Implant motor systems are indispensable electrical devices used in the process of placing dental implants. They are composed of a central console, a foot control, a micromotor and a counter-angle connected to the micromotor. Most dental implant manufacturers recommend their own motors, but implant motors are independent of the dental implant system we use. Therefore, any Implant motor can be used for any Dental Implant motors, and we can find engines with a really interesting price-quality if we search around a little. There are several manufacturers specialized in the manufacture of Implant motors: Bien Air, Nouvag, NSK, Mariotti, W&H… Any of these brands can provide implant motors that will allow you to carry out all the necessary interventions, nevertheless, we will want to analyze a series of factors in order to help us decide on the most suitable one for our needs.
Factors to take into account when choosing an Implant motor
- Available functions: The basic functions of torque control, speed control and reverse are available in all motors, but depending on the extra functions that we need, we can find implant motors that allows us to program the drilling protocol of each implant system.
- With or without light: The motors with light have a light bulb or led in the micromotor, which transmits the light through an optical fiber to the head of the counter-angle. This allows us to see better during surgeries, but it also makes the engine considerably more expensive, so before its purchase we must assess whether we really need this feature.
- Type of pedal: There are models with very simple pedals, which only control on/off the engine, and other more complex ones with three or four buttons to control different functions.
- Maximum torque: The maximum torque offered by the motor is also an element to be taken into account, which may be decisive in the choice for some implantologists.
- Warranty and service: Another important point to consider is the warranty and service offered. Most manufacturers offer a one to two year warranty, but if the manufacturer does not have technical service in Spain, we will have to send the engine out for repair.
- Therefore, if we perform a significant number of implant surgeries, it would not be superfluous to have a spare engine, as this way we can continue to perform surgeries even if we have to send one of them for repair.
- Price: The price of the Implant Motor will be directly proportional to the functions incorporated, if we can dispense ourselves of functions such as light or complex programming modes, we can find economical implant motors and save a good amount of money on purchase.
- Irrigation lines: The ease of finding engine compatible irrigation lines, and their price, can also be a factor in your choice. At Dentaltix we have irrigation lines compatible with all the Implant Motors that we offer, so this should not be a problem.
The choice of an implant motor is a very personal one, since we must choose the appliance with which we feel most comfortable, though some of the factors we have pointed out may lead us to one or another other choice of model. Personally, if I needed a simple and lightless implant motor, I would get a model similar to the Miniuniko F from Mariotti, with a very interesting quality-price ratio. If, on the other hand, I were interested in an engine with more advanced functions, I would consider Bien Air's Chiropro, or IChiropro (controlled by an IPad).