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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 97-101

Rubber dam isolation in clinical adhesive dentistry: The prevalence and assessment of associated radiolucencies

1 Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia
2 Intern, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Shafait Ullah Khateeb
Department of Restorative Dental Sciences, College of Dentistry, King Khalid University, Abha
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jdrr.jdrr_81_19

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Aim: This study aims to identify the prevalence of the use of rubber dam (RD) for isolation during resin composite restorations in a clinical scenario. It also aims to evaluate restorations done with and without RD for radiolucencies present postoperatively. Methods: A total of 50 voluntarily participating dentists were asked to do posterior composite restorations for primary caries lesions affecting the occluso-proximal surfaces. The isolation protocols followed were noted, and postoperative bitewing radiographs were evaluated independently by two investigators. The presence of radiolucencies between the tooth-restorative interface and in the body of the restoration was assessed and statistically evaluated using Chi-square test at a significance level of P≤ 0.05. Results: The results showed that 71.5% of the restorations were not done under RD isolation. There was a statistically significant difference in the number of radiolucent areas seen in restorations done with and without RD. Conclusion: This study shows a low percentage of clinicians use RD for isolation during composite restorations. It also indicates that radiolucent areas are more often associated with restorations done without RD isolation. This study stresses that there is a need to change the clinician's convictions about isolation protocols followed during composite restorations.

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