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The Use of a Dental Dam during Implant Placement and Pertinent Literature Review []
. 2017; 2(1): 8 | DOI: 10.5152/eej.2017.16048

The Use of a Dental Dam during Implant Placement and Pertinent Literature Review

Tory Silvestrin, Leif Bakland
Department of Endodontics Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda, CA, United States of America

In some regions, endodontists are increasingly placing implants in their daily practice. Endodontists have been proponents of the use of a dental dam during root canal treatment. It is beneficial to reduce the inges- tion/aspiration of dental instruments during implant placement. It may be beneficial to reduce the bacterial load during implant placement procedures because biofilm formation on implants can lead to failure. A den- tal dam may help reduce the ingress of oral bacteria during implant placement.
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 the history and rationale for the use of dental dams during various dental procedures. It also reviews the risks of aspirating/ingesting implant instruments.
The use of a dental dam during implant placement offers certain operator conveniences, while also providing a safer field with less chance of instrument swallowing. It is expected that the technique offers a less bacte- ria-laden operating field due to the reduction in salivary ingress into the surgical site.

Keywords: Dental implants, endodontics, rubber dams.

Tory Silvestrin, Leif Bakland. The Use of a Dental Dam during Implant Placement and Pertinent Literature Review. . 2017; 2(1): 8

Corresponding Author: Tory Silvestrin, United States

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