Keep Your Electric Handpiece in Good Condition by Avoiding These Habits
Whether you are an orthodontist, endodontist or general dentist, you know how valuable your electric handpieces are. You take great care of these dental drills because they help get your job done. You have your patient’s care at heart and you want to perform excellent quality work. But what happens when your most valuable tool stops working the way you need it to and you need a dental drill repair? Here are three things to abstain from if you want to avoid major electric handpiece repair:
Do Not Forget to Lubricate
Although dentists are sometimes taught not to overspray handpieces to avoid excess residue, you still need enough lubricant to keep the hand drill running smoothly. When you see oil in the head you’ll know that the oil has reached the bearings. The motors in your electric handpieces on the other hand don’t need more than one or two drops of oil in the air drive. An electric handpiece repair can be costly. Using good oil practices can keep you from needing a dental drill repair.
Do Not Sterilize Your Electric Handpiece Before Autoclaving
An autoclave is a pressure chamber with its own sterile chemicals. Manually sterilizing your electric handpiece before placing it in the autoclave will eventually lead you to need an electric handpiece repair. Chemical reactions or overheating in the autoclave may occur to manually sterilized tools. Alcohol for instance should never be used to clean your handpiece as it can dehydrate spores and leads to counteracting the sterilization from the pressure chamber. To maintain your tools in good condition, ensure that the tools are rinsed and no visual residue is on your tools before placing them in the pressure chamber. But leave the autoclave to do the sterilizing.
Do Not Leave Levers Open During Autoclaving
Dental drill repair specialists can tell you that leaving the levers open during autoclaving can dramatically accelerate failure and lead to electric handpiece repair. Normally, about 8 lbs. of force goes through the front “O” ring of the turbine. When leaving the chuck open during the autoclave cycle, the “O” ring is compressed and is exposed to excess heat for 30 minutes. This is a sure way of needing a dental drill repair.
It is important to take good care of your electric handpieces to stay away from foreseeable expensive dental drill repairs. No matter how good you take care of this tool however, it is inevitable that both the tip and the turbine motor will have to be replaced periodically. Although your dental drills need regular maintenance, you can avoid expensive electric handpiece repair by reading the instruction manual for your handpiece and maintaining good habits with your most valuable tool.