Air Driven vs. Electrical Handpieces

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The handpiece is one of the most commonly used dental instrument in practice today. With many applications in endodontics, general dentistry, and implantology, having a comfortable handpiece that works well is essential. In many countries the high speed, air-driven turbine is the most popular option, because the system is much cheaper than an electric handpiece and it is easy to service. However, the electrical handpiece is rapidly gaining popularity and is used beside a turbine more frequently in Europe and Asia.

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Why should dentists use electric handpieces?

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Electric handpiece systems (electric handpieces) consist of a control unit, cord, micromotor and various attachment or handpiece options. Many systems easily connect to existing dental units. Systems require between 110 and 230 VAC, connect to the dental unit turbine tube with compressed air (40-60 psi) and use the existing dental unit foot control. It works by depressing the foot control, which activates the micromotor to produce the electric energy required to rotate the bur.

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