We thank you for rejoining us this week for the conclusion of our series, “Selecting Air-Driven Dental Handpieces”. Last week, we expounded on the fact that, when choosing dental handpieces for your practice, it is essential to pay special attention to the features, the maintenance requirements, and the reliability of the dental instruments. First, we covered the importance of the angulation and the size of the head of the dental handpiece. Then, we went into detail about the amount of sound that is emitted from the instrument. This week, we will begin our final installment with information in regard to the ergonomic design and will conclude with the fiber optics.
All of those minutes that you spend engaging in treatments that require you to hold your dental handpieces will, eventually, result in a significant amount of time over the course of your dental career. According to research and numerous studies, long-term health issues may develop as a result of prolonged handling of dental handpieces. Examples of issues that may commonly arise include carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve damage. It is important to opt for handpieces that have a wider and a more flared shape towards the backside of the instrument. This aids in reducing the pinching-based force that you will need to use for gripping. Additionally, you should opt for a handpiece that has a swivel that fully rotates as these instruments will drastically reduce the amount of fatigue experienced in the hand and wrist.
Fiber optics is an essential element to ensuring proper dental handpiece selection. This is what enhances your visibility when treating patients. In the past, a large collection of fiber optic lights were installed in the dental instruments; however, recent innovations have introduced cellular optics. This is a light that is just one, single rod composed of glass. While this is highly beneficial in optimizing the viewing field while performing treatments, it is often best to opt for the latest, most technologically advanced fiber optics, which uses the LED bulb. Not only is the light emitted from this particular bulb brighter, it is also whiter and generates less heat than traditional bulbs. If you purpose an instrument that uses fiber optics, there is no need to worry. Most of these devices are retrofittable with the new LED bulbs.
There are several unique factors and considerations that should be made as it pertains to choosing air-driven dental handpieces. In this series, you have learned about head angulation, head size, emitted sounds, ergonomic design, and fiber optics. By carefully considering all of these aspects of the handpieces that you elect to integrate into your practice, you sure to find the models that are best suited for your needs. As with any dental instrument, your dental handpieces will require regular maintenance and upkeep. In many instances, these instruments may need to be repaired and/or upgrades. Here at Hughes Dental, we have the unique ability to handle all of your dental handpiece needs. For more information, click HERE.