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August 3, 2016
Keeping your operating light in the proper position is very important for illuminating your patient's oral cavity. The daily wear and tear on the various joints and pivots can impede proper function of your light that can cause it to drift.
Due to what your light is used for, it needs to have the ability to move in various directions to allow proper positioning. What you don't want is "drifting." Drifting can refer to any unwanted movement in the vertical or horizontal planes.
For the Pelton & Crane Light Fantastic series of lights, American Dental Accessories offers a variety of components to eliminate unwanted light movement.
If the light is drifting from side to side: make sure the vertical post is plumb/level on post mounted and ceiling mounted lights. Refer to your owner's manual for information on how to level the post on your light. It could also be that the wave washers are worn or the snubbing pin is loose. Tighten or replace the snubbing pin and replace the wave washers. We have a drift kit which consists 1 flat washer, 1 wave washer, & 1 snubbing pin that can fix your problem and stabilize side to side head drift.
If the light head is drifting downwards or upwards in the yoke: the reflector pivot bushings should be tightened or replaced. These are a very common items that wear out.
If the entire light arm is drooping: the main arm spring will need to be adjusted and maybe even replaced. Use a spring tool if you need to tighten the arm or replace the springs.
The diagram below illustrates the various planes of movement of a Pelton and Crane light, as well as the components responsible for controlling these types of movement. All operating lights move in these directions and will have similar components.
For example, if you are fixing the drift on a Belmont operatory light, there is a tool for adjusting the main arm tension. Just as with the Pelton & Crane light, the main arm spring can be adjusted to provide appropriate tension.
When it comes to doing your own dental equipment repair, having the proper tools and repair parts will save you a service call and money. With the mentioned components above, you will be able to keep your light aimed where you want it to and shed some light on your patient’s oral health.
August 2, 2016
Diagnosing an issue with your dental equipment can be easy to do, but when it comes to some of the more expensive components, such as your x-ray sensor, it will take a little more work. This dentist asked us:
If you are having with the software, contact the sensor's manufacturer and they can help you walk through the issues are having. Perhaps your sensors aren't the issue at all. Maybe the other x-ray parts are. Equipment with higher technology just take a little more trial and error to fix.
July 26, 2016
Is your sterilizer having issues? With so many makes and models out there, there could be a few reasons it is acting up. Before you purchase parts and try to repair your sterilizer, check your manual to look up the error message or code.
See our Practice Tip #20 and Practice Tip #21 for Statim related issues. For other brands, gives us a call and we will be glad to help you troubleshoot even further.