Tools of the trade: Insti-Dam

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Instidamby Dr Gordon McLean, Southern Dental Care, Morphett Vale, SA

I’ve been using this dam for about 10 years and find it of great benefit when working on teeth at the front of the mouth. Patients generally find it’s very comfortable and non-threatening.

What’s good about it

The Insti-Dam comes with a flexible, built-in frame and is very quick and easy to slot over the tooth. It only takes about 15 or 20 seconds to have the dam in position.

It also has an offset pre-punched hole that makes positioning easy. Although the hole is a little on the large size, it generally works very well. It effectively stops water and chemicals going down the back of the patient’s throat. It is very easy to clear out with an evacuator.

Patients tolerate it very well though that may be because it tends to be used at the front of the mouth. As with any dam, it can make some patients feel claustrophobic and, in those cases, we have to go without.

Due to the attached frame, it’s a little bit more expensive than a normal dam. However, the convenience and ease of use certainly saves you from a lot of mucking around. It’s a great little time saver.

What’s not so good

While the Insti-Dam works well in the front part of the mouth, it isn’t suitable for back teeth. I use it from the second premolar forward but if I’m doing work further back then I use a regular dam. It would be nice if it could reach a bit further back but it just won’t stretch that far.

Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas.

 

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