Illustrated Pediatric Dentistry - Part 2

Isolation Techniques in Pediatric Dentistry

Author(s): Dhanashree Sakhare and Prachi Goyal *

Pp: 135-153 (19)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815080773123010011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Isolation of the operating field is a fundamental aspect of pediatric dentistry. The complexity of the oral environment presents many obstacles to performing dental treatment procedures. To minimize them, proper isolation is required to control the operating field as well as provide safe and quality treatment [1]. A rubber dam is considered the optimum isolation technique due to several advantages, such as providing an aseptic environment, minimizing the potential risk of transferring infective microbes between the operator and the patient, and preventing any ingestion or aspiration of dental instruments during a dental procedure [2]. Children may feel that the treatment takes place outside of their mouth. Nevertheless, children indeed tolerate longer treatments once the rubber dam has been applied. Other techniques such as cotton rolls and saliva ejectors are routinely used in paediatric dentistry besides rubber dams due to their ease of usage.

Keywords: Clamps, Cotton Rolls, Isolation, Retraction Cords, Rubber Dam, Throat Shields.

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