6: INSTRUMENTS USED FOR RUBBER DAM PLACEMENT

SECTION 6

INSTRUMENTS USED FOR RUBBER DAM PLACEMENT

A rubber dam is a thin sheet of material that is used to isolate the desired tooth or teeth to:

  • aid moisture control
  • protect the patient’s airway
  • aid operator visibility and access
  • reduce aerosols caused by the air turbine handpiece
  • provide patient comfort by reducing the amount of water and materials in the mouth
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Figure 6.1

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Figure 6.2

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FIGURE 6.1a, b

Name

Rubber dam punch

Functions

  • Used to perforate the rubber dam material with holes of various sizes corresponding to the size of the tooth to be isolated
  • Size and position of the teeth to be isolated determines the orientation of the punched holes
  • Punch stylus pierces a hole in the rubber dam sheet
  • When the handle of the rubber dam punch is closed, the punch stylus meets the punch plate, which has serrated edges, to create a ‘clean’ punch

Varieties

  • Available in various styles depending on the manufacturer
  • In some styles, the punch stylus and plate can be replaced when they become dull (according to the manufacturer’s specifications)

FIGURE 6.2a, b, c

Name

Rubber dam clamps

Functions and parts

  • Used to stabilise and secure the rubber dam sheet during treatment
  • Usually made from chrome- or nickel-plated steel – autoclavable
  • Bow – rounds over the tooth. Varies between clamps and is flexible so that the />
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Jan 8, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Nursing and Assisting | Comments Off on 6: INSTRUMENTS USED FOR RUBBER DAM PLACEMENT
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