Advantages of Using a Rubber Dam
- To prevent the accidental aspiration or swallowing of instruments, irrigants, fragments of tooth and restorative materials. Practitioners who do not use rubber dam could be considered negligent and place themselves at risk of litigation should an accident occur.
- To prevent contamination of the access cavity and root canal system with saliva.
- Complete long term moisture control.
- To reduce and control the aerosol of microbes and saliva produced when using a turbine handpiece. In addition, the patient does not have a mouth full of water.
- The soft tissues are retracted, affording them protection while the patient is being treated. The inquisitive tongue is kept out of the tooth being treated.
- Rubber dam allows unimpeded vision of the tooth that is being treated. This is especially useful when using a surgical microscope.
- The operative field can be dried, and mirror fogging caused by breathing is prevented.
- Rubber dam produces a watertight seal that allows the safe use of sodium hypochlorite and other disinfectants as irrigants.
- Treatment is quicker and more pleasant for both the patient and the clinician.