dental dam

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A thin sheet of rubber which is pierced by a dental dam punch to allow the crowns of one or more teeth to protrude through and provide improved moisture control, operator visibility, airway protection, patient comfort, and infection control. It is manufactured in different thicknesses, colours, and sizes (usually 6-inch square), and may be made of latex or non-latex materials. It is normally supported by a dental dam frame and retained on the teeth by dental dam clamps, floss, or rubber (latex or latex-free) strips. Dental dam clamp forceps, the tips of which engage in holes on the clamp, are used to place the clamp on the tooth and subsequently to remove it.

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