Dental handpiece maintenance and repair

Nov. 25, 2013
Dental handpieces have evolved significantly over the years and they remain a vital part of dentistry today.

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Tija Hunter, CDA, EFDA


Dental handpieces have evolved significantly over the years and they remain a vital part of dentistry today. The care and maintenance of these instruments is essential to preserving not only the life of the instrument but its proper function as well. While traditional air driven handpieces are still a mainstay in dentistry, electric handpieces are now being more widely used. The newest technology takes components from both electric and air driven handpieces. Understanding how to clean and maintain these handpieces and their components properly will help the clinician achieve optimal results. Knowing when to replace or rebuild handpiece turbines and its pros and cons, and knowing who to send the handpiece to for repairs is essential for quality and turnaround times.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Implement proper cleaning and sterilization techniques
  2. Provide proper lubrication of each handpiece and its components
  3. Avoid common mistakes
  4. Provide proper care for a fiber optic or LED lens
  5. Demonstrate proper sterilization techniques for various handpieces
  6. Discuss handpiece turbines and the factors to consider when repair or replacement is necessary.

This educational activity has been made possible through an unrestricted grant from Dentsply.

This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, from novice to skilled.

Educational Methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.

Requirements for Successful Completion: To obtain 2 CE credits for this educational activity you must pay the required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation and obtain a score of at least 70%.

Educational Disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.

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