Isolation with rubber dam has received renewed attention as a result of the pandemic for its benefits in infection control. Whilst taught at dental school as the gold standard for isolation, it has never been especially popular amongst GDPs. This presentation will address the common obstacles to its use and demonstrate how it can help you work more quickly, effectively and enjoyably.
a brief history;
relevance in a post-COVID world;
common objections and their solutions;
alternatives to clamps for anteriors;
'split dam' technique;
obtaining an effective seal; and
numerous tips for restorative procedures.
On completion you will be able to review how rubber dam can be used as part of your infection control measures, assist in general restorative procedures, and be able to overcome challenges that you may have had previously with its use.
General Dental Practitioner, Lecturer and postgraduate tutor, FGDP Examiner
BDS LDS RCS, MFGDP, MGDS RCS, FFGDP RCS FCGDent FDS RCS(Eng) Cert Practice Appraisal
General Dental Practitioner, Lecturer and postgraduate tutor, FGDP Examiner Wise Dentistry (head office) James qualified from Guys in 1981 and spent 6 months as House Surgeon before going into private practice.
In 1986 he set up his own practice and being of enquiring mind worked his way through the portfolio of postgraduate study offered by the Royal College of Surgeons and the Faculty of General Dental Practice gaining the ultimate, the Fellowship in 2004. He has a major interest in education and lectures widely, from VT right through to Fellowship Mentoring and has been part of the Mentoring Development Group. He is a Fellowship Assessor and a Course Director (Manchester) for the FGDP(UK) Diploma/MSc in Restorative Dentistry. He has been a Board member and also a Course Tutor for the IQE examination. James runs several hands-on courses with his well-known humorous style. He gained the Certificate in Practice Appraisal in 2005 and so is well aware of the real issues faced by General Practitioners.
Having been a keen Meccano builder as a child, James performs all his own prosthodontic laboratory work and is happiest hand-tinting acrylic for natural looking dentures or setting up teeth at the chairside with input from the patient.