Endodontists stress importance of closing dental dam gap
Dental dams are an essential tool when performing endodontic treatment. Their importance, however, is sometimes underestimated. (Image: Sergii Kuchugurnyi/Shutterstock)
LEIPZIG, Germany: The idea of using a sheet of rubber to create a dry work environment for dental professionals goes back to the nineteenth century and can be attributed to Dr Sanford Christie Barnum. In the spring of 1864, the dentist from New York had the idea of making a hole in his protective napkin and placing it around his patient’s tooth. And just like that, the rubber dam was born. Now, over 150 years later, the use of rubber dams during endodontic procedures is considered common practice and is recommended by international associations and organisations. However, for various reasons, not all dental professionals performing endodontic treatment adhere to these standards. General dental practitioners seem to struggle with its use more than endodontists do. But why is this the case and what can be done to promote rubber dam tooth isolation?
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