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The Most Common Mistakes Made with Dental Handpieces

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In some instances, these mistakes may prove to be exceptionally costly. In this brief guide, we will outline these mistakes. By ensuring that you do not engage in these activities, you are ensuring that you are running a cost-effective facility.

Hughes Dental specializes in dental handpiece repair and maintenance. Instead of doing it yourself and running the chance of incurring expenses, simply leave it to us! Immediately following the list, you will find our contact information.

Should you find yourself in need of basic maintenance or have a repair-related issue, we will be more than happy to assist you! The following outlines the most common dental handpiece mistakes made by dental practitioners:

  1. Many dental practitioners will utilize a chemical-based wipe on their dental handpieces prior to engaging in the sterilization process. This is a redundant procedure that could lead to the development of potentially harmful reactions once the dental instrument is placed in a heated unit for sterilization. Do not wipe down your instruments with chemical wipes, if the surface needs cleaned, wipe with 91% isopropyl alcohol on a gauze then simply sterilize them.
  2. Many dental practitioners make the costly mistake of placing their dental handpieces in cleansing solution fluids or ultrasonic cleaners. This should be avoided.
  3. It is common for lubrication for the dental handpiece to be placed in the wrong hole of the device. When observing the dental instrument, you should know that the drive-based air line is the line that goes directly to the device’s turbine unit. The water line and the exhaust line of the dental handpiece does not lead to the turbine. If you have any questions about how to properly lubricate your dental handpieces, you may contact us today for that information.
  4. It is common for individuals to be instructed to avoid spraying too much of a lubricant into the dental handpiece. It is believed that this will lead to an excessive amount of residue accumulation within the device; however, it is necessary for the lubricant to reach the bearings. The most productive means of doing this is to make sure that enough lubricant is sprayed into the handpiece to reach the turbine, then run the handpiece for a few seconds to expel the excess lube.  By operating the dental handpiece after lubrication, you are preventing the accumulation of excess oil build up that could detrimentally impact the functionality and performance of your handpieces. If you do not know which whole to spray the lube please follow this guide.
  5. Many practitioners will autoclave their dental handpieces and then immediately use them again while hot. In all instances, the instrument should be allowed to cool completely before use.  Using a hot handpiece or force cooling them under water will damage the turbine.  If you find yourself using hot handpieces, it is more practical and less expensive in the long run to add a sufficient number of handpieces to always use a cool handpiece.

There are a large number of mistakes that are commonly made when it comes to caring for dental handpieces. The mistakes outlined in this brief guide are among the most common.

If you would like to ensure that you avoid these costly mistakes, you may contact Hughes Dental today by calling:


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