What is an isolation device and why do we use it?

Posted Jun 26th, 2019

What is an isolation device and why do we use it?

Patients often do not want to have any isolation devices in their mouths during dental procedures.


As a dental assistant I often come across patients who do not want to have any isolation devices in their mouths during dental procedures.

Why is isolation necessary?

I always try to explain the necessity of the isolation, because of the safety advantage, moisture control and better quality of restorations, sealants, root canals and basically every dental procedure, where we need isolation.

Isolation can be achieved 3 ways: cotton rolls, rubber dams and Isolite mouthpiece.

Benefits of Isolite mouthpiece

When the Isolation Mouthpiece is put in place, the patients tongue are automatically retracted and protected, resulting in decrease in the risk of patients injury. The mouthpiece minimizes the chances of debris entering airways.

This makes the patient more comfortable.

The patient can comfortably rest the jaw on the built-in bite block, and dentist can have free access to both the upper and lower quadrants.

Mouthpieces have different sizes for every patient to maximize patient's comfort: child or adult. All mouthpieces are single use.

Contact our Calgary dentists about what type of isolation may be right for you.

By Oksana Cherbina, Registered Dental Assistant 

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