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Isolation techniques Dr Heba Mohd Elkhodary. Objectives List the advantages and indications for use of rubber dam. Use the appropriate rubber dam instrumentation.

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1 Isolation techniques Dr Heba Mohd Elkhodary

2 Objectives List the advantages and indications for use of rubber dam. Use the appropriate rubber dam instrumentation and application for the child patient.

3 The objective of isolation is to provide A dry, clean operating field. Access and visibility Improved properties of dental materials Protection of the patient and operator Improved operating efficiently.

4 Different methods of isolation: Rubber dam High volume evacuator Absorbents Retraction cord

5 Mouth prop Cotton rolls and holders + saliva ejector

6 RUBBER DAM It is used to define the operating field by isolating one or more teeth from the oral environment. The dam eliminates saliva from the operating site and retracts the soft tissue.

7 Advantages of Rubber dam Clean, dry operating field. Clear access and visibility. Improves properties of dental materials. Protection of the patient and operator. Improves operating efficiency. Prevents aspiration of fluids used. Prevents accidental ingestion of files/reamers. Prevents injury to soft tissue such as tongue, cheek, gingival. Reduced patients conversation.

8 Disadvantages of Rubber dam - Time consumption - Patient objection Certain conditions may preclude the use of rubber dam: - Incompletely erupted teeth. -Third molar isolation -Extremely mal-positioned teeth. -People suffering from asthma, mouth breathers.

9 Precautions to be taken with using Rubber Dam : Patient must not be a mouth breather. Clamps used must be tightly secured in place and a floss thread must be tied to retrieve the clamp if ingested or aspirated. The dam should be checked not to cover the nostril. Lips should be lubricated to provide drying. The clamp must not impinge on the gingival nor traumatize the adjacent teeth.

10 Armamentarium Rubber dam sheet clamps Rubber dam forceps Rubber dam punch Rubber dam template Rubber dam holder frame Scissor

11 Rubber dam material made of latex material : Size – 5 x 5 inches (Pediatric purpose) 6 x 6 inches (Adult size) Thickness – Thin (0.006”) Medium (0.008”) Heavy (0.010”) Extra-heavy (0.012”) Special heavy (0.014”) Color – green, blue, black, brown. It has a dull and bright surface ?? The dull surface should face the occlusal aspect as it reflects less light. Thicker material resists tear The thinner ones pass through the tight proximal contact easily.

12 Clamps: used to anchor the dam to the posterior tooth to be isolated. Different sizes are available for different teeth.

13 Rubber dam forceps Rubber dam punch

14 Rubber dam template Rubber dam holder/frame

15 Placement of rubber dam Steps involved are: Obtaining anesthesia. Mark the punch holes – using the template. Make punch holes using rubber dam punch. Selection of the correct clamp. Rubber dam placement (one of the 3 methods): - Clamp is placed first on the tooth followed by the sheet - The sheet is placed first followed by the clamp - Both the clamp and the sheet are placed simultaneously; this is possible when winged clamp is being used.

16 Thank you


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