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The Importance of Dental Rubber Dams: The Key to Long Lasting Composite Restorations

The success of these restorations doesn't solely rely on their visual compatibility with natural teeth. The process behind the placement of these fillings, particularly the use of dental rubber dams, significantly influences their longevity, appearance, and the comfort they offer post-treatment. Despite their substantial benefits, approximately 90% of dental offices bypass this essential tool. Let's explore the pivotal role of dental rubber dams in ensuring the durability and comfort of composite fillings.
A Barrier Against Contaminants
The primary function of a dental rubber dam is to isolate the tooth or teeth being treated, creating a clean and controlled environment. This isolation is critical during composite restorations, as it prevents debris, saliva, and bacteria from compromising the procedure. The significance of this cannot be overstated, as it not only ensures the safety of our patients by preventing unwanted particles from entering the mouth during the treatment but also upholds the integrity of the restoration process itself.
Promoting Long-lasting and Beautiful Fillings
The introduction of a dental rubber dam into the composite restoration process does more than just enhance the aesthetic outcome; it plays a crucial role in ensuring the comfort of the patient post-treatment. One of the common concerns following dental fillings is post-operative sensitivity, a discomfort that can detract from the overall success and satisfaction of the treatment. By ensuring that the area remains dry and free from contamination, the rubber dam significantly reduces the chances of post-op sensitivity. This is because the clean and controlled environment facilitated by the dam allows for optimal bonding of the composite material to the tooth, eliminating potential gaps that could lead to sensitivity. The result; Beautiful, long-lasting composite fillings that our patients enjoy without the worry of discomfort.
Incorporating rubber dams into the protocol for composite restorations reflects a dental office's commitment to providing not only top-notch treatments but also ensuring the utmost in patient comfort and satisfaction. For patients, opting for a dental practice that employs rubber dams in their procedures is a wise choice, promising fillings that are visually pleasing but also comfortable and enduring.
Call our office today to learn more about the benefits of Dental Rubber Dams.

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