In recent months, one of the most prevalent issues observed during the maintenance of dental handpieces received from dental practitioners is improper lubrication. While a simple step to perform, many are neglecting this critical component of their dental instrument maintenance plans.
As a result, unnecessary repairs are being performed to instruments that would – otherwise – only require simple adjustments and upkeep. Additionally, many dental handpieces are having to be completely replaced due to the undue stress being placed on internal components. To make your handpieces last and to save money, lubrication is essential.
Why is Dental Handpiece Lubrication Important?
If dental handpieces are not properly lubricated, it results in increased friction and undue wear and tear. These situations occur if there is too little lubrication or if there is too much lubrication. In the case of too little, the dental instrument will become exceptionally dry. Once this occurs, the components of that device will then seize up, rendering the handpiece completely inoperable. In some cases, components may be replaced and resolution is achieved. In other cases, a complete replacement may be necessary.
Do All Types of Dental Handpieces Need to be Lubricated?
Nearly every single manufacturer of dental handpieces recommends that when dental handpieces are cleaned that they should also be lubricated. In most instances, prior to the autoclave process. Ensure that at this time that flushing or purging of the dental handpiece is performed prior to removing it from the tubing associated with the air supply.
When Should the Dental Handpieces in My Practice be Lubricated?
The spindle or the chuck of the dental handpieces in your practice should be lubricated – at least – once a day. You must utilize high-quality oil and a pointed lubrication adapter. Once inserted into the dental instrument, you should spray the lubrication oil for approximately 2 seconds. You will see the lubrication oil come directly through the head. Once this happens, stop spraying and proceed with your maintenance.
What Should I Do After Lubrication?
Once you have lubricated your dental handpiece, attach the instrument directly to the dental unit in your practice. You should permit it to run in full operation for approximately 10 seconds. Not only does this provide ample time for the internal components to get the right amount of lubrication, it will help in expelling any unnecessary lubricant service oil from the device.
Where Does the Lubricant Oil Go on a Dental Handpiece?
Look at the dental instrument. You will see a couple of holes. You want to find the smallest ones. In most cases, the oil will go in these two holes. These are the air inlet holes. You should then run the handpiece for up to 10 seconds to ensure that the oil is properly distributed to the necessary internal components. If you are unsure as to how to properly lubricate the dental handpiece, you may refer to the paperwork that was included with the device on purchase from the manufacturer.
How Are Slow Speed Dental Handpieces Lubricated?
Slow-speed dental handpieces should have a few little drops of service oil placed directly into the driver-based air hole. Once this is done, it should be permitted to run at a slow speed until the oil starts to come out of the head of the device. If you find that there is additional oil in the instrument, simply continue to run it until the excess is properly expelled. The goal is to ensure that the bearings and the chuck receive the proper amount of lubrication on a daily basis, but that service oil does not build up within the device.
Do I Clean or Lubricate Dental Handpieces First?
The maintenance plan of the dental handpieces of your practice should always start with a thorough cleaning. Immediately thereafter, lubrication should be performed. Once the process is finished, the dental instrument should be sterilized according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Remember to choose a lubricant that has high viscosity, is capable of remaining stable at high temperatures, and properly oil all internal components.
Contact Us Today
If you have any questions about lubricating your dental handpieces, contact our service team here at Hughes Dental today. We can walk you through the necessary steps and advise on service oils. If you require maintenance or repairs, we can assist you with that, too! Furthermore, we have a wide array of products ranging from parts, dental handpieces, and sanitation devices that will benefit your practice. Call us now at: 1-800-773-0800