CDE: [Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Lecture Series] Rubber Dam Isolation: The Cornerstone of Modern Dentistry

Feb, 2021
06:00 PM-07:30 PM

Presented virtually via Zoom Webinar

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm; this virtual lecture will begin promptly at 6:00 pm via Zoom Webinar.
Registration: FREE to view (does not include continuing education credits); Registration is still required.
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CE Credits:
1.5 lecture credits
To receive continuing education credits:
Dentist, $37.50
Penn Dental Medicine Alumni, $28.00
Military, $28.00

Course Description

Over the last 50 years the world that we live in has changed beyond recognition. No industry has been untouched by this modernization, but some, like dentistry have been at the forefront of it. Historically it has not been possible to bond effectively to ‘wet’ dentine as our dental materials knowledge still had to evolve. This has recently changed dramatically with huge technological advancements in adhesive dentistry over the past few decades enabling us to rely increasingly upon ‘the bond’ alone. These adhesive techniques are, however, complex and technically challenging and necessitate a stable and reproducible working environment. By choosing to work with rubber dam, dentists are not only able to maximize the performance of these excellent new materials, but also their ability to work with them proficiently. In this lecture I will discuss how dentistry is fast moving on from mechanically retentive to adhesion based methods and, therefore, how our operating techniques need to adapt. I place a particular emphasis on rubber dam, how to use it effectively and the associated benefits of doing so.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand when and why rubber dam should be used
  • Appreciate the multiple benefits of regularly using rubber dam
  • Understand the importance of material and equipment choice when using rubber dam
  • Understand why clamp choice and shape is so important
  • Comprehend the importance of hole size, hole spacing and dam application techniques
  • Learn the difference between stabilizing the dam and retracting the dam


Céline Higton, BDS Hons (KCL), studied dentistry at King’s College London, graduating with honors and multiple accolades and awards. Dentistry was her second degree; after completing three years of architecture, it just came as a calling- a gut feeling, and to this day she has not looked back. Having graduated in 2016, Céline is a relatively recent graduate, however, she has used this to her advantage by immediately immersing herself in the world of social media dentistry where she has found mentors and inspiration from around the world. Over the last few years Céline’s name has become increasingly well-known both in the UK and amongst the international dental community as an advocate for many modern approaches to dentistry including biomimetics and of course the use of rubber dam. She is a leading educator in the field of rubber dam and believes it should be seen as the foundation stone of all modern adhesive dentistry protocols and techniques. Céline is an artist and perfectionist at heart. She will not settle for ‘good enough’ and simply wants to spread this message. Through dentistry she has found a way to unleash this passion for excellence, innovation and education.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine designates this activity for 1.5 continuing education credits.