One of the finer points of a root canal procedure involves protecting patients from bacterial infection with the use of a “dental dam.” This involves placing a soft latex or silicone shield over the patient’s teeth and holding it in place with a clamp so that only the affected tooth pokes through an opening in the shield. This procedure, recommended by the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists), prevents the patient’s saliva from getting into the tooth and contaminating the root canal with bacteria. It also protects the patient’s mouth from the strong disinfectants that are used to clean the root canal. With the dam in place, patients can still breathe through their mouths and noses, yawn, swallow, and cough.
Today’s explanation about the necessity for a dental dam is very informative. At West Brookfield Dental, we believe in the importance of regular dental health care. We’re located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield, where we encourage a healthy habit of regular dental checkups so your smiles will last a lifetime. We want you and your family to look and feel your very best. Please call us at 508.867.2777 to schedule an appointment.
P.S. Research shows that the success rate of root canal treatment is higher if a dental dam is used.