Maintaining and Sterilizing Your Low Speed Dental Handpieces

SurgicalThe low speed dental handpieces that you use in your practice must be maintained and sterilized on a regular basis in order to keep the devices operating at full capacity and safe for your patients. Most dentists elect to perform these tasks within their facility; however, if you would like a little assistance we here at Hughes Diversified Dental Repair and Sales are highly qualified to ensure that all of your dental handpieces are operating at full capacity. For those of you that would like to perform the sterilization and maintenance on your handpieces, follow the steps outlined below:

  1. The first step to maintaining and sterilizing your low-speed dental handpieces is to surface clean the product. To do this, take a damp cloth that may be disposed of and wipe the unit down. It is important to ensure that you remove all bioburden that is present on the handpiece. If the damp cloth does not successfully remove it all, you may use a brush and a small amount of a mild detergent. You should never place your handpiece completely in water, cleaner, or any type of disinfectant solution.
  2. Lubrication is an essential task when it comes to your low-speed dental handpieces. It is best to lubricate the motor of your device after every 5 autoclaves. Simply obtain a pen-shaped oiler and place up to 3 drops of the oil into the air tube of the drive mechanism.
  3. When debris accumulates on your low-speed handpiece, you should ensure that you clean the threads of the device. In most instances, this should be done approximately once each month. In order to thoroughly clean the threads, you should use isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel.
  4. It is common for expelled fluids and other types of debris to end up on the exterior surface of your handpiece. In order to remove these substances, use a dry towel to clean the exterior surface of the tool.
  5. Each of the low-speed dental handpieces that you use in your practice includes manufacturer’s instructions on bagging and sterilization. You should refer to these instructions at this point in the maintenance of your product. During the sterilization process, it is imperative to ensure that you allow your dental handpiece to dry, completely, before use. You should avoid in the act of lubricating the device once it has been sterilized and dried.

As you can see, the maintenance and sterilization of your handpiece is relatively easy; however, if you are not comfortable with all of the components of the device, you may find the steps highlighted in this guide to be a bit more than daunting. If this is the case, we are here to help you! Not only do we maintain and sterilize handpieces, but, we also specialize in low-speed dental handpiece repairs and parts replacements. Regardless of your needs, we are able to assist you! For more information, simply give us a call today at: 800-773-0800