Tools of trade: Roeko Flexi Dam

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by Dr Soo-Wee Ong, Dewhurst Dental, Armidale, NSW

 

Even though I have long known that all restorations, especially composite restorations, should be accompanied with the use of a rubber dam, I must admit I haven’t always been consistent in using them. However, ever since switching to the Roeko Flexi Dam about 12 months ago, it’s now a no-brainer.

 

What’s good about it

It helps make the working environment stress free and also speeds up the work. The material is so strong and flexible, it rarely tears and makes placement a breeze.

I now use this rubber dam for isolation with almost all operative procedures including simple restorations, root canal procedures, quadrant work, and even crown preparations. It makes everything so much easier for myself, my assistant and the patient.

Getting the right clamp is important and I mainly use the 26N or 27N clamp depending on the situation. For most operative procedures, I isolate the whole quadrant, often using a split dam technique. For root canal procedures, I keep it simple with a winged clamp and single tooth isolation.

I can honestly say that my patients have welcomed the use of a rubber dam for all their operative procedures. They are much more comfortable and stress free.

 

What’s not so good about it

If you’re not a regular user of a rubber dam, you have to get into the habit of using it and ensuring your technique is efficient so placement takes less than a few seconds. Also, this rubber dam is more expensive than traditional rubber dams.

 

Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas.

 

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