You're only as good as your tools

Posted on 03 June 2016

Most people have heard of the saying ‘you’re only as good as your tools’, and this is certainly true when it comes to the choice of dental equipment, in particular the choice of a dental handpiece or turbine. While clinicians, particularly associate dentists, often choose to ‘make do’ with what they are given to use, the truth is that using a handpiece that is noisy, heavy or poor quality could have a significant impact on clinical outcomes and even the long-term well-being of the dentist. A recent study published in the International Journal of Contemporary Dentistry showed that 86.4 per cent of the surveyed dentists had some level of RSI and that the use of ergonomically designed instruments significantly helps reduce musculoskeletal disorders that can develop over time. In extreme cases RSI can lead to reduced working capacity and even early retirement, which might seem a long way off for an associate dentist in their 30s, but could be a significant reality by the time they hit 40!

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Given that there are a variety of handpieces that can be used for differing procedures, it’s important to make sure that you choose the right type of instrument to meet your individual needs and the type of dentistry you are delivering.

Today’s handpieces have evolved well beyond their predecessors. High-speed electric handpieces can run at 200,000 rpm, while high-speed air-driven devices function at up to 400,000 rpm and usually operate within 180,000 rpm to 330,000 rpm. Power and torque have improved too. For instance, most handpieces launched today have over 20W power, which was unheard of 10 years ago. Other improvements include smaller head sizes for better visibility and access, integrated LED lighting and ergonomic design improvements, making handpieces lighter and less tiring for the dentist to hold.

Handpieces, both air-driven and electric, can cost between £300 and £1,300 and dentists are sometimes concerned about the cost of replacing them, seeking to find a ‘bargain’ on the Internet. But this could lead to the risk of being sold counterfeit products that can potentially fail during use, with the risk of injury to the patient and user. However, there’s now no reason for any dentist not to use the best handpiece available to them, as manufacturers such as NSK UK now offer handpiece rental, which provides the opportunity to use the latest equipment for a fixed monthly fee.

Handpiece rental
NSK’s Rental scheme offers clinicians the opportunity to use the very latest equipment without the need to outlay a capital sum, and provides total transparency and predictability of the running costs. The fixed monthly fee includes all servicing and even accidental damager cover. By taking advantage of NSK Rental, clinicians can use a brand new state-of-the art turbine from as little as £21.56 + VAT per month*.

Dr George Stramotas BDS (Rand) of Blythe Road Dental Practice, London comments, “I have recently rented an NSK Ti-Max Z45L 1:4.2 speed increasing contraangle with a 45° head. This handpiece really complements my rented Ti-Max Z95L and is very useful where space is tight, as it delivers outstanding accessibility and superior visibility for hard-to-reach molars. Would I have outlaid the £1,200 to buy this contra-angle? Probably not, but as I can have all its benefits in dally practice for less that £50 per month on rental it is a very easy decision, and one that delivers great benefits to my patients and the practice.

Renting equipment from NSK makes complete sense. I can utilise the very latest handpiece with the peace of mind that it comes from a highly reliable source, with breakdown and service cover built in.”

For more information on the NSK product range and Rental Scheme, contact NSK on 0800 6341909 or your preferred
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†Business use only, subject to status.
Rental is arranged through NSK’s finance partners Snowbird Finance Ltd.
* Rental may vary depending on product(s) selected

Your questions about NSK's Rental scheme answered:

1. Can an Associate rent handpieces from NSK?

Yes they can. It is vitalthat any dentist uses the ergonomically efficient equipment available, and renting good quality handpieces from NSK is one way to achieve this.

2. Does the cost of rental include servicing and repair?

Yes it does. Equipment rented from NSK comes with a three-year service agreement including all repair, maintenance, parts and labour costs plus accidental damage cover; there are no hidden charges. The only thing NSK stipulates is that if you rent
a rotary instrument you have access to an NSK approved care and maintenance unit such as the NSK Care3 Plus, W&HAssistina 301 Plus or KaVo QUATTROcare.

3. Is NSK Rental only for handpieces?

No. NSK has an extensive range of quality dental equipment available for rent, from turbines and contraangles to autoclaves and airpolishers.

4. Is rental equipment brand new? 

Yes. Contact NSK and it will organise your rental in co-operation with your chosen dealer.

5. Can I rent a range of equipment with just one rental agreement?

Yes you can. Just choose the equipment you require and it will be supplied on one easy to manage rental agreement.