Electrical Dental Handpieces
Electrical dental handpieces are a prized possession among most practitioners. These dental instruments utilize a very simple electrical supply unit to provide power the motor through an easy-to-understand control unit. These devices currently function at speeds of 20 rpm to 200,000 rpm.
The rpm speed is determined by the type of motor attachment that is used by the instrument. These attachments are uniquely categorized by the gear reduction; that is, whether they increase the speed of the motor or decrease the speed of the motor.
The lowest gear reduction speed is 16:1 and the highest speeds – to date – are 1:5. Dental preparations typically average approximately 1:1. Dental caries removal activities average 10:1 – depending on the severity of the issue. Endodontic procedures, oral polishing activities, and those procedures that are similar in nature require an average gear reduction speed of approximately 10:1, or lower.
One of the main differences between air-driven dental handpieces and those that are electrical-driven is the fact that the electrical units are capable of operating at a constant level of torque. This aids in avoiding the possibility that the instrument may experience a reduction in speed or may actually stall when an increased amount of pressure is applied or during certain types of procedures that take a lot of pressure – such as removing older restorations within the mouth.
This increased level of constant power results in a higher level of efficiency and a reduced amount of time in which the patient must undergo certain procedures. For example, a patient that is undergoing the removal of extremely hard tissue will spend less time in your practice for this task to be completed if you elect to use electrical-driven dental handpieces.
Flexibility and Comfort
Electrical dental handpieces are becoming increasingly popular among practitioners that are seeking flexibility in handpiece functionality and to reduce noise levels during procedures. The current models that are available on the market weigh less, are smaller in overall size, and are designed in an ergonomic manner.
Not only do these types of dental handpieces aid in optimizing patient comfort levels, but, they also aid in decreasing the fatigue levels of the operator and provide an improved level of visualization when it comes to the operative field.
The bur within the electrical-driven dental handpieces is never within a constant degree of load because of the constant torque level; as a result, the bearings located within the turbine within the instrument are conserved.
There aee numerous advantages to integrating electrical-driven handpieces in your practice. Not only are these easier on your joints and help to improve your field of vision, their constant torque level results in longer use.
Regardless of the fact that electrical handpieces provide you with many benefits, it is important to ensure that regular maintenance is performed on your instruments. This is critical as it helps to avoid overheating that may be overlooked. If your handpieces are maintained so that they do not become too hot, you can avoid the issue of patient burns.
Hughes Dental is standing by to assist you with all of your maintenance and repair needs for your electrical-driven dental handpieces.