An electric handpiece, also known as a dental drill, is a cutting tool that we use in dental restorations. Most dentists have air-driven handpieces which do not allow for the same high-speed applications. This tool allows Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS to cut the tooth structure and can be used when finishing restorations while also allowing Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS a range of applications when performing a variety of endodontics, including: root canal therapy, preparing bone for dental implants, and in the removal of decay or caries along with prophylaxis.
The abilities that come with electric handpieces sets our office apart. In fact, as a nation, only 20% of dental practices use an electric handpiece when restoring a patient’s teeth. The benefits that come from electric versus the standard air handpieces can be the difference in being afraid of the dentist and not.
Comparing Speed and Torque
Comparing the air-driven handpiece, or drill, to the electric handpiece can be complicated, this is due to comparing the speed and torque. Air-driven high-speed handpieces work between 250,000 and 420,000 rpm with a low torque, compared to the electric handpiece that runs between 200,000 rpm with high torque. Though the speed of the air-driven handpieces is much faster than the electric handpieces when the drill comes into contact with the tooth material that needs to be cut, the speed of the air-driven handpiece will drop by as much as 40% or more due to the resistance. This means that the air pressure is insufficient to maintain speed. An electric handpiece will provide our patients with a smooth and constant torque. It will not vary when it comes in contact with resistance. This means that the removal of crowns, bridges, and other restorations will be much easier and less jarring for the patient.
The dentist's drill does not evoke positive feelings in patients. This is often due to the sound and pressure that is applied. With the electric handpiece, these concerns can be laid to rest, as the electric handpiece is quieter with less jarring movements because it does not react to resistance, additionally, the chance of air embolism at the surgical site is eliminated. The air-driven handpiece has been known to get bogged down, and even stall, during the cutting process. Ronald Watkins, DDS, MS has removed these problems, increasing your comfort while having restoration work done.
Our team at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona would love to show you the difference an electric drill or handpiece can make. For more information on restorative work, including the placement of a dental implant, contact our front office at Implant and Periodontal Wellness Center of Arizona, (480) 504-0506.
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