryness of the operative field is essential to the success of restorations and endodontic procedures. The use of the rubber dam is the best method of maintaining a dry field. Rubber dam equipment is listed and illustrated in figure below. 

Rubber dam equipment.

Problems of using Rubber Dam

Not every patient is able to use a rubber dam. People with strong gag reflexes often have a difficult time wearing a rubber dam because the tongue is not able to penetrate through the rubber dam. People that suffer from claustrophobia may also have a difficult time wearing a rubber dam, for similar reasons. In the case of a gag reflex or claustrophobia, a small hole may be cut into the rubber dam to allow the tongue to penetrate through the rubber dam.

Rubber Dam Clamps

Following Rubber Dam Clamps are most commonly used.

  • Ivory Punch
  • Lightweight Rubber Dam Forceps
  • Rubber Dam Frame 6″
  • Stainless Steel Frame
  • Stainless Steel Clamps Tray
  • Stainless Steel Tray with Lid
  • 40 Pcs Rubber Dam Clamps

Rubber Dam Punchers

Rubber Dam Punchers are the instruments used to make hole in Rubber Dam sheet. Ivory Punch and Lightweight Ivory Forceps are the two most commonly used instruments to make punches in the Rubber Dam sheet. 

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