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Checking the Setup of an Electric Handpiece

Checking the Setup of an Electric Handpiece

Comfort Drive XDR 200

The 200 XDR is Kavo’s latest entry into the electric high speed market. This unique handpiece is the same size as the 25LPA or any of the ISO highspeed electrics with one big difference: the motor is built into the handpiece!


High Speed Electric Handpieces

Assistina Again

When we put a high speed attachment in the Assistina and ran it for one cycle there was no evidence that the oil had reached the head of the handpiece. It took at least 2 cycles to adequately lubricate and clean the attachment.

The Piezo Handpiece Dilemma

Piezo handpieces are not all created equal. In fact, they fall into two distinct categories: the EMS type and the Satelec type.

Electric Surgical Handpiece Motors

Hall Surgairtome E, Hall micropower, Stryker impaction drill, Core impaction drill, Commonly found in the Oral Surgery practice, this type of handpiece has a great deal of torque to cut through tooth and bone easily.

Setting the Bur

Setting the bur is a simple step in installing a high speed bur in a handpiece which causes the chuck to grip the bur more securely. It requires putting slight pressure on the end of the bur after releasing the button on the handpiece.

Electric Motors in Dentistry

In case you missed it, electric motors are rapidly replacing air driven handpieces in the dental industry. Although this has long been the standard in Europe we in the US have been slow to change. The primary advantage of the electric motor over air driven is the torque and as a bonus it is much quieter, easing the tension caused by whining air turbines. The down side is of course is the initial cost and the expense of repair.

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