Importance of Rubber Dam Isolation: Did you know that use of rubber dam isolation is the standard of care in the USA?
A dental dam is a sheet of latex or non-latex material with a hole punched in it to allow placement around the tooth during the endodontic procedure. Tooth isolation using the dental dam is the standard of care for a root canal, and it is integral to, and essential for, the success of root canal therapy. One of the primary objectives of endodontic treatment is disinfection of the root canal system, and dental dam isolation minimizes the risk of bacteria from your mouth contaminating the root canal system. The dental dam also offers other benefits, such as aiding in visualization by providing a clean operating field, and by preventing ingestion or aspiration of the dental materials, solutions and instruments used during treatment.