Handpieces are one of the most vital elements in dentistry. Because of this, at Dentaltix, we want to help you choose the right handpiece for your clinic.
Before getting stuck in, it's important to remember that the dental 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 is often paired with a micro-motor.
What should be taken into account 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.
- Cleaning and maintenance.
Types of propulsion of handpieces
Air propulsion :The micro-air motor drives 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 ensures that the cutting speed does not sow down during the preparation process when the bur comes into contact with the tooth structure or prothesis.
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 development in the dental sector.
The handpieces without lighting are generally cheaper than the models without integrated light, but they make the dentist's work much easier.
Cleaning and maintenance
Never forget to clean your dental handpiece! To meet all hygiene requirements, dental handpieces, turbines and motors must be sterilised after each patient. This is why it's very important that the instruments can be separated easily and quickly, so that you don't waste unnecessary time and can use it more effectively to manage your dental practice instead.
To extend the life of your handpieces, we recommend that the sterilisation process does not exceed the maximum advisable temperatures. The best option in this case is a Class B professional autoclave, as they treat the material carefully and reliably. At Dentaltix, we provide you with some guidelines for choosing the best class B autoclave.
It is also important to point out some aspects that you can also take into account when buying a handpiece, such as the transmission (direct or multiplier) or if the dental handpiece is for general use or for surgeries, since the general one should never be used for surgeries as they would end up being damaged or even rusting.
Our recommendations for dental handpieces
Bien Air 1:1 External Irrigation Handpiece
This state-of-the-art handpiece has been meticulously designed to withstand high stresses and to achieve unsurpassed precision.
Vibration reduction, silent and with a tried and tested grip are just some of its many advantages.
- Compatible with the entire range of Bien-Air micromotors
- No light available.
- External spray.
- Autoclavable with steam up to 135 °C (275 °F).
KAVO Expertmatic E10c dental handpiece
This handpiece is driven by electric, and reaches a maximum speed of 40,000 rpm on electric motor and 20,000 rpm on air motor.
It has optimised cooling, incorporates a reinforced grip system and allows quickly changing the bur.
It is also compatible with Multiflex couplings, has no light and guarantees proper cleaning, as it is a product that can be sterilised in an autoclave at 135º.
KAVO Mastermatic Lux M10 L dental handpiece
The Mastermatic L handpiece consists of a mini-head, making it easy to reach hard-to-reach areas.
On the other hand, it is an electric drive model, so it has a maximum speed of 40,000 rpm, and it also provides a perfect illumination, thanks to its built-in fibreglass light guide with 25,000 lumens.
Mastermatic L has a replaceable spray filter.
Bien Air 1:1 Air 1132 dental handpiece
The Air 1132 direct drive handpiece provides unparalleled precision and will make your work easier, as it is a silent instrument.
This tool does not have lighting and its shaft is 235 mm long, making it easily accessible to hard-to-reach areas.
It is compatible with the entire range of Bien Air micromotors.
NSK 1:1 S-MAX M65 Dental Handpiece
The S-MAX M65 handpiece features a clean head system, which facilitates the cleaning and maintenance mentioned above, thus achieving safe hygiene.
This instrument has no light, is electrically powered, incorporates a PushButton system and is resistant, as it is made of stainless steel.
Bien Air 1:1 Micro Series Dental Handpiece
First of all, this Bien Air handpiece, in relation to the features mentioned above, does not have any lighting.
Another thing to mention is that it has a clamping system and a locking system, which will make your work easier.
The size of the head is 235 mm, so it will give you easy access to those hard-to-reach areas.
This model also produces very little vibration and has internal spray.
Mk-Dent Eco Line dental handpiece
This handpiece is available with and without illumination, depending on the needs and types of treatment you need to perform.
Additionally, it provides effective cleaning, as it is sterilisable and thermodisinfectable at 135ºC.
The Eco Line handpiece has a universal INTRAmatic connection, which means that it can be used on any pneumatic or electric micromotor, thus achieving an adequate electric propulsion.
This model features a modern and simple design, with chrome plating.
It also incorporates internal spray and is KaVo compatible.
We hope that all these tips will help you in the difficult task of choosing the most suitable handpiece. At Dentaltix, there's a wide range of dental handpieces in our online catalogue, so that you can find the one that best suits your needs and your budget. If you have any questions or suggestions, we are just here!