Dental Equipment Maintenance is an often-overlooked, yet crucial aspect of every successful Dental Practice. The cost of losing a patient because your Dental Equipment broke down when you needed it is always more expensive than the cost of repairing it. Fortunately maintaining dental equipment is very simple and only takes a few minutes. So, for all the Dental Professionals who want to make their equipment more reliable and retain effectiveness, we are going to post blog series on the maintenance of dental equipment. Let’s proceed towards the 1st Blog from the maintenance series i.e. Maintenance of dental handpieces.

Is Maintenance of Handpieces really needed?

Dental handpieces are one of the most commonly used Dental Equipment and at the same time the most sophisticated equipment that necessitates meticulous attention to maintenance procedures. There are various brands of Dental handpieces available in the market with different lifetime, different performance, and different cartridge type, also a few advanced featured Handpieces that may be expensive. With daily use of the Handpieces, many handpieces may require renewal or repair. 

The longevity of the handpiece depends upon the maintenance and the type of use. For assurance of high clinical performance, proper preventive maintenance is required. Depending upon the type of handpiece each Dental Practice follows its own protocol for infection control and helps you preserve the proper functioning of the dental handpiece.

A few simple preventive maintenance measures can prevent an operation from being halted due to the failed handpiece, ensuring that the operatory runs smoothly and effectively.

The Basic Preventive Maintenance Steps  Are As Follows:

Step 1: Cleaning of the Handpiece

After any Dental Procedure, instead of immediately removing the dental handpiece from the coupling of the dental chair, it should be taken near the spittoon and water should be flushed through the handpiece for at least 30 seconds to remove all the contaminated materials from inside the handpiece. After that, the device should be surface cleaned to extract the Biological Material from the Handpiece External Surface

  • Only the use of Soft Bristles Brush is recommended to remove the debris or blood stains from the handpiece surface. 
  • Use of hot water rinse is strictly prohibited as it may cause damage to the Handpiece Bearings
  • Use of any Disinfectant Liquid to immerse the handpiece is not recommended as it may cause damage. 
  • The external surface of the handpiece can be wiped with cotton or cloth dipped in an alcohol solution or any disinfectant. 

Step 2: Drying of the handpiece

The dental handpiece after proper surface cleaning should be dried thoroughly for the next step.

Step 3: Lubrication of the dental handpiece

It is essential that you use a lubricant to keep your dental handpiece in good working order. Using a good quality oil will result in successful cleaning as they have many technical benefits and help prolong the instrument’s useful life. The oil should be sprayed directly into the large air hole in the Borden Whole System till the oil gets eliminated from the head of the handpiece. If the emitted oil comes out with black debris, then again, the oil spray procedure should be followed till clean oil comes out. The oiling ensures the bearing is properly lubricated. 

Step 4: Run the handpiece to remove excess lubricant