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

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Bender
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Bender
Dr. Steven Bender
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Jeffrey Buxton
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeffrey Buxton
Dr. Jeffrey Buxton
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Dr. Kim Capehart
Sometimes a rubber dam is not possible to use but as a standard of care, a rubber dam for root canal therapy is the norm.
Dr. Robert Landman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: DAM

I ended up getting in a dispute with one of my faculty back in dental school, as i couldn't get the damn 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

In brief: DAM

I ended up getting in a dispute with one of my faculty back in dental school, as i couldn't get the damn 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
Dr. Robert Landman
Dr. Robert Landman
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Charles Kattuah
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