Dental Instruments – Rubber Dam Clamps
Rubber dam clamps are specialized dental instruments used in restorative and endodontic procedures to hold a rubber dam in place around a tooth or group of teeth. A rubber dam is a thin sheet of rubber used to isolate the tooth or teeth being treated, preventing contamination from saliva and other fluids in the mouth.
Rubber dam clamps are designed with a thin, U-shaped metal frame and two or more prongs that are used to secure the rubber dam to the tooth. They come in various sizes and shapes, with different prong designs and handles to accommodate different tooth shapes and positions.
To use rubber dam clamps, the dental professional first selects the appropriate size and shape for the tooth being treated. They then position the clamp on the tooth and gently press down on the handles to engage the prongs and secure the rubber dam in place. The clamp can be adjusted as needed during the procedure to ensure a secure fit.
Proper cleaning and sterilization of rubber dam clamps are important to prevent contamination and ensure patient safety. Dental professionals should follow proper infection control protocols and replace clamps that become worn or damaged.