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March 28, 2017
All dentists have their preferred dental handpiece. If you are a dentist that uses a high-speed handpiece with a fiberoptic or LED bulb, this quick tip is for you.
Having a light on your handpiece helps focus light on the area of examination. Like most bulbs, they tend to burn out after use. Your dental handpiece goes through quite a bit of wear-and-tear, so the suggested precautions seen above will really help you increase the longevity of your lighted high-speed hp. Your handpiece choice is all personal preference and proper maintenance is key to running them properly (see Practice Tip #5 for more hp maintenance and Practice Tip #36 for more on hp couplers).
January 10, 2017
Welcome to another episode of Quick Tips. This week we are helping this customer with their handpiece. She is experiencing a pressure issue when it comes to using her high-speed handpiece with a dental bur. We have this advice for her:
We have quite a few turbines to choose from (see if we have yours). If you need help installing your turbine, watch our helpful YouTube video. You can easily do it yourself with the right dental supplies. Perhaps you need more explanation on this quick tip, give us a call— we are more than ready to help you out.
April 5, 2016
Wrench (or “standard”) chuck handpieces have their perks and can be beneficial in your dental practice as they have a lower cost and can be more reliable as they have fewer moving parts. They are also simpler to maintain as you can free up a stuck chuck using a ¼” open-end wrench.
Back in Practice Tip #63, we discussed the different chucking mechanisms used on high-speed handpieces. This month, we’ll outline the precise technique to use a common hand tool to free up a stuck wrench ("standard") chuck.
First, if having trouble changing a bur, make sure your bur wrench is functioning properly. The central shaft of the wrench should be solid and not rotate independently of the handle. You can check your wrench using a pliers.
Just grasp the central shaft with a pliers and attempt to spin the handle. If you can spin the handle while holding the central shaft, the wrench is stripped (worn) and should be discarded. Replace with a new wrench. Generally, if the wrench is stripped, you’ll also be able to tell; the wrench will spin freely when engaged in the handpiece, but the bur will not loosen.
If the shaft is solid and you are still unable to open the chuck, the chuck is likely jammed and/or just stuck. In order to open it, you’ll just need more leverage. You can get more leverage by using a ¼” open-end wrench on the handle of the bur wrench. Just place the wrench over the handle as illustrated below:
Are you still having problems opening the chuck? You’ll need to use a second wrench to hold the spindle steady, while opening the chuck. It will be necessary to steady your handpiece by resting it on a table or counter top and holding the handpiece and wrench with one hand, while turning the wrench on the handle with your other hand.
During use, debris can get lodged in the chuck causing it to get stuck, or the bur can get jammed in if the handpiece is dropped, bumped, or jarred. Using the techniques illustrated above, you can still free up your handpiece and restore it to proper function quickly and easily.