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Isolation (Rubberdam) Hands-On Course - Dr. Stephane Browet

All you need to know about isolation and rubberdam

Since its introduction in 1864 the presumed use of rubberdam in multiple dental procedures has increased. Nevertheless, in daily practice the usage is not as widely spread as one would expect. Many reasons or excuses are being given not to use this simple means of isolation. The idea is simple, the practical execution is another story. Especially knowing that the use of rubberdam implies that we, as dental professionals, plan our work efficiently and that we can communicate well with our patients. It is without any doubt mandatory to use rubberdam during endodontic procedures and adhesive procedures. Furthermore, this course tells us what is possible if we ask ourselves the question: What if...  


Topics that will be addressed:

  • Obstacles.
  • Materials.
  • Inversion.
  • Strategy.
  • Endo-restorative continuum.
  • Sequence flowchart.
  • Keys to success.


High quality dentistry begins at the base of the pyramid. Join us for an exceptional experience where the foundation of quality treatment is learned in a fun and interactive way.

During the masterclass, numerous clinical examples will demonstrate how every isolation challenge can be addressed and categorized into one of the 4 main configurations. Step-by-step procedures teach the techniques. Tips and tricks are demonstrated in relation to restorative procedures. During the hands-on all the procedures are practiced on phantom heads. Special isolations and combinations are also practiced. At the end of the hands-on there will be a competition and the participants will challenge each other in “The Fast and the Furious” for the fastest isolation.


You will learn:

  • The criteria for the right materials to use.
  • The strategy to predictably isolate the operation field, even in difficult situations.
  • To master the techniques to isolate.
  • To develop a creative mind to come up with new solutions if needed.


The morning is mainly theoretical

09.00 - 10.30 Obstacles.
Materials: Dam, punch, forceps, and clamps.
Positioning holes and punching holes.
General application rules, placement, and pitfalls
10.30 - 11.00 Break
11.00 - 12.30 Inversion.
Add-ons like teflon tape and retraction chord.
4 BASIC isolation configurations.
Sequence flowchart.
Endo-restorative continuum.
Clinical challenges and examples.
Extreme isolations.
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

The afternoon is mainly hands-on sessions

13.30 - 15.00 Step by step exercises on the phantom heads.
Single tooth isolation anterior.
Single tooth isolation posterior.
Isolation of the cervical area.
15.00 - 15.30 Break
15.30 - 17.00 Quadrant isolation.
Quadrant isolation with additional clamps.
Anterior sextant isolation.
Complex isolations and combinations.
Fast & Furious competition.



Radisson Blu Airport Hotel, Oslo Gardemoen
2060 Oslo (Gardemoen Airport)
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Margrethepladsen 1
8000 Aarhus