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Why You Should Properly Maintain Your Dental Equipment


Your dental equipment is the lifeblood of your practice. Without the equipment, your dentists and assistants won’t be able to carry out their work to the best of their ability. This is why it is essential that you take steps to ensure that all your equipment is fit for purpose and properly maintained.

We recognize that investing in dental equipment represents a large investment, and the thought of spending more money on repairs and maintenance can often seem daunting. Especially if you are a new practice, it can be hard at certain times of the year to find money to finance the maintenance of the equipment that you have.

You will probably recognize that most pieces of your dental equipment contain many small parts that can become easily damaged if they are used constantly. Equipment that becomes faulty due to overuse presents a real danger when used on patients. This should be a reason in itself to properly maintain your equipment and carefully adhere and follow the equipment maintenance guidelines. In any form of business, it is far easier to prevent something from happening than firefighting to reduce the effects of something that has gone wrong.


To prevent against equipment failure, it is imperative that you review each piece of equipment by regularly checking the age of the piece, as well as checking its last service. Back in 1998, all pieces of dental equipment needed to have the seal of “CE” marked on the product. Products which contain the “CE” seal follow and adhere to all the safety guidelines and standards. This legislation has been very useful in reducing the usage of unsafe equipment, so please ensure all your equipment has this seal.

Follow Manufacturer Recommendations

When you carry out the servicing of your equipment, we would highly recommend that you carry out the recommendations laid out by the manufacturer to keep your equipment safe and functioning correctly. You as a practice have a duty of care to both patients and staff, and it could be considered that you are putting both parties in unnecessary danger if you do not follow the recommendations laid out by the manufacturer. It is important to note that if you fail to follow the guidelines of the manufacturer, you will most likely be invalidating your warranty, meaning that if the piece of equipment breaks, you will not be able to be sent a replacement and you will need to buy a new unit, which can often be very costly.

Take Care to Look After Your Hand Instruments

The vast majority of hand instruments don’t require a rigorous maintenance program, apart from carrying out regular cleaning. There comes a point when hand instruments become “blunt”, and you will then need to carry out maintenance on the piece to allow it to be safely used again. Sharp hand instruments are imperative to safe and quality treatment procedures. Therefore, we would recommend carrying out regular sharpening of the following tools:

  • Probes
  • Scalers
  • Chisels
  • Carvers
  • Excavators

Suction Equipment

As with other equipment, make sure you follow the guidance laid out by the manufacturers of the suction equipment. This will maximize the longevity of the suction equipment, which can often be expensive to replace. We would recommend a daily clean with a comprehensive weekly clean. The vast majority of manufacturers recommend that each piece of suction equipment is serviced yearly by a technician.

The Growing Complexity of Electrical Equipment

Each practice will likely make use of a wide range of electrical equipment. But, one thing we do know for a fact is that the complexity of electrical equipment is growing at an exponential rate. I believe that the dental unit is crucial to any practice, so to avoid catastrophe within the dental practice, it is important that you service this on a regular basis. This servicing should extend to other pieces of electrical equipment as well, including radiography machines and film processors.

Ensure Your Technicians are Properly Trained

If you have a Technician as part of your team, it is important to make sure that they know how to service each piece of equipment. A poor quality of service is as good as no service at all, as it’s essential that the Technician carefully and competently examines each piece of equipment, as faults can be difficult to detect. To prevent against any unnecessary damage to your equipment, you will want to ensure that all staff members know how to operate the equipment, and ensure they know how to report any damage or faulty equipment to the Technician. This ensures that any maintenance that needs to be carried out is done so as quickly as possible.

Don’t Service Handpieces Yourself

Handpieces are one of the most important pieces of equipment you will use. They contain many small and intricate components and they need to be regularly serviced and repaired only by qualified technicians. It is vitally important that you don’t service the handpiece yourself. You can of course clean the handpiece, as well as carry out lubrication and sterilization, but apart from that, leave the rest to a technician. If you require someone to carry out handpiece maintenance and repair, check out our handpiece repair service.

Why Choose GPS Dent for Your Handpiece Repairs?

We offer a lightening quick turnaround time that not many other companies can match. We appreciate that you as a practice can’t be without a handpiece for long, so this is why we try to get a turnaround of 24 hours. We also stock a full inventory of spare parts for the most common handpieces, which helps us realize this 24-hour turnaround time. We take pride in our repairs, because we offer a 3-6-month warranty on the repairs we carry out (depends on the repair). Feel free to get in touch with us, as we will be able to offer a no obligation quote for your handpiece repair. You can contact us at info@gpsdent.com or call us on 631-532-2720 for this purpose.