The inside of every dental handpiece is very telling when being repaired. If your dental handpiece is not properly maintained on a daily and weekly basis as recommend by the manufacture, then it will definitely show. A poorly maintained dental handpiece can result in stress on the operator, loss in productivity for the dental practice and a less than favorable experience for the patient.
Based on my experience, most dental handpiece repairs could have been prevented through proper maintenance. Dental handpieces are an expensive investment, but spending a few minutes a day on proper maintenance and a dedication to the task will have favorable results. Here are four simple ways to properly maintain and increase the lifespan of your dental handpieces:
- Correct cleaner or lubricant: Always use the manufacturer’s recommend lubricant and cleaner with the correct application nozzles. You should also consult the manufacturer’s user manual for specific cleaning details.
- Never clean your handpieces with chemical disinfectant: When heated, the chemicals could have a reaction to the shell of the handpiece causing buildup and corrosion, which will shorten the lifespan of the handpiece.
- Let your handpiece cool off after the autoclave process: Never run handpiece under cool water to cool them off quickly. This action will damage the turbines.
- Follow the manufactures recommendation on air pressure: Too much air pressure will cause damage to the turbines. Normally, air pressure should be kept between 33 to 35 RPM’s to maintain adequate turbine performance.
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