Handpiece Repair – Preventive Measures
What if you could do a few things to stretch the handpiece repair time line out a bit? Would you?
Handpiece Repair Postponed
Do the following 12 ways to avoid handpiece repair always result in radical improvements? Certainly not. But, collectively you will see results. Review below to see what you and your staff could be doing differently to postpone that next handpiece repair.
• Assign a team member to be responsible for maintenance to ensure Consistent
handpiece maintenance is the key factor in minimizing handpiece repair costs.
• Resist the temptation to over lubricate. If two drops are good, three must be better,
right? Absolutely not. Stick to the instructions for lubrication, and purge, purge, purge
prior to placing handpiece in autoclave
• Adjust air pressures to mfg recommendations.. Do not run pressure to high this will certainly
cause handpiece repair in the future. Get a handpiece gauge to check it properly.
• Keep Air/Water supplies clean, clean, and clean. The words "tortuous" and "constricted" |
always come to mind when thinking of the paths water and air must travel to become of use
in a dental handpiece Filtere are a must for air and water lines.
• Replace Handpiece gaskets often or when visibly hardened or cracked. You will be amazed at
the improvement in performance. Improves handpiece efficiency, and helps prevent leaks
which can cause connectors to corrode. Ask your handpiece repair guy how many times he has
cut connectors off of handpiece threads. This usually happens when low speeds remain
attached to the unit for longer periods of time.
• Clean handpiece and connector threads often to avoid rust and corrosion buildup. Thread
brush are great for this.
• Remove broken burs yourself with a strong magnet. Check out super strong Neodymium
magnets sized perfectly for this application.
• Replace back caps when bent or damaged, ensure button works properly and doesn't contact
turbine when operating, and keep holes in back caps clean and clear to ensure air is able to
flow through them. If you ever install a new turbine which fails to perform as expected, check
the back cap for clogged holes or visible damage.
• Cut off hose ends and re-attach hose connectors periodically to ensure a good connection at
this point. To do this, just cut air line hose just below connector with scissors, remove old
hose from connector, and re-attach. A little water placed at connection point will help lubricate
and allow barbed connections to enter hose more easily.
• Throw away burs after use. When dental burs are seated into chuck, they become an
extension of the turbine itself. A bent bur causes high vibration, and turbine damage. It may
not be readily visible .each time this happens, but the damage has ocurred none the less,
and turbine longevity is affected. New burs are also sharper, and require less work to be
performed by the turbine. High quality High quality Carbide brushes are less than a $1.
• Consider it insurance against handpiece repair.
Keep chucks clean with handpiece cleaner, and chuck brush. We all know dental turbines are
useless without good strong chucks to securely hold burs. Spray cleaner into chuck and clean
with a 1 mm or 2mm brush regularly. Your turbine will reward you with less down time to
Best Way To Avoid Handpiece Repair
♦ Get an automatichandpiece lubrication unit . Borrowed, blue, old, new. Doesn't matter. Just get one. These things work. In our opinion, next to limiting human error, automatic handpiece purge, lubrication, or maintenance units are the best way to consistently avoid handpiece repair.
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