The Rise of High-Quality Dental Handpieces and Repair Parts has Revolutionized Sterilization Effectiveness
There is a lot of work that goes into keeping your handpiece in working order and at an acceptable standard of hygiene and functionality. From dental handpiece repair parts to regular sterilization and maintenance practices, you do everything you can to make sure that it works smoothly. And by keeping on top of maintenance, you can avoid costly downtime by minimizing the need for electric handpiece repair, too.
Surprisingly, the focus on maintenance for the sake of infection control hasn’t always been as strong as it is today. Part of this is because in previous decades, the threat of infection wasn’t seen as being very likely; and part of it is because most drills could not stand up to heat sterilization. To sterilize, a device would be out of service for an extended period, meaning that a dentist’s office would often have to purchase more handpieces than they would today. This became expensive when added to the additional time spent on maintenance of additional devices, so in the late 1970s, it was decided that cleaning drills with detergent and alcohol would be an acceptable alternative.
Today, however, infection is better understood, and as a result dental handpieces and repair parts are manufactured to a much higher standard of quality that can withstand extreme temperatures, and are classified as Class 1 medical devices. A Class 1 medical device is required to be effectively and thoroughly sterilized and disinfected after each and every use, and with the quality of modern electric handpiece, repair downtime rarely factors in. They can be cleaned properly on schedule every time, and as an added bonus it doesn’t incur anywhere near the same cost it once did.
In addition to regular sterilization, air-powered high-speed drills must often also be flushed. This is because when the air pressure that makes the turbine ceases, a vacuum is created in the internal mechanics of the drill, and this can draw blood, saliva, and other organic matter into the turbine. Some units will have antiretraction valves installed to minimize this risk; however, flushing before sterilization is still recommended. Because of their air-free design, this is less urgent of an issue in electric handpiece repair and maintenance, though each unit should still be cleaned as thoroughly as possible.
By only using high quality dental handpiece repair parts and carefully following manufacturer-specified protocols for maintenance, sterilization, and infection control, you can ensure that your dental practice continues to offer exceptional and safe service while reducing the need for electric handpiece repair.