The Use of a Dental Dam during Implant Placement A Novel Case Report and Review
DDS, MSD, MSHPE, Loma Linda University, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Tory S
DDS, MSD, MSHPE
Loma Linda University, USA
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Received date June 18, 2016; Accepted date June 29, 2016; Published date July 01, 2016
Citation: Tory S (2016) The Use of a Dental Dam during Implant Placement – A Novel Case Report and Review. Dent Implants Dentures 1:109. doi:10.4172/2572-4835.1000109
Copyright: © 2016 Tory S. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Background: It is beneficial to reduce the ingestion/aspiration of dental instruments during implant placement. It may be beneficial to reduce the bacterial load during implant placement procedures, as biofilm formation on implants can lead to failure. A dental dam may help reduce ingress of oral bacteria during implant placement. Case Description: This case report demonstrates the use of a dental dam during the surgical placement of a dental implant. A literature review is presented that includes a history and rationale for the use of dental dams during various dental procedures. It also reviews the risks of aspirating/ingesting implant instruments. Practical Implications: Use of a dental dam during implant placement offers operator conveniences, while also providing a safer field with less chance of instrument swallowing and may offer a less bacteria-laden operating field.