Four Ways to Prevent Dental Handpiece Damage

When it comes to taking care of your dental handpieces, there are four crucial things you need to keep in mind if you want to prevent damaging them. While it’s inevitable that things break down, it’s possible to extend the life of your handpieces by taking note of the following tips:

First, make sure to run your handpiece at the air pressure recommended by the manufacturer – this usually means keeping your air pressure at less than 35 PSI for high-speed handpieces, and less than 45 PSI for low speed handpieces. However, always consult the manual to be sure.

Second, when it comes to tightening the chuck, always do this with a bur in place. The reason is to prevent damage to the collet, which can be expensive to replace.

Third, when operating your push button handpiece, take care never depress the push button while it is in use. Doing so will often result in excessive heat being generated at the cap of your handpiece. The chucking mechanism may also be damaged and it’s possible that the bur will be expelled from the rotating handpiece.

And last, when it comes to sterilizing your handpiece, always make sure you remove the bur first to avoid corrosion.

Thank you for watching and be sure to visit for more tips and tricks about dental handpiece repair and maintenance.

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