Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome in Dentistry

The excessive vibration of improperly maintained dental handpieces could result in the development of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome among dental practitioners. Dental handpieces that are not properly maintained over the duration of their lifetime are quite likely to develop a higher-than-normal rate of vibration. In some instances, the excess vibration is very subtle. In other instances, […]

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The Causes of Turbine Failure in Dental Handpieces

turbine handpiece

The turbine is considered to be the most important component of dental handpieces. This is due to the fact that it actually does all of the work within the dental instrument. On average, the turbine includes approximately ten different components. These include the spindle, chuck, impeller, front bearing, back bearing, O-rings, washers, and the slinger. […]

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Clogs in Your Water Line May Detrimentally Impact the Performance of Your Dental Handpieces

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Regardless of the type of dental handpieces that you use and the frequency of use, if your water line becomes clogged, it will negatively impact the overall performance of your dental handpieces. Each and every single day – somewhere throughout the nation – a dental practice struggles with low water flow or no water flow. […]

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The 7-Step Maintenance Guide for Dental Handpieces

Dental handpieces are critical to a successful practice; therefore, it is imperative that practitioners are aware of the 7-step maintenance process that will keep their instruments running optimally. Dental handpieces are highly sophisticated instruments that require a high amount of diligence when it comes to maintenance protocols. Standard maintenance will keep the dental instruments running […]

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Failure to Autoclave Dental Handpieces Could Result in Cross Contamination

According to research, practitioners that fail to utilize the autoclaving process on their dental handpieces are placing their patients at risk for cross contamination. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) established a specific set of guidelines regarding disinfecting and sterilization of dental handpieces in facilities. In these guidelines, the agency outlined that these dental instruments […]

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Keep Your Dental Evacuation System Clean

As a practitioner, you understand that stable suction is the critical component of achieving success in all patient procedures. Learn how to keep your dental evacuation system clean and functioning optimally.   If your dental evacuation system starts experience issues and slogging down during a busy day at your practice, you will quickly discover that […]

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Dental Suction Line Maintenance Should be a Main Priority this Year

Now that a new year is upon us, all dental practitioners should have a solid dental suction line maintenance program in place. Healthy levels of suction is an essential component for all of the procedures that patients undergo. While regular cleaning of the evacuation system should be a part of a daily maintenance regimen, it […]

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Dental Handpieces: A Comprehensive Guide on Torque and Speed

In the last few years, dental handpiece manufacturers have been improving their products. Geared towards lighter and sleeker instruments, the effort is to increase their ability to withstand the autoclaving process and the use of surface-based disinfectants. Older models often included rough surfaces; however, research has shown that these types of surfaces are known to trap […]

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The Most Common Maintenance Mistakes Made With W&H Handpieces

W&H dental handpieces

The W&H Group is an Austria-based manufacturer of dental devices and dental-based transmission tools and instruments such as W&H handpieces, surgical devices, implant stability measurement units, prosthodontic screwdrivers, sterilizers, water treatment devices, and more. The company’s products are exported to well over 100 countries, worldwide. The tools and instruments offered by W&H exhibit the highest […]

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Are you Taking your Evacuation System for Granted?


Years ago, the only way dentists had to keep their work area in a patient’s mouth free of debris was to periodically give the patient a cup of water to rinse and then spit into a spit bowl. This added to the time it took for otherwise simple procedures. It also didn’t work adequately. The […]

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