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Quintessence International



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Quintessence Int 26 (1995), No. 4     1. Apr. 1995
Quintessence Int 26 (1995), No. 4  (01.04.1995)

Page 243-252

Secondary retention of rubber dam: Effective moisture control and access considerations
Primary rubber dam retention affects attachment of the latex sheet to the anchor teeth bordering the isolated working field. Secondary rubber dam retention is the provision of an effective seal at the dam-tooth junction, which is essential to the maintenance of adequate access and moisture control within the working field. Practical hints are offered to optimize access and moisture control through well-planned and properly executed secondary retention of classic rubber dam applications. In addition, innovative solutions to the limitations of general field isolation, which pertain mostly to secondary retention of the unrestrained buccal and lingual curtains of the slit dam, are introduced.