The dental handpiece that change my life.
I remember that fearful noise when I was a child, even today i can recall the feeling. My first memory of a dental office is the waiting room and the noise of the handpiece, of course until that day I didn’t know what kind of device could produce that singular and so awful noise. Rapidly I found what it was, something that I had never seen before, my child curiosity replaced my fear, and then my curiosity became a desire to have one of my own. So, that very day, I made a promise to myself: “one day I will be a dentist”.
Old handpiece but reliable
My first handpiece was an old fashion concentrix II, fast, strong and noisy. It was not in fashion as those of my classmates and everybody in my class fooled me about it, but when it came of dental preparation, especially metal, it always stood out.
A brief dental handpiece review. From belt driven dental drills to High-speed handpieces
Dental handpieces have evolved through years. One university professor used to tell me about the dentistry’s old days. When he was a student, he learned with an old belt driven slow-speed drill. It was terrible for patients, the vibration and noise made the dental appointment a fairly unpleasant experience.
When the handpieces with air turbine arrive to the scene, the noise became a new issue, because high-speed handpieces could register from 65 to 75 dB and regarding noise and its potential ear damage, when you get 90dB it is consider that can cause permanent hearing loss, so imagine the problems working day after day with a noisy handpiece. It probably save cost for you but when you get older your health costs will increase.
Moreover you must consider that noise increases the stress levels in younger patients and can make them completely uncooperative and if we are talking about time-consuming technology I really consider an unpleasant noisy handpiece as one.
Thankfully, now we have electric turbines with ceramic bearings that produce less noise by 15 percent, with improved power, torque control and reduced head size for a better visibility. Newer state-of-the-art handpieces are without a question a good investment in a dental office that shows benefits to patients as well for clinicians.