Handpieces are one of the most used elements in dentistry. Because of this, we, Dentaltix, we want to help you choose the right handpiece for your practice.
Before going into more detail, one must know that the handpiece is a low-speed rotary instrument that can go from 20.000 to 40.000 revolutions per minute. This instrument is generally used in the mouth for retouching dentures and often goes with a micro-motor .
What should be considered when choosing a handpiece?
When it comes to acquiring a handpiece, there are 4 important features to consider:
- The type of propulsion: air or electric
- Lighting: with or without light
- The size of the head
- Cleaning and maintenance
Types of propulsion of handpieces
Air propulsion :The micro-air motor actuates the handpiece, transmitting power through a rotor on which the compressed air acts. These propulsion systems reach a maximum speed of 25.000 revolutions per minute.
Electric propulsion : Electric micro-motors reach an idle speed of up to 40.000 rpm. Unlike compressed air, it allows almost constant speed, regardless of the load. This gives the possibility of contacting the cutter with the tooth or the prosthesis during a treatment without reducing the cutting speed..
Handpieces with or without light?
In any odontological treatment, good lighting is fundamental. As a result, since 2007, some instruments have incorporated the use of LED lighting, a major advance in the dental world. The handpieces with lighting are generally more expensive than the models without integrated light but they greatly facilitate the work of the dentist.
We therefore advise you to take a handpiece with LED light and we particularly recommend this Straight Handpiece with a light by Prime Line.
The size of the head
The size of the head is a very important point because the types of treatments and the connections to the bur depend on it. Handpieces have a specific connection on the head and dental burs from other rotating instruments such as turbines or contra-angles may not be compatible with the handpiece.
On the other hand, smaller heads will provide better access and visibility in the field of operation. When making the purchase decision, it is important to take into consideration the height of the work, that is, the height of the head plus the height of the bur. If you work in pediatric dentistry, you will have to work with small instruments. If you would like, you can take a look at this Prime Line Straight Handpiece .
Cleaning and maintenance
Never forget cleanliness! To meet all hygiene requirements, handpieces, turbines or motors must be sterilized after each patient. For this reason, it is very important that the instruments can be separated very easily and quickly, so that the dentist does not lose unnecessary time and can devote to the management of the clinic.
To prolong the life of your handpieces, it is recommended that the sterilization process does not exceed the maximum permissible temperatures. The best option for this is a class B professional autoclave because they treat the material with care and reliability. You can read the following article about how to choose the best autoclave for your dental clinic.
Our handpieces recommendations
Kavo E10c Expermatic Handpiece
The highest quality, transmission 1:1 handpiece, and equipped with efficient individual spray, water and powdered air inner. Approximate speed 40.000 rpm.
Faster and easier cutter change due to reduced ring tension. In addition it is suitable for both handpieces burs and contra-angle burs.
Sterilisable and thermally disinfectant in autoclaves at 135º
Kavo (1:1) Mastermatic Lux M10 Handpiece
The Mastermatic Lux M10 L is a 1:1 handpiece that is perfect for handpiece and contra-angle handpiece milling machines. It is even suitable for simple extraoral technical work.
An electric propulsion model who has a maximum speed 40.000 rpm, it also has a perfect illumination thanks to its fiberglass light guide with 25.000 lumens.
Mastermatic L has a replaceable spray filter.
Bien Air 1:1 Air 1132 Handpiece
The Handpiece Air 1132 are designed to withstand repeated lateral supports large resulting tensions and to maintain unparalleled accuracy. It will satisfy all your needs and perfectly combines ultra-precise, robust and silent operation.
Direct transmission. Without light and internal spray.
With adjustment ring, Instrument or stem 2.35 mm.
Compatible with the entire range of Bien Air micromotor.
NKS S-MAX M65 1:1 Handpiece
S-MAX M65 included a head cleaning system.
Without Light. Highly resistant made of stainless steel.
Cannulate glass optics, burs carrier and simple Spray.
This handpiece has a maximum speed 40.000 rpm and a push botton system.
More economical Handpieces
Bien Air 1:1 Micro-Series Handpiece
They have been designed to withstand the high stresses resulting from repeated lateral supports and to maintain unmatched precision.
With internal spray. it has no lighting. They are silent and absence of vibrations.
The head size is 235mm, it will give you access to those hard-to-reach areas.
Compatible only with Bien Air's Microseries micromotor range.
Mk-Dent Eco Line Handpiece
You can find this handpiece with and without lighting. Versions with light, the alignment with the micro guide is retractable, so it can be used even in lightless Micromotors.
Sterilisable and thermo-disinfectable up to 135ºC.
With universal connection INTRAmatic / ISO, so it can be used on any pneumatic or electric micromotor.
This model has a modern and simple design, and rhodium-coated.
It has a Internal spray, INTRA system and is compatible with KaVo.
We hope all of these tips will help you in the difficult task of choosing the most appropriate handpiece. In Dentaltix you have at your disposal our catalog with a large variety of handpieces.
Also, if you are in the process of becoming a dentist, don't forget to take a look at the student section of the website or ask us questions on the phone or through email email@example.com for questions or group orders.