Just Floss It

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Have you ever had the rubber dam on and been prepping a tooth for an onlay, trying to restore a Class II composite, or insert a crown and no matter what you do the dam keeps getting in the way? Yup. No wonder we all loathe rubber dam isolation (#RDI). Next time, before you toss that rubber, try using a floss ligature to better adapt the dam. Simply take a LONG piece of dental floss, fold it in half lengthwise, place your thumb and index in the loop, fold it over pulling the proximal portions of the two tails through, and now you have two loops. Place both loops around the tooth in question working it apically and tightening with the loose ends to get that dam out of the way. If my terribly worded description didn’t help, this video will likely show you how better!

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