There is no doubt that a dentist has to make many decisions every day. If you are just starting your clinic or if it is time to upgrade/change your handpieces there are many factors that need to be considered. Choosing a handpiece is one of the most important decisions a dentist will make. Your handpiece(s) is a tool that is used the most on a daily basis. Handpieces are a significant investment. So, what is the difference between handpieces?
Traditionally, there are two main types of handpieces. One is powered by an air system and one is powered by an electrical system. Basically, the air system handpiece shoots compressed air through the handpiece which turns the turbine which then spins the bur. An electric handpiece has a motor which spins gears which then spins the bur.
There are pros to both types of handpieces. The electric handpiece is quieter so your patients won’t hear as much noise, there is also a higher torque with an electric motor and has the added benefit of being able to ‘turn it down’ for slow speed work, because of this you are able to use many more attachments to complete a variety of tasks with an electric handpiece. An air-driven handpiece is typically light-weight and has a smaller head size making it easier to handle than an electric handpiece.
Along with the mechanics of the handpieces you need to make some personal choices and find out what is most comfortable for you and your staff. It is best to handle the handpieces before you make your final decision. Check the weight, balance and head size. Since you will be using your handpiece a lot, for important tasks you will want to make sure it feels comfortable in your hand.
Technology and tools in the dental industry are constantly evolving so the bottom line is you just have to find what works best for you and the staff members of your clinic. Like so many other things, there is not one type of handpiece that is the best solution for everyone.
If you have any questions or want to find out more about handpiece systems, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-847-3160.