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Handpiece Repair – 12 Preventive Measures

 

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Who wouldn't want their handpieces to last an extra 6 months or so between repair visits? Handpiece repair is one of the highest recurring costs for a dental practice. With today's technology being exposed to the dreaded autoclave, the need for handpiece repair is certain. But, what if you could do a few things to stretch the handpiece repair time line out a bit? Would you?

Handpiece Repair Postponed

Do the following 12 ways to avoid handpiece repair always result in radical improvements? Certainly not. But, collectively you will see results. Review below to see what you and your staff could be doing differently to postpone that next handpiece repair.handpiece repair

    1. Appoint a team member to the position of Handpiece Manager. Why Manager? Well, mostly because its kind of funny, but it does help define the importance of the job. Consistent handpiece maintenance is a key factor in minimizing handpiece repair costs.
    2. Resist the temptation to over lubricate. If two drops are good, three must be better, right? Absolutely not. Stick to the instructions for lubricants, and purge, purge, purge prior to placing handpiece in autoclave.handpiece repair
    3. Adjust air pressures to mfg recommendations. No one likes a limp handpiece. On the converse though, don't run pressures too high, or handpiece repair is certainly in your near future. Get a handpiece gauge to check it properly.
    4. Keep Air/Water supplies clean, clean, clean. The words "tortuous" and "constricted"  always come to mind when thinking of the paths water and air must travel to become of use in a dental handpiece. Filters are a must for air and water lines.
    5. Replace handpiece gaskets often, or when visibly hardened or cracked. This is specially important on the Star Swivel Couplers. Replace Star Coupler gaskets with the original Star Green Gasket, or equivalent only. You will be amazed at the improvement in performance. Improves handpiece efficiency, and helps prevent leaks which can cause connectors to corrode. Ask your handpiece repair guy how many times he has cut connectors off of handpiece threads. This usually happens when low speeds remain attached to the unit for longer periods of time.
    6. Clean handpiece and connector threads often to avoid rust and corrosion buildup. Thread brushes are great for this.handpiece repair
    7. Remove broken burs yourself with a strong magnet. Check out super strong Neodymium magnets sized perfectly for this application. Bur Magnets>>>...
    8. Replace back caps when bent or damaged, ensure button works properly and doesn't contact turbine when operating, and keep holes in back caps clean and clear to ensure air is able to flow through them. If you ever install a new turbine which fails to perform as expected, check the back cap for clogged holes or visible damage.
    9. Cut off hose ends and re-attach hose connectors periodically to ensure a good connection at this point. To do this, just cut air line hose just below connector with scissors, remove old hose from connector, and re-attach. A little water placed at connection point will help lubricate and allow barbed connections to enter hose more easily.
    10. Throw away burs after use. When dental burs are seated into chuck, they become an extension of the turbine itself. A bent bur causes high vibration, and turbine damage. It may not be readily visible each time this happens, but the damage has ocurredhandpiece repair none the less, and turbine longevity is effected. New burs are also sharper, and require less work to be performed by the turbine. High quality carbide burs are available for less than $1 each. Consider it insurance against handpiece repair.
    11. Keep chucks clean with handpiece cleaner, and a chuck brush. We all know dental turbines are useless without good strong chucks to securely hold burs. Spray cleaner into chuck and clean with a 1mm or 2mm nylon brush regularly. Your turbine will reward you with less down time to handpiece repair.

Best Way To Avoid Handpiece Repair

  1. Get an automatic handpiece lubrication unit. Borrowed, blue, old, new. Doesn't matter. Just get one. These things work. In our opinion, next to limiting human error, automatic handpiece purge, lubrication, or maintenance units (what ever you want to call them) are the best way to consistently avoid handpiece repair. Also, check out Kavo QUATTROcare for a good description of how these work.

Nakamura Handpieces

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Head Dental - Nakamura Handpieces

Head Dental is the North American distributor for Nakamura Handpieces. Nakamura manufacturers high speed handpieces, low speed motors, contra angles, nose cones, and heads compatible with most other major brands. In fact, a vast majority of the quality replacement handpiece attachments are made at the Nakamura factory in Japan.

Nakamura Handpieces for Midwest

Nakamura handpieces are excellent replacements for Midwest contra angles, nose cones, latch type, and friction grip heads to work seamlessly with Midwest Shorty and Rhino air driven motors.

Nakamura Handpieces Available for Midwest

Replacement Dental Bearings for Midwest Tradition
Replacement Dental Bearings for Midwest Tradition
$16.95
Time Remaining: 14d 4h 2m
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Back Cap For Midwest Tradition  XGT Push Button Dental Highspeed Handpieces
Back Cap For Midwest Tradition XGT Push Button Dental Highspeed Handpieces
$25.00
Time Remaining: 21d 20h 21m
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Bur Wrench For MIDWEST Tradition Screw Type Dental Highspeed Handpieces
Bur Wrench For MIDWEST Tradition Screw Type Dental Highspeed Handpieces
$9.95
Time Remaining: 21d 20h 22m
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Replacement Dental Bearings for Midwest Tradition Push Button with Gold Impeller
Replacement Dental Bearings for Midwest Tradition Push Button with Gold Impeller
$21.95
Time Remaining: 7d 20h 26m
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Nakamura Handpieces for E-type Motors

Many E-type attachments are available, including nose cones, contra angles, and an array of heads adaptable to both. Nakamura also manufacturers quality low speed motors equipped to operate these attachments as well.

E-Type Nakamura Handpieces Available

Nakamura E type Head Attachment for Contra Angle Latch Type Mini EH 20ML
Nakamura E type Head Attachment for Contra Angle Latch Type Mini EH 20ML
$59.50
Time Remaining: 14d 18h 11m
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Nakamura Straight Handpiece 41 Gear Ratio E Type ESG 30AR 1 Year Warranty
Nakamura Straight Handpiece 41 Gear Ratio E Type ESG 30AR 1 Year Warranty
$272.25
Time Remaining: 14d 22h 50m
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Dental Handpiece Contra Angle ISO Type E TYPE Nakamura Dental EC 20L 11 NEW
Dental Handpiece Contra Angle ISO Type E TYPE Nakamura Dental EC 20L 11 NEW
$139.95
Time Remaining: 9d 21h 21m
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ND Nakamura 41 reduction light use E type attachment mini latch head
ND Nakamura 41 reduction light use E type attachment mini latch head
$190.00
Time Remaining: 27d 15h 57m
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Nakamura Handpieces Available for Star

20K Latch Angle for Star
20K Latch Angle for Star
$49.95
Time Remaining: 16d 16h 12m
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Mini Ball Bearing Lever Latch Head for Star Titan Motors 1 Year Warranty
Mini Ball Bearing Lever Latch Head for Star Titan Motors 1 Year Warranty
$39.95
Time Remaining: 25d 17h 54m
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Bien Air Handpieces

bien air handpiecesMade in Switzerland, Bien Air handpieces are marketed heavily in North America, and are well received. Bien Air has a complete line of air driven and electric handpieces which rival the very best the world has to offer. Swiss made products have long been synonymous with quality, dental handpieces not withstanding. Whisper quiet, smooth operating Bien Air handpieces are near vibration free allowing them to provide years of trouble free use. One of the first to incorporate brushless technology in low speed electric motors, Bien Air continues to innovate toward, and advocate the transfer to electric handpieces for all uses in the modern practice.

The following is a representative list of Bien Air handpieces available from dealers using Ebay to market their wares. See also the drop down menu at top for more selections.

Bien Air Handpieces Available:

Bien Air Sterile Sleeve Bur Guard for PM 12 Surgical Nosecone 100 pack
Bien Air Sterile Sleeve Bur Guard for PM 12 Surgical Nosecone 100 pack
$275.00
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Bien Air Optima Campus Ref 1600964
Bien Air Optima Campus Ref 1600964
$77.00 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 24m

Bien Air Electric Handpiece Set
Bien Air Electric Handpiece Set
$1,200.00
Time Remaining: 7d 22h 52m
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Bien Air EVO15 CA 15L Micro Series Highspeed Handpiece
Bien Air EVO15 CA 15L Micro Series Highspeed Handpiece
$399.00
Time Remaining: 3d 4h 48m

Bien Air Metal Bur Guard with Irrigation Nozzle for PM 12 Surgical Nosecone
Bien Air Metal Bur Guard with Irrigation Nozzle for PM 12 Surgical Nosecone
$189.00
Time Remaining: 17d 14h 29m
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Bien Air PM 12 Impaction Straight Surgical Nosecone Open Box New
Bien Air PM 12 Impaction Straight Surgical Nosecone Open Box New
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BIEN AIR TABLE TOP HIGH SPEED HANDPIECE SYSTEM COMPLETE UNIT
BIEN AIR TABLE TOP HIGH SPEED HANDPIECE SYSTEM COMPLETE UNIT
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Bien Air 1600064 006 Lubrifluid Spray Lubricant 500 mL Ea
Bien Air 1600064 006 Lubrifluid Spray Lubricant 500 mL Ea
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Bien Air Console Optima MX2 White Unopened Box
Bien Air Console Optima MX2 White Unopened Box
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Chuck for Bien Air Black Pearl Lab TD 783 TDS 890 Jelenko Carv aire
Chuck for Bien Air Black Pearl Lab TD 783 TDS 890 Jelenko Carv aire
$39.00
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