How Dentists Can Maintain Their Handpiece between Repairs
A dentist’s day is often busy, filled with cleanings, x-rays, surgeries, and consultations. Taking the time to properly maintain your equipment helps you get the most out of your tools and avoid frequent repairs. Incorporating these simple tips into your daily routine only takes 10 minutes a day and will keep your handpiece repairs minimal. This lets you get the most out of your tools between repair visits.Read and Follow the Instructions
Read and Follow the Instructions
For a dentist, handpiece repairs can quickly become complicated. Every make and model will have its differences. It’s important that you spend time learning about each tool before you put it to use. This will ensure you are preforming the essential maintenance steps allowing you to avoid unnecessary problems.Drain the Water in the Air Compressor
Drain the Water in the Air Compressor
Water in the air compressor should be drained every day. Otherwise, the water will accumulate in the compressor leading to mildew. Mildew buildup in the compressor will affect the clean dry air your handpiece needs to function properly. Dentists can avoid a costly handpiece and compressor repair by performing this simple step each day.
Inspect and Clean the Lines
The lines from your handpiece to the compressor are essential to it functioning properly. The lines should be flushed with water for 30 seconds before being removed from the air line to clear away contaminants. The lines to the compressor can also be checked for dirt by emptying them onto white paper. By caring for the lines you will be protecting your handpiece from unnecessarily frequent repairs.Sterilize Your Handpiece Properly
Sterilize Your Handpiece Properly
Wiping down tools after each use and before sterilizing is a given, but sometimes dentists forget to remove their burs during this process. The bur is an easy place for mildew and water to collect. Make sure to follow all the sterilization instructions for your tool and let the sterilizer complete all of its cycles uninterrupted.
Lubricate Your Handpiece
Lubricating your handpiece is an important part of maintenance but it can also do a lot of damage if it’s not done correctly. Since this can vary from model to model, it’s important that you consult the instructions for each handpiece before you begin. If lubrication is placed in the wrong areas you could clog exhaust vents or lubricate a model that doesn’t need it. Once you’re finished lubricating the handpiece it must run so the excess is removed. If you don’t run the tool after lubricating it can gum up moving parts, leading to costly handpiece repairs.
By regularly cleaning, sterilizing, and lubricating your handpiece you will get the most out of it between repairs. It will also give you the opportunity to become more familiar with your tools, so you’re more likely to notice when repairs are needed before they become a big issue. Taking the time to properly care for your handpiece will protect your wallet, practice, and patients, so everyone can keep smiling.