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Should i be concerned that my dentist performed a root canal on me without the use of a dental dam?

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Dr. Steven Bender answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Maybe: The usual protocol for a root canal is to have the tooth isolated with a dental dam to reduce the risk of bacterial infestation. However, there are cases wher it is not possible to use on. I can't judge the procedure your dentist used without knowing all the details of your circumstances.

Answered 11/24/2013

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Of course: It is hard to determine is this type of forum why your dentist did not use a dam when it is the standard of care for the procedure. I would suggest that you ask your dentist why he/she did not elect to do so on you.

Answered 11/15/2012

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Dr. Jeffrey Buxton answered

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Hard to say.: Standard procedure is to use a rubber dam but sometimes it is not possible. Other ways to isolate the tooth are through the use of a product called an isolite.

Answered 11/20/2012

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Dr. Robert Landman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

DAM: I ended up getting in a dispute with one of my faculty back in dental school, as i couldn't get the dam dam around a tooth being worked on. He wasn't able to either...As a matter of principle we try, it makes for management of the field as well as your protection a lot better

Answered 5/2/2015

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Dr. Paul Grin answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Standard of care: The dental dam is the standard of care. There are very few instances when a rubber dam isn't warranted for root canal therapy.

Answered 5/14/2015

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