Smart Dam Powder-Free Dental Dam
Cranberry USA Inc
Cranberry USA?s Smart Dam features exceptional strength and excellent tear-resistance.
The Cranberry Smart Dam is designed to provide exceptionally strong, tear-resistant protection, with minimal latex allergy exposure. Available in both latex and non-latex varieties, Smart Dam is offered in both unscented and peppermint-scented options to meet the needs of any dental practice. With a protein rating of below 50 ?g, the latex Smart Dam helps to prevent adverse latex reactions in both patients and dental professionals. Each of the Smart Dam variations is available in both 5 in x 5 in and 6 in x 6 in sizes.
Twelve dentists participated in this Dental Product Shopper evaluation of Cranberry?s unscented, powder-free latex Smart Dam, rating and commenting on a number of features, such as stretchability, tear resistance, ease of use, retraction, and isolation, as well.
At the end of the evaluation period, the evaluators were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with Smart Dam, whether or not they would recommend the product to colleagues in the dental industry, and more.
Stretchability and Tear Resistance
Smart Dam possesses high tensile strength (24.0 MPa) that gives the product a tear-resistance described by the manufacturer as ?uncompromising,? offering clinicians reliability throughout the procedure.
Smart Dam?s stretchability was rated as excellent by 8 evaluators, as very good by 3, and as good by 1. One of the evaluators cited stretchability as the feature they liked most about the product. They also noted that it was ?pretty easy to stretch over the clamp.? Another evaluator added that Smart Dam ?stretches better than my current material.?
Five evaluators identified tear resistance as the characteristic they liked most about Smart Dam. This feature was rated as excellent by 7 evaluators, as very good by 2, as fair by 1, and as poor by 2.
One dentist, who said he normally uses a heavy dam during procedures, noted that the ?medium dam? he tested tore frequently, making it difficult to use. This evaluator went on to add, ?If given a heavy variety, my answers would, perhaps, be different.?
One evaluator said, ?It tears too easily and doesn?t have the texture of some of the other dams.? However, another evaluator mentioned, ?It?s very hard to tear.?
Ease of Use
Smart Dam is touted by Cranberry as an easy-to-use, simple solution for retraction.
Smart Dam?s ease of use was rated as excellent by 5 evaluators, as very good by 5, as good by 1, and as poor by 1. One dentist noted that it ?grabs the handpiece top as we use it? and another evaluator said, ?The 5-in x 5-in was a little too small for many situations.? This same evaluator went on to rate all features of Cranberry?s Smart Dam as excellent.
Isolation and Retraction
When the evaluators were asked about Smart Dam?s ability to provide isolation, 4 dentists rated this feature as excellent, 5 rated it as very good, and 3 rated it as good.
?I typically use [an isolation system],? said a Georgia-based dentist who rated isolation as excellent. This evaluator then added, ?But [Smart Dam] is a good alternative when more isolation is needed.?
The evaluators were also asked to rate and comment on the retraction capabilities of Smart Dam. Three evaluators called the retraction excellent, 7 called it very good, and 2 called it good. None of the evaluators volunteered to comment on this feature, however
Overall satisfaction with Smart Dam at the end of the review period was rated as excellent by 5 evaluators, as very good by 4, as fair by 2, and as poor by 1.
Nine of the 12 evaluators who participated in this Smart Dam review said they would probably or definitely purchase it and recommend it to colleagues. A Louisiana dentist in practice for 26 years called Smart Dam a ?quality product that is easy to use.?