DE's Business Lab: The importance of handpiece maintenance

July 3, 2024
There are so many things that dental practice owners need to worry about. The last thing they want to add to that list is their handpiece not working. This important equipment must be maintained properly.

Dr. Josh Austin and I agree that our handpiece is the main thing we must have to be able to produce the dollars that we need for everything else to happen in our practices. One way to do this is to opt for a quality handpiece, but that doesn’t always happen.

When a handpiece goes bad, our first instinct is to wonder why it went bad in the first place. Frankly, the maintenance may not be as good as you think it is. Since there are no single-use handpieces, we simply need to maintain them, even the quality ones. It’s an ugly part of dentistry that we’re probably rushing through, but we must change that attitude. We should educate the team and set them up for success to keep our handpieces in top shape.

One system we recommend is the KaVo Quattrocare, and we explain why.

About the Author

Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD

Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD, is a graduate and former faculty member of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. Author of Dental Economics’ Pearls for Your Practice column, Dr. Austin lectures nationally on products, dental technology, online reputation management, and social media. He maintains a full-time restorative dentistry private practice in San Antonio, Texas. You may contact Dr. Austin at [email protected].

Updated June 21, 2023

About the Author

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD | Chief Editor

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of Dental Economics. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected]