Kate Scheer discusses the maintenance of handpieces.
Investing in your handpieces means that you can improve the quality of care that you provide. To protect your handpieces’ longevity, and ensure that they are working to maximum potential so that your patients receive high-quality treatment, it’s important to employ the best methods of maintenance.
The issue of handpiece maintenance and decontamination has become more and more important with the development of automated devices to ensure effective, consistent lubrication dosing to keep the instruments in full working order. These devices not only make handpiece care more effective but also improve the efficiency of the team whilst making sure that your handpieces are maintained and ready for use. Consistent high-quality maintenance extends their working life whilst enhancing the efficiency of the practice team.
The importance of handpiece care
The maintenance process of a handpiece will depend on the manufacturer’s instructions, but HTM 01-05 guidance recommends a detailed clean of the interior and exterior soon after use, followed by a lubrication of the interior framework, before undergoing sterilisation. Lubrication is an important step, contributing heavily to the longevity of the handpiece. By including it within the reprocessing workflow, the moving parts are protected when exposed to high temperatures, pressure, and any debris that could damage the tool.