Product Review: Why you should consider electric handpieces [VIDEO]

Dental Products Report, Dental Products Report-2013-06-01, Issue 6

Dr. Lou Graham says there is one big question for clinicians when it comes to handpieces: electric or air?

Dr. Lou Graham says there is one big question for clinicians when it comes to handpieces: electric or air?

With the technological advancements that have come with the industry’s electric handpieces, Graham discusses with Dr. John Flucke what the big perks are when considering electric.

In the 90s, Dr. Flucke evaluated many electric handpieces and says he always went directly back to air driven. That’s because older electric handpieces were extremely heavy and simply weren’t reliable.

But, he notes, those were the electric handpieces of the past.

Dr. Flucke says present-day electric handpieces are not anything like their past counterparts: Now, they are light and ergonomic, reliable when using, have simple maintenance, and provide an amount of torque that is “unbelievable.”

Dr. Flucke uses both Bien-Air and KaVo handpiece units in his practice.  

Bien-Air has a controller box that mounts on your dental unit that you can see and literally you can go in and select caries removal and it will actually dial down the handpiece and only puts it at a certain RPM. It allows you to be very selective in exactly what you’re doing,” Flucke says of his Bien-Air Handpiece unit, which, even with high torque, allows him to easily dial down for procedures such as caries removal.

“I haven’t had failures [with handpieces] like I used to have in the old days. These things run.”

Watch the product review with Drs. Flucke and Graham below:

Featured Products

Bien-Air contra-angles

The culmination of a long tradition of excellence, Bien-Air contra-angles boast a Soft Push push-button for easy bur release, DuaLook dual glass rod lighting and three Accu-Spray separate air/water sprays guaranteeing perfect nebulization. Their ideal ergonomic characteristics ensure an excellent grip while guaranteeing perfect handling. The latest developments in Bien-Air contra-angles incorporate a new shaft and gear system mounted on pre-stressed ball bearings. This offers vibration-free transmission and reduces energy loss. These new Bien-Air shaft and gear systems simultaneously provide outstanding smoothness and improved sensitivity.

KaVo COMFORTdrive 200 XDR

The COMFORTdrive 200 XDR is a precise performance high-speed handpiece that delivers exact cutting and smoother preparations for dental procedures. Lighter, shorter and quieter, the KaVo COMFORTdrive 200 XDR offers the perfect feel during dental procedures. This electric high-speed, light-weight handpiece’s unique patented design weighs approximately 40% less and is 15% shorter than market-leading high-speed electric handpiece options. The integrated motor reduces the distal length after the pivot point in the doctor’s hand allowing for an unprecedented degree of control.