Consistent oiling and maintenance is the life blood of your handpieces
With the rapid change in many practice procedures as a result of Covid19, particularly infection control protocol, nothing will be the same again. One thing that can’t change is the need for consistent oiling and lubricating of your handpieces! Unfortunately, for the past year, with the additional workload of increased infection control procedures, practice staff are finding themselves in different roles and handpiece care could have taken a back seat.
Correct and consistent oiling and maintenance procedures are essential to prevent continuous repairs, or worse, having to purchase new equipment. By reducing the amount of friction between moving parts, the heat inside the handpiece is lowered and therefore wear is reduced.
All handpieces should be oiled after every use (or after 20 minutes continuous use) and prior to sterilisation. The handpiece should then be sterilised (wrapped if a vacuum cycle) and finally stored in a head up position to avoid any possible corrosion.
Using the right amount of oil on the handpiece is integral to the lubrication process and can make a drastic difference to your handpiece’s health if not done properly. Too little oil means the handpiece won’t run properly, and the whole procedure was essentially time wasted. However too much oil (particularly poor quality oil) can be detrimental, causing a gumming effect around the turbine and effectively writing off your handpiece. All staff understanding correct oiling procedure is essential maintenance for longevity and performance of your equipment. Investing in an oiling machine will ensure consistent and effective oiling and can pay for itself in lower repair and oiling costs.
With the right care and attention, you can maximise the lifespan of your handpieces and avoid unnecessary repairs, downtime and costs. Follow our easy 6 step guide below for manual oiling, and the manufacturers advice to keep your handpiece in perfect condition.
- Ensure correct nozzle applicable to handpiece connection is being used when attaching lubricant, otherwise the process will not work effectively
- Shake can to mix propellant
- Place the spray on a level surface
- Insert nozzle into base of handpiece
- Spray oil until spray emitted is clean
- Finally oil the chuck using a fine point oil can nozzle.