Preventative Maintenance for Dental Handpieces

Preventive maintenance for dental handpieces is extremely important. These small instruments are one of the most critical pieces of equipment in your clinic. They are a significant investment and for that reason, you should do everything you can to extend its life cycle and avoid downtime that costs you extra. With regular maintenance you can avoid this situation and continue to deliver a positive patient experience.

How to Develop and Implement Your Prevention Maintenance Handpiece Plan

A well laid out maintenance plan for your handpieces will make it easier for your staff to follow and will give you a much more predictable outcome. Always speak to an accredited technician with experience who can help you ensure no steps are missed. Once a plan is made document it, and implement training for your team.

Handpieces have tiny parts that spin at very high speeds to allow you to cut efficiently. These tiny parts are fitted with precision and any upset to the that balance will affect performance. The only responsibility a dentist or dental assist should take on themselves for handpieces is the cleaning and lubrication. Beyond that, any maintenance work should be done by an accredited service technician. Be sure to monitor the handpiece pressure, and checking for cuts or abrasion in the many tubing’s can prevent premature failure of handpieces. Also note, the sound of the handpiece when the bearings fail this is often one of the earliest signs. If your clinic has electric highspeed attachment’s it is also important to monitor the heat of the head when the handpiece is running. As the bearings fail on an electric attachment it results in excess heat which undetected may result in burnt tissue while working on patients If your electric attachment begins to heat up send it to your handpiece repair technician for a checkup.

Checklist for Basic Handpiece Maintenance

One of the best steps you can take when you purchase a handpiece is to read and fully understand the manufacturer’s instruction manual and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the proper settings on the handpiece. Always be sure the pressure is set properly before use and make sure you are meeting or exceeding the disinfection and sterilization requirements.

Be sure to have all of the supplies you might need to maintain your handpiece including lubes, cleaners and spare bulbs. It is recommended to use a maintenance machine for lubrication. This will remove any inconsistence int the lubrication process and ensure longer handpiece lift. Again Be aware of how your handpiece is ‘acting’ while you are using it. If you notice any weird noises or unusual appearance in your handpiece, be sure to contact your service technician right away.

Neosource has a team of highly educated and experienced service technicians. If you have any questions or concerns about your handpiece, you can contact us by emailing or calling 800-847-3160.