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The benefits of an electric alternative
Considering the electric option when choosing the all-important tools of your trade is now a pre-requisite for making an informed decision.
Electrically driven instruments are well-known for their flexible functionality and for the vastly reduced noise levels, maximising comfort for the clinician as well as minimising the discomfort for the patient providing a smooth and more precise cutting action that is generally considered to be the superior to that provided in an air rotor.
However even with these distinct advantage’s practitioners have, in the past, been reluctant to try an electric alternative as there has been a perception that the micromotors are heavy and that the size of the handpiece is larger in comparison to air driven instruments.
However, technological advances have made these objections untenable and NSK has developed micromotors and handpieces that are lighter, smaller and perfectly balanced, designed to decrease operator fatigue and to maximise visibility of the clinical area.
Electric micromotors themselves are durable and fully autoclavable and brushless version have the benefit of eliminating the need for carbon brush replacement.
Flexibility and control
Electrically driven instruments operate using a simple electricity supply to power and electric motor through a control unit which controls the rpm. Operating at a speed range of between 20 rpm and up to 200,000 rpm, depending on the specific contra-angle gear ratio used, electrically driven handpieces offer the clinician seamless control of power and torque across a range of speeds suitable for a variety of clinical applications.
Integration with your existing set-up
Electric micro-motors can be fully integrated in the delivery system of most dental treatment chairs and controlling the specific speed and torque of the micromotor within you existing platform is easier thanks to the development of built-in control pads.
One of the most recognised features of electrically driven handpieces is the fact that they are significantly quieter than their traditional air-driven counterparts and patients experience less vibration. Patient fear of the noise and sensation emitted from the dentists’ ‘drill’ is often cited as one of the major reasons for non-attendance and dental phobia, so equipment that contributes to reducing these factors is a welcome addition to the surgery.
Spray air contributes significantly to spray mist in dental instruments. Contra-angles produce much less compared to air turbines and by switching off the spray air this instruments generates even less aerosol. This means the associated risks are reduced considerably.
NSK has invented the spray switch for handpieces. No other handpiece brand offers this convenient and effective feature. Turning off spray air couldn’t be easier – just simply twist the switch.