Keeping rotating instruments in good condition is crucial for their proper functioning. It will allow you to guarantee a good treatment to your patients and avoid additional expenses for your dental clinic..A good maintenance of your turbines, against angles and handpieces will allow you to extend the useful life of the instruments up to several years, avoiding breakdowns and having to renew them too often.
The process described in the video below and summarized later in this article must be performed between each patient after their treatment. Here are some rules to follow and below the description of the steps to follow:
1) Preparation: Remove the burs
First prepare the instrument by removing the cutter. Follow the two steps below:
A]Remove the bur
B] Preliminary disinfection of the rotating instrument with a tissue
2) Cleaning of rotary instruments
The next step is to clean the instrument:
A] Rinse the rotating instrument with water (temperature below 38ºC)
B] Remove the limescale from the spray mouth if necessary using the probe provided in the rotating kit
C]Perform an internal cleaning with Spraynetand then an external cleaning with a tissue
3) Manual and thermal disinfection of rotary instruments
Disinfection is important, so you have two steps to follow:
A] Disinfect manually with a surface disinfectant (follow the manufacturer's instructions)
B] Disinfect thermally using a special device
4)Lubrication Different for handpieces and against angles and for turbines
Lubrication is a separate process for contra-angles and handpieces as well as for contra-angles. Below is the process for each of the cas :
Lubrication of contra-angle handpieces and handpieces
Turbine Lubrication : You then have two equivalent possibilities:
A] Use the Lubrimed by inserting it directly into the turbine rotor and turning it around.
B] Use the Lubrifluid internally for 1 second, making sure that the oil comes out through the head
These two means of lubrication are equal, but Lubrimed allows a more economical lubrication since it is done directly in the rotor of the turbine head.
5) Last step Sterilization of the instruments:
Finally, the maintenance of your instruments must end with sterilization, a crucial step in order to be able to use your instrument again on a future patient.
A] Place the instrument in a sterilization bag
B] Autoclave class B (over 135ºC)
If you are a dentist we hope this article has been a good reminder to keep your rotary instruments in optimal condition.
In addition, we invite you to go deeper into the subject by visiting our post Tips for the maintenance of rotary instruments in your clinic.
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