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People often ask how long will their new filling last. This is a great question. The better you take care of your oral health, using night guards and cavity prevention products are part of it, but what most people don’t realize is that white fillings rely on a dry environment when they are being placed. Having your dentist isolate the tooth can improve the conditions and provide the best chance of the filling lasting as long as possible.

Dr. Edwards and his friendly team want you to have the best dental experience possible, which is why we use the best and most beneficial equipment at our office. The two products we would like to talk about today are the Dental Rubber Dams and the DryShield.

Dental Rubber Dams

Dental rubber dams are like thin, rubber blankets that are placed over your mouth. The blanket is clamped and wrapped around the tooth that is being worked on. This will help keep the area dry and will help keep the dentist’s focus on the single tooth.

There are many advantages to the dental rubber dam, and those advantages are:

-The dam will help keep the tooth dry, which will make the treatment easier for the dentist.
-The dam will protect the patient by keeping the debris, chemicals, and dental drill away from unnecessary areas of the mouth.
-The dam helps keep the tooth away from the bacteria that are present in the mouth.
-The dam can reduce the time spent in treatment.
-The dam can help calm a patient because it makes it feel like the dentist’s hands aren’t actually inside the mouth.
-The dam can help administer nitrous oxide because it forces the patient to breathe through the nose.
-The dam can protect the dentist and dental team from any diseases that the patient may have.


The DryShield is a handy tool that is a high-suction evacuator, saliva ejector, bite blocker, tongue shielder, and oral pathway protector. This is a great product that is considered to be an all-in-one isolation system that brings ease and comfort to dentists and patients. This tool helps dentists provide quality dentistry and a positive dental experience. There are many more advantages to this equipment, and those advantages are:

-It is simple to install and easy to use.
-It ensures the patient’s safety and comfort.
-It reduces the amount of time spent in treatment.
-It frees the dental assistant to be able to multi-task.
-It is autoclavable and affordable.

If you would like to know more about the dental equipment we use in our office, please feel free to call 661-254-4000 today and talk to a member of our friendly and helpful dental team. We are more than happy to tell you all about the tools and products we use at our office so you can be prepared for each visit. We look forward to hearing from you!