High quality handpiece repair parts will keep your tools in good shape!
A tool that is making the same motion over long periods of time and at high speeds will wear out one day. For dentists, that important tool is an automated handpiece. As well as being a large investment to a dental practice, handpieces also need regular cleaning, maintenance and possibly high speed handpiece repair. Unfortunately, depending on the number of handpieces a dental practice uses, this may happen frequently, even if you use top of line products.
Who should repair your handpiece?
The first step is to decide if the handpiece needs replacing, repairing or rebuilding. As a dentist, you probably took a great deal of thought into choosing your handpieces, so it makes sense to think carefully about what dental handpiece repair parts you will add or repair with. You wouldn’t do a “duct tape” repair with a quick fix low-quality part on a high quality handpiece, would you?
For a quick turnaround, you can send the handpiece to a high speed handpiece repair service who will usually pick up the handpiece from the office and then return it once the handpiece is repaired. Make sure you find a qualified and reliable repair service you can trust will use high quality dental handpiece repair parts and communicate the services provided, as well as any issues.
What needs repairing or replacing?
The most common part of a dental handpiece that needs replacing is the turbine. It is the main part that moves at high speeds of up to 400,000 rpm. Although you can generally extend the life of the turbine by cleaning it regularly, built up debris will eventually cause the turbine to stop working properly. Since this is the most common piece that needs fixing with high speed handpiece repair, repair shops can easily take the turbine out and replace it with a new one or replace the parts around the turbine, such as the o-rings and couplers.
In the case that your dental office feels comfortable doing repairs themselves, they can easily obtain new turbines from the manufacturer and replace it themselves. Advise your staff to follow proper replacement procedures so as not to void the warranties on the handpieces. Alternatively, a dental handpiece repair technician can evaluate what needs repairing or replacing and do the work for you instead, which is also a time saver. Do you really want to be sitting in a room fiddling with dental handpiece repair parts instead of seeing patients?
Where to find repair parts?
One option is to find dental handpiece repair parts from the manufacturer of the original handpiece. Depending on the warranty, the manufacturer may send replacement parts or even a new replacement handpiece, however this may process take a little longer than repairing it yourself or by a repair service. With the DIY route, be careful about buying after market or discounted repair parts and handpieces online. Although the price may seem tempting, you may be sacrificing quality, reliability and warranty.