There is no doubt. Handpieces are the dentist´s great companions and allies. After all, there is no work without them. But, it is common to be committed some small errors that end up compromising the life of these parts.
So, we list the actions that dental professionals should avoid as much as possible to ensure the durability of their instruments. Check out:
1) Forget lubricate the handpieces prior to autoclaving.
2) Leave for lubricating the gripper, i.e., the clamp holding the drill. Yes, it is important. This maintenance involves the external cleaning and lubrication.
3) Pass only 70% alcohol on the outside of the handpiece and forget to clean it with a brush. Only alcohol does not remove the debris, which even after autoclave can remain on the piece and form a thin adhesive layer, enabling environment for proliferation of new bacteria.
4) Use of low-quality lubricant, which evaporates in autoclaving. Opt for one that dispense dual lubrication - before and after autoclaving - and ensure lubrication for much longer. Well lubricated parts maintain the quality of the bearings and correct functioning of the gripper.
5) Do not take the pieces to autoclaving and find that only 70% alcohol is sufficient. Serious mistake that not only compromises their instruments, but most importantly, the health of their patients.
6) Use air compressors not free of oil. The oil mixed with air propulsion accelerates wear on the rotors, which compromises power. Furthermore, the use of the filter dryer is indispensable.
7) Use shoddy drills, which easily lose the cut. Bad drills involve more effort from the set of rotors and wear the piece bearing or shaft imbalance.
Source: ABO, information from Diário Odonto
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