Using the right kind of clamp during a dental procedure can mean the difference between an expert result and a patient returning to the chair, dissatisfied—or worse yet, in pain.
However, choosing the right clamp for your procedure is easier said than done. “You need to know the importance of your clamp selection,” explains Dr. Céline Higton, BDS Hons.
Higton, who recently presented at Seattle Study Club’s 2021 Symposium, says that when dentists get too comfortable using the same methods to isolate teeth for procedures, the results will often fall short of the patient’s standards.
“Good enough is never good enough. That’ll do? No, it won’t” says Higton. “This is my mantra, this is my philosophy, this is how I practice all my dentistry.”
To combat the potential for serious rubber dam placement issues, like slippage, during procedures, “It all hinges on the clamp selection,” says Higton. “Clamps, they are the star of the show.”