Dental Equipment Repair & Maintenance/ Importance Of Keeping Dental Equipment In Pristine
Dental professionals are there to provide services to the public in general and the patients in particular. As dentists and other dental professionals are essential to keep our oral hygiene healthy, similarly they need their dental equipment to perform their duties of maintaining our oral hygiene.
All the dental equipment you see in dental clinic is indispensable part of the dental profession. Equipment failure can affect the ability of a dentist or practice to continue to operate, impacting on both patients and revenue. It is therefore vital that dental equipment is maintained to the highest standards, achieving optimum operational efficiency with minimum downtime. Also medical equipment are often quite expensive, so keeping it well maintained and running well is a way to protect that investment and ensure it will last for a long time.
It is important to be observant. Note any equipment that exhibits unusual behavior such as loud or abnormal noises or an unusual appearance/discoloration. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, contact your dealer service technician. These skilled, professional technicians are specifically trained to install, troubleshoot, and repair your equipment. In many cases they have been factory trained by the manufacturer, so contact them with any issues outside of the basic care of your equipment.
Regular maintenance schedules make catastrophic equipment failure less likely. Small fixes can be made as they happen, rather than waiting until something breaks badly. This also saves medical facilities and healthcare teams from making expensive emergency maintenance calls after hours or during holidays, when technicians may not be readily available.
Each office should have an equipment “first aid” kit. It should contain items that are needed for routine self-maintenance. These include handpiece lube and cleaner; air compressor oil and intake valves; vacuum intake filters, line cleaner, traps and canisters; spare handpiece turbines, chucks, bur tools and cleaners; spare light bulbs for handpieces, curing lights and operatory lights; and spare O-rings and gaskets. Make sure to keep owner’s manuals for all equipment in a secure place, and consult them for manufacturer’s recommended maintenance. Equipment invoices should also be kept in case warranty issues arise.
Also to facilitate efficient instrument maintenance, practitioners should carefully consider any new equipment that they purchase and assess item’s quality. From June 1998, it was ruled that all medical devices must have a “CE” mark to show that the item has been manufactured to high standards, and that it complies with health and safety standards. This legislation was brought in with the express purpose of protecting the public and the user from inferior products that could fail.
Good maintenance of medical devices in the dental environment goes hand-in-hand with sound surgery protocols. This will ensure high standards of service for patients. Proper training is a must in order to ensure that dental professionals are aware of the correct working of equipment. They must also be alert to malfunction so that repairs can be carried out immediately.
Effective maintenance of equipment in a dental surgery or laboratory is essential to the smooth functioning of both. Without strict adherence to scrupulous maintenance procedures, practitioners run the risk of equipment breakdown and even complete failure, causing inconvenience to both staff and patients.