How do you know which parts of the handpiece can be maintained to avoid excessive replacement or dental drill repair?
A dental handpiece is in the heart of a practice and shouldn’t need to be replaced for several years. Dental handpiece repair can be avoided if the correct steps are taken to ensure the equipment is long-lasting. However, there are two keys parts that need ongoing maintenance, and recognizing what part needs to be replaced or repaired at what times can prevent larger problems or more expensive dental drill repairs down the road.
The tip is likely going to be the most frequently-replaced part of the handpiece, and it is also easily changed by any staff in the dental office. While the tips can and should be lubricated to extend their longevity as well as to reduce the risk of damaging the socket, a simple way to tell if they require replacement is first to check if the tip is sticking in the handpiece. At this point the tip should be held up to the piece of cardboard that comes packaged with all dental drill tips: if the tip is lower than the red line, it needs to be replaced. Worn tips reduce the vibration and therefore performance, and may in fact damage the rest of the drill. If there is doubt about tip replacement, it is always advisable to consult the manual: dental handpiece repair may be inevitable if instructions are not followed closely.
The turbine is the most sterilized part and also the only moving part of the handpiece, so even when proper dental drill repair and maintenance is in effect, it will still need to be frequently replaced. If the vibration of the handpiece is weak or needs to be constantly turned up during use, it’s likely the turbine needs maintenance. However, if the lubricant cannot make it all the way through then it requires replacement. Other factors that could signify the need for repairs would be low PSI, damaged burs which become stuck or a gap in the tubing. The manufacturer of the drill will determine how much dental handpiece repair is necessary and it will vary from model to model – high speed versus low speed, for example.
While the compressor also requires regular maintenance such as annual oil changes and weekly moisture trap cleaning, the drill tips and turbines are the parts that should be most closely monitored for the best dental handpiece repair practices. With proper care, handpieces should last several years and avoid costly dental drill repairs, keeping the practice running smoothly.