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
- La taille de la tête
- 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 strawberries 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 account the height of the work, ie the height of the head plus the height of the cutter. 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 clinica.
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.
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.
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