The standard of care for endodontics is to place a rubber dam on each and every case. I have completed around 30,000 root canals, never without a rubber dam. I would rather not do the root canal than do one without a rubber dam.
So what comprises an ideal rubber dam? The rubber dam clamp should be black for less glare and reflection when using a surgical microscope or lopes and a headlamp. The forceps should have a longer “beak” for easier placement of the rubber dam clamp on molar teeth. The punch should make an even, continuous hole in the rubber dam, facilitating less tearing of the dam. This is the thinking that went into designing and vetting the rubber dam portion of the catalog for Berman Instruments.
Therefore, I punch the hole after placing the rubber dam on the frame, insert the clamp, and then put the whole assembly onto the tooth in approximately 30 seconds. Since the #14 clamp has wings, I use an explorer to slide the material over the wings. There you have it: a well-sealed single tooth ready for access.
Berman Instruments offers these items at 50 percent below what you’re most likely paying. Who knew you could purchase a rubber dam clamp for under $5!
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