What Should You Know When You Choosing Dental Equipment

Among all of the dental tools and equipment that you will need in your dental office, there are a few select items that you simply cannot go without. Dental air compressors are essential for performing some of the most routine tasks in dentistry, and digital image equipment has become a staple of today’s offices. Additionally, you’ll need a place for your patients to sit, and you’d be wise to invest in portable dental chairs in case you move to a different location.

It’s easy to get flustered when searching for dental equipment for sale, so it never hurts to revert back to basics and focus on the tools that matter most to your success.

Dental compressors

Dental compressors  which require oil lubrication are consistently adding oil vapor to the stream of compressed air that is released.  Even if the compressor is top of the line, it is impossible for it to filter out all of the oil from the air. The vapor from the oil will eventually negatively impact dental instruments, components and tools as they become clogged and damaged over time. This can result in costly maintenance updates and repairs. Also, much like a vehicle, dental air compressors which use oil require routine oil changes as they steadily expel oil overtime. This can be time consuming to the dentist as oil levels must be checked on a regular basis. By selecting a model with an oil-free compressor, you can eliminate these problems and save both time and money over time.

Portable dental chairs
Many dentists purchase dozens of excellent chairs, use them for a couple of years, and then stress out when it’s time to switch locations. If your folding dental chairs are installed into the floors, you’ll basically need to spend one entire moving day learning how to relocate them. To avoid this, invest in portable dental chairs that won’t bust your budget.

Dental digital imaging equipment
If you’re a dentist in 2016, you already know that investing in the right kind of digital image equipment is half the battle. In dentistry, there are two types of digital imaging systems used in intraoral radiography: computed radiography (CR) and direct radiography (DR). These are then categorized into periapical and panoramic x ray machines. Furthermore, there are two sources of image noise used in digital imaging: statistical noise and structured noise. Due to the wide range of portable dental x rays unit capabilities, you should do some research of your own and rely on your education to figure out which machine is worth your investment.

Getting Clean, Hygienic Dental Compressed Air

Studies have shown that the air that your dentist uses to blow dry your teeth isn’t always very healthy for you. You might not have thought about it, but somewhere in your dentist clinic is a compressor that supplies the compressed air for all his ‘work stations’. It’s not different from an ordinary workshop, only this time the compressor needs some extra special attention.

In the old days, dentist had no other choice than to buy a oil-lubricated compressor and use filters in the compressed air line to filter out any oil in liquid or vapor form. But, with filters you can never be 100% sure. Filters will get old and require replacement in time, before they deteriorate.

Nowadays, a whole range of dental oil free air compressors is available on the market. Oil-free compressors have the big advantage that they are 100% oil-free, so there is zero chance of oil in the compressed air system. Why first contaminate the air, to clean it up again later with filters, when you can create clean compressed air with an oil-free compressor?

There is however one downside to oil-free compressors: corrosion. The oil in oil-lubricated compressors will create a protective film of oil inside the air receiver and air piping. But still, an oil-free compressor would be highly favorable over an oil-lubricated one. There are galvanized or stainless steel air receivers available nowadays, as well as plastic compressed air piping, which will eliminate the problem of corrosion.

Water in the compressed air is a common problem in compressed air system, and it is especially a big concern for dental air systems.

Of course, you won’t taste a little water in the compressed air, nor will it be toxic. But, water in the compressed air system will increase the risk of bacteria growth. So you really want to have water-free air coming from your compressor.

For this reason, a dental compressor should be equipped with an compressed air dryer. There are different types of air dryers available, mainly refrigerated and desiccant. But I would recommend the adsorption air dryer (also called desiccant compressed air dryer).

Refrigerated compressed air dryers will only give you a pressure dew point of minimum 2 degrees. This means that below two degrees, water condensate will form on the inside of your equipment. This kind of dewpoint is nice for tools and grinders in a workshop, but is not low enough for a dental compressor.

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