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DAM. A construction of wood, stone, or other materials, made across a stream of water for the purpose of confining it; a mole.
     2. The owner of a stream not navigable, may erect a dam across it, and employ the water in any reasonable manner, either for his use or pleasure, so as not to destroy or render useless, materially diminish, or affect the application of the water by the proprietors below on the stream. He must not shut the gates of his dams and detain the water unreasonably, nor let it off in unusual quantities to the annoyance of his neighbors. 4 Dall. 211; 3 Caines, 207; 13 Mass. 420; 3 Pick, 268; 2 N. H. Rep. 532; 17 John. 306; 3 John. Ch. Rep. 282; 3 Rawle, 256; 2 Conn. Rep. 584; 5 Pick. 199; 20 John. 90; 1 Pick. 180; 4 Id. 460; 2 Binn. 475; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 71; Id. 9; 13 John. 212; 1 McCord, 580; 3 N. H. Rep. 321; 1 Halst. R. 1; 3 Kents Com. 354.
     3. When one side of the stream is owned by one person and the other by another, neither, without the consent of the other, can build a dam which extends beyond the filum aqua, thread of the river, without committing a trespass. Cro. Eliz. 269; 12 Mass. 211; Ang. on W. C. 14, 104, 141; vide Lois des Bat. P. 1, c. 3, s. 1, a. 3; Poth. Traite du Contrat de Societe, second app. 236; Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 7 Cowen, R. 266; 2 Watts, R. 327; 3 Rawle, R. 90; 17 Mass. R. 289; 5 Pick. R. 175; 4 Mass. R. 401. Vide Inundation.

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The inflatable rubber dam will be used so that when required the downstream rubber barrage can be deflated and removed.
The rubber dam clamp was used to stabilise the fragment, thus providing the perfect apposition.
Fourteen latex examination gloves (powdered and non-powdered) and 5 dental rubber dams, representing 6 brands, were obtained from 5 South African public sector academic dental institutions.
The following rules should be followed (Murdoch-Kinch & McLean, 2003): avoiding bonding in the central areas; the width must not exceed 1/3 of the distance between cusps; there should not be any signs of occlusal damage caused by teeth grinding; it should be possible that the teeth be isolated with a rubber dam.
gt;Details: This usually involves the application of a high-concentration peroxide gel to the teeth by a dentist or technician, after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam.
Techniques used decrease the exposure of the patient and staff to mercury by using oxygen, high speed suction and a rubber dam, which reduces the amount of environmental mercury by ninety percent.
All damaged dental amalgams should be removed by a dentist who provides you with a face mask and rubber dam to prevent you from additional exposure to mercury particles and vapors.
Laser whitening or power whitening: A rubber dam is placed over the teeth to protect the gums.
Leggate (1984), "An Allergic Reaction to Rubber Dam," British Dental Journal, 156:402-403.
The assistant then isolates my sentenced tooth from its sympathetic companions with a rubber dam, and the dentist begins grinding it down beyond all redemption.
Isolite and Isodry systems are a proven, easier-to-use alternative to traditional forms of dental isolation, such as the rubber dam and manual suction and retraction.