Iosis team learning about advance Rubber Dam techniques

Dr. Laura Hills and nurse Chloe Barton attending the advance Rubber Dam training course Ace Advanced Centre of Excellence. 

What is a dental dam?

A dental dam (also known as a rubber dam) is a protective sheet with a hole in it. It is placed over the treatment area to isolate it and help prevent the spread of bacteria during procedures. Dental dams are typically made of latex but other materials can be used if the patient is allergic to latex.

What are dental dams used for?

Dental dams are used for a variety of procedures, specifically those that require isolation. They are typically used to isolate a tooth or a specific area of the mouth for a more visible treatment area and to stop excess fluids and bacteria from entering the treatment site.

The advantages of using a dental dam

Dental dams come with several benefits, the most important being they help prevent bacteria from entering the treatment area. Other advantages of dental dams include:

Targeting the problem area – dental sheets help to isolate the treatment area and provide a clean and clear space for treatment to take place.

Improved visibility of operating area – as well as helping to target the right areas, dams also enhances visibility over the operating area, allowing for a safer treatment.

Prevents fluids from entering the treatment area – dental dams help prevent saliva and blood from entering the treatment area.

Prevents patients from swallowing fluids – the dam will also help direct fluids away from the patient’s mouth, making the procedure more comfortable and hygienic.