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How Proper Lubrication Can Extend the Lifespan of Any Dental Handpiece

As a dental professional, your handpiece is one of your single most important tools of the trade. You’d like to keep this trusted instrument performing good-as-new for as long as possible.

 

Unfortunately, handpiece maintenance isn’t always as simple as the sales brochure makes it out to be. Keeping a handpiece in top shape requires that you follow a strict regimen of cleaning and lubrication. That’s a lot to ask of anyone in a fast-paced, fully-booked dental practice.

 

Wish there was a way to extend the life of your favourite handpiece and spend less time on maintenance?  It could be easier than you think, if you choose your maintenance supplies wisely.

 

Why Your Handpiece Lubricant Makes a Difference 

As you know, cleaning and lubrication are the cornerstones of basic handpiece maintenance.

 

Handpieces must be cleaned after each use (even between sterilizations) to avoid cross-contamination, and daily lubrication is necessary to keep the turbine, air motor, shank and head in good working order.

 

It is important to follow cleaning with lubrication, as the abrasives found in handpiece cleaners can get into the mechanisms of the handpiece.

 

Today, many clinics use automatic handpiece maintenance systems to lubricate multiple handpieces simultaneously. However, lubricating a handpiece manually is relatively simple:

 

Disassemble the handpiece and remove the burr so you can reach its internal components.


Inject lubricant into the air drive port so that it reaches the turbine.


Lubricate both ends of the contra-angle, or remove the cylinder from the prophy angle and lubricate both ends.


Re-assemble the handpiece and operate, head down, for 10-30 seconds (depending on the manufacturer's instructions) without a burr to purge excess lubricant.
Wipe any excess lubricant remaining on the handpiece using a dry gauze pad or paper towel.

 

10 Tips to Extend the Life of Any Dental Handpiece

Proper lubrication is essential to getting the most life and the best possible performance from any dental handpiece.

 

Here are a few pointers on choosing a handpiece lubricant that can help you minimize downtime, reduce the frequency of repairs and avoid unnecessary costs while extending your tool’s lifespan.

 

Lubricate the Handpiece Chuck Separately

The handpiece chuck generally requires separate care and a direct dose of lubricant.

 

Lubricate Before Sterilization, Not After

A high-quality handpiece lubricant like Sable EZ Lube will not break down in autoclaving temperature or otherwise be affected by the sterilization process. Lubrication prior to autoclaving has also been shown to increase the longevity of air-turbine handpiece bearings.

 

Avoid Overlubricating Low-Speed Handpieces

Applying too much lubricant to a low-speed motor can saturate it and cause it to become sluggish.

 

Use a Product That Cleans And Lubricants At Once

This saves you valuable time when it comes to preparing your handpiece for sterilization. We’ve developed Sable EZ Lube to remove dirt and stains from handpiece surfaces while it lubricates.

 

Don’t Lubricate ‘Lube-Free’ Turbine Bearings

Certain Kavo and Star Dental handpiece turbines are not designed for direct lubrication.

 

Use a Food-Grade Handpiece Lubricant

We know that a handpiece can discharge lubricant in the direction of the bur for some 40 minutes after lubrication. Using a food-grade synthetic lubricant will ensure that this will not affect your patients.

 

Never Use Any Non-Dental Lubricant For Your Handpiece

Safety comes first! Non-dental lubricants may not be safe for your patients or good for your handpiece. Sable EZ Lube was developed in conjunction with Aerospace Lubricants Inc. specifically for dental handpieces.

 

Always Follow the Handpiece Manufacturer’s Instructions
Maintenance standards can vary between different manufacturers, and in different models from the same manufacturer.


Use The Adapter That Corresponds Your Coupling System
This will ensure that you deliver the right amount of lubricant to the deepest recesses of your handpiece. Our Sable EZ Lube comes in 500ml aerosol cans with nozzles available for most handpieces, including contras, straights, heads and low-speed motors.


Don’t Skimp on the Lubricant!
Your handpiece can’t function properly without proper lubrication!  If cost is a concern, there are affordable handpiece lubricants on the market. Sable EZ Lube is affordably priced, with cost savings of 20-30% over other top lubricant brands.

 

Have any questions about our handpiece lubricants? Get in touch with us and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

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What You Should Be Asking to Find the Best Dental Handpiece Repair Service

Dental handpieces are the bread and butter of any dental office.

 

Imagine a violinist without a violin or a painter without a paintbrush. That is what dental handpieces are to dentists and hygienists.

 

Without them, a dentist couldn’t fully function safely and easily.

 

Every dentist has their own personal preferences to which handpieces they use. The speed, and size and just overall feel of the equipment allows us to feel comfortable in delivering the best possible experience and quality for any patient.

 

But like most things, everyday use can wear down the machinery. Handpieces are investments and so their repairs shouldn’t be brushed aside.

 

What should you ask when your handpieces are wearing down and it’s time to get them repaired?

 

1. Do All Repairs Come With A Warranty? 

 

Handpieces are investments to your overall business. You need a guarantee that it will work.

 

The tools you use in your office, are extensions of yourself and your business. If something goes wrong because of a faulty repair, you’re liable for that patient’s safety.

 

A warranty is a silent indicator that the company is confident in their services to ensure your tools with a failsafe. Not only that but if something does happen, you’re covered.

 

Typically, the average repair service warranty is 3-6 months, depending on the handpiece and the type of repair. You’ll want a company that carries out quality repairs with a guarantee that it will work well.

 

If a repair service lacks a warranty, it’s probably best to avoid their services. They may have an inexpensive price tag, but you’ll get what you pay for. There’s a reason they are cheap.

 

Imagine yourself bringing your car in to get new brakes on your car. The technician says they’ll be covered under warranty for the next year. This is a necessary investment to ensure that you’ll be safe on the road, not only to those around you but also yourself.

 

Handpiece repair warranties are similar to car warranties. They are necessary investments to perform your daily tasks safely.

 

2. What Kind Of Parts Are Being Used?

 

Like we said before, handpieces are investments to the success of your business.

 

The last thing you’ll ever want is to replace your high-quality handpiece parts with cheap, poor quality parts. You wouldn’t replace violin strings with yarn, so why would you expect anything less than high-quality parts for every repair?

 

Sadly, if you end up with poor quality parts in your tools, not only is it not going to last as long but it may also damage your tools beyond repair.

 

One of the best things you can do is find out what others recommend. Personal recommendations are huge because they know how the product actually turned out.

 

No one should ever take expensive equipment to someone they don’t know!

 

3. Does The Company Provide High-Quality Customer Service?

 

You need someone who will give you the best experience possible.

 

What does that look like? Someone that honours the promises they make. If they are charging you for a quick turnaround, they make sure they are delivering their work on time.

 

If you don’t get a good feeling around them, or your personalities clash, then don’t entrust them with your repairs.

 

Some of the best repair services are the ones that let you speak directly with one that’s handling your equipment. They have the knowledge on what needs to be done.

 

An indication of a good repair company is if they offer you a free no obligation quote. You need someone to tell you if your tools are just beyond repair. Someone who won’t waste your time trying to fix something that can’t be.

 

Giving you an estimate or advice, means that you can trust their knowledge and they have your best interest in mind.

 

Extending the lifespan of your handpieces can allow you to save money. But you need someone who will tell you like it is, when things are beyond repair. Talk to us about our handpieces and how we can help you!

 

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Dental Handpiece Innovation: Meet Sable’s 6 Newest Handpieces

The dental handpiece is almost as old as the practice of dentistry itself.

 

Most of its history involves incremental improvement. Handpiece innovation didn’t kick into high speed until recently, with the invention of the first belt-driven electric instrument at the turn of the 20th century and the air-driven handpiece 50 years later.

 

Today, manufacturers and dental professionals are constantly working together to achieve higher speeds, smoother cuts, greater control, and enhanced comfort for practitioners and patients alike.

 

E-Type Prophy package

 

That has always been our goal at Sable Industries: to continuously refine and innovate our offerings based on the insight of dental practitioners like you.

 

Celebrating 20 Years of Handpiece Innovation

Over the past 20 years, we’ve had the opportunity to speak with thousands of dentists, specialists and registered dental hygienists who use our dental handpieces every day. Their feedback has helped us develop the precise, powerful handpieces and components that have carved out our place in the industry.

 

For our anniversary we were excited to release six innovative dental handpieces into the market:

  1. E-Type 1:1 & 4:1 One Piece Contra Angle, an ultralight aluminum slow speed handpiece
  2. Access Pro Series, a high speed, fiber optic titanium finished handpiece with a compact head for optimum accessibility and visibility
  3. Rotamax Pro Series, a high speed, fiber optic titanium finished handpiece designed for maximum torque

Plus, for the duration of our anniversary sale, each of these new handpieces is buy-three-get-one-free.

 

E-Type 1:1 & 4:1 One Piece Contra Angle

We designed every facet of this E-Type handpiece to make your job easier, from cutting and polishing to cleaning and maintenance.

 

The lightweight aluminum body is sculpted to fit comfortably in the practitioner’s hand, and the contra-angle shaft gives access to those hardest-to-reach parts of the oral cavity.

A one-piece design was chosen to enable efficient cleaning and field repair.

 

As for maintenance, the E-Type 1:1 and 4:1 one piece contra angles include internal lubrication channels for faster lubrication and sterilization. This design ensures that the handpiece will remain properly lubricated and extend the life of the handpiece. You can purchase Sable’s prophy button to convert the screw-in prophy head to a snap-on prophy head.
 

Access and Rotamax Pro Series KL & NL

Our new high-speed Access & Rotamax Pro Series models feature:

  • State-of-the-art fiber-optics
  • Quadruple water spray for more efficient surface cooling
  • Innovative teardrop-shaped head design for greater visibility
  • Improved turbine and suspension system for a smoother, quieter operation.
  • Compatibility with KaVo style or NSK style couplers
  • Two-year warranty

The Access & Rotamax Pro Series KL/NL

The Rotamax Pro Series provides additional torque to handle removal of Zirconic crowns. Its sleek, titanium finish is durable and 40 percent lighter than stainless steel – putting more power in the practitioner’s hand while reducing physical demand.

 

The Access Pro Series features a mini-head design and optimum accessibility to all parts of the mouth.

 

Buy Three New Handpieces and Get One Free

The year 2018 marks our 20th anniversary as a Canadian manufacturer of high-quality high and slow speed dental handpieces. We felt it was the perfect time to release six new tools into the marketplace – and for a limited time, we’re offering a free dental handpiece with the purchase of any three of our latest offerings.

(free goods will be equal to or less than the lowest priced item).

 

Get in touch to learn more or claim this offer today!

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8 Things You’ll Learn About in Dental School

 

Everyone knows dental hygienists clean teeth. But did you know they also examine patients for signs of disease, provide preventative treatment, and educate people on good oral health? Here’s a sneak peek at some of the amazing things you’ll learn in dental school.

 

Practical Skills

 

Dental hygienists do more than just clean teeth. They examine teeth and gums, chart cavities, place brackets and bands, install arch wires, and take a hands-on role in all kinds of dental procedures. These practical skills are the core of any dental hygienist program.

 

Once you have learned the fundamentals, you’ll begin to apply what you have learned in a mock clinical setting until you’re ready to assist with real patients.

 

Tools of the Trade

 

What's the difference between electric and air-driven handpieces? You’ll know soon. Dental hygienists use a wide range of dental equipment and tools, from simple picks and dental mirrors to high-tech equipment like X-ray machines.

Dental school will teach you to pick the best dental tools for the job.

 

Treating Different Patients

 

No two patients are exactly alike. Different people have different needs when it comes to dental care. In dental school, you’ll learn to provide top-notch treatment to people of all ages and backgrounds. Some schools offer courses focusing on the unique needs of people who are elderly, disabled, or have other barriers to receiving dental treatment.  

 

Human Biology

 

Dental hygienists not only learn the ins and outs of oral anatomy, they also acquire in-depth knowledge of the human body in general. They study various aspects of human biology, right down to the microscopic make-up of tissues and the mechanisms of disease.

 

 

Community Health and Advocacy

 

As members of the dental profession, dental hygienists have a platform to advocate on dental health issues in the community. Many dental schools have a course on public health and advocacy, where you learn how to improve access to dental care and spread the word using marketing and mass media.

 

Nutrition

 

Diet plays a huge role in oral health. To help your patients maintain healthy teeth and gums, you must know the science of nutrition. Dental hygienists learn the function of basic nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in the body, along with the impact of nutrition and nutritional deficiencies on oral health. By the time you’re finished dental school, you’ll know more about healthy eating than a dedicated health nut!

 

Communication Skills

 

Do you have good people skills? If so, you’ll have a leg-up in the dental profession. If not, dental school will help you catch up! Dental hygienists often spend more time speaking with patients than dentists do, and they teach patients to maintain and develop good dental habits. With good communication skills, you can help make the dental office experience more comfortable and beneficial to patients.

 

Yourself

 

Dental school is no walk in the park. Mastering the practical skills takes a great deal of physical strength, endurance, and manual dexterity. Your science courses will demand hours of reading and dedicated studying, testing your ability to analyze problems and think critically. However, at the end of this long road lies a career full of potential! Going through the rigors of dental school will help you discover whether the dental profession is right for you, and if so, what role you want to play within it.

 

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