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Do I seriously need to have an oral dam? I don’t think I can cope with having one

Im told and have talked through very carefully with the dentist, that I need a crown on my lower left lateral incisor. I have a very good dentist to whose surgery I moved to last year in a bid to get over my phobia, who is very nice and makes me feel comfortable. as such I trust him and have agreed to go through with the procedure as planned. …as planned, when he was talking me through it I heard him say he was going to use a ‘dam’ now I didn’t consider this when he said it- I didn’t pick up on it until a few days later. I then researched what an oral dam is and what its used for (dental purpose) , put simply I cant have that thing! no way. I have asked on here without yet consulting my dentist because I want to go to him knowing my options I didn’t want him to think I was backing out and misplace his trust that would make it much worse id rather say “can we do this instead?” sort of thing? do I have to have it? and what are therefore the alternatives if there are any

Please don’t worry – ask your dentist if he or she is OK to do the work without the dam and I am sure he can find a way around it if necessary it’s not an integral part of the procedure. He should understand your concern and will not mind being asked im sure.

Best wishes,


Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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