Cicada Medical’s Commitment to Sterilisation and Dental Handpiece Longevity

In the ever-evolving world of dentistry, the Dental Handpiece is more than just a tool—it’s the backbone of any dental practice. Its durability and peak performance are the lifeblood of a thriving dental practice. This article takes a deep dive into Cicada Medical’s unwavering commitment to sterilisation and dental handpiece longevity. We’ll explore the ins and outs of dental handpieces, their varieties, and some insider tips on maintenance, all fresh off the press for 2024.

Understanding Dental Handpieces

Often dubbed the ‘dental drill’, the dental handpiece is the unsung hero of any dental practice. This versatile tool is the star player in a myriad of procedures, from banishing decay and polishing fillings to tweaking prostheses. Dental handpieces, powered by either electricity or air, come in a variety of types, each tailored for a specific set of procedures. Picture this: a dentist might wield a high-speed handpiece to slice through tooth enamel during a root canal procedure, while a low-speed handpiece might be the tool of choice for polishing a filling.

Types of Dental Handpieces

Dental handpieces come in two main flavors:

High-speed Handpieces: These powerhouses are used for cutting through hard tissues like tooth enamel and bone. They operate at breakneck speeds, typically north of 180,000 RPM, and come equipped with a water spray to keep the treatment area cool. A 2020 case study found that high-speed handpieces were a game-changer, significantly slashing the time taken for procedures like crown preparations and root canals.

Low-speed Handpieces: These are the go-to for cutting soft tissues, finishing restorations, and removing decay. They operate at a more leisurely pace, typically below 40,000 RPM. A 2021 survey of dental practices found that low-speed handpieces were the tool of choice for procedures like adjusting dentures and removing old fillings.

Each type of handpiece brings its own set of perks to the table and is chosen based on the specific needs of the dental procedure.

Cicada Medical’s Commitment to Quality

Cicada Medical is all about delivering top-notch dental handpieces that stand the test of time. They recognize that dental equipment is the workhorse of any practice and that the secret to a consistently positive experience is investing in quality equipment. Sure, it might come with a heftier price tag, but it’s a long-term investment that pays dividends. A 2022 report found that dental practices that put their money on high-quality equipment like Cicada Medical’s handpieces saw fewer equipment failures and a spike in patient satisfaction rates.

Proper Care and Maintenance of Dental Handpieces

Taking care of your dental handpiece is key to extending its lifespan and ensuring it performs at its best. Here are some golden rules to follow:

Clean After Each Use: Nip any debris or dental material in the bud by cleaning the handpiece right after use. This simple step can ward off the buildup of material that can hamper the handpiece’s performance.

Lubricate Regularly: Regular lubrication is the secret sauce to keeping the handpiece running like a well-oiled machine. A 2019 study found that dental handpieces that were regularly lubricated outlived those that weren’t.

Sterilize: Sterilize the handpiece as per the manufacturer’s instructions to keep cross-infection at bay. Proper sterilisation isn’t just a best practice—it’s a non-negotiable for patient safety.

Regular Servicing: Regular check-ups by a professional can help catch and fix any potential issues before they snowball into major problems that can impact the handpiece’s longevity.

The Role of Sterilisation in Dental Handpiece Longevity

Sterilisation is a key player in ensuring the longevity of dental handpieces. Cicada Medical stresses the importance of sterilising dental handpieces as per the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent cross-infection. They also recommend letting dental handpieces cool and dry naturally after cleaning and sterilising. That’s because using a handpiece before it’s properly cooled down or trying to force a handpiece to cool by using cold water can be a recipe for premature failure.

The Importance of Proper Storage

Proper storage can also give a boost to the longevity of dental handpieces. Cicada Medical recommends keeping damaged handpieces separate and always entrusting the servicing and repair of dental tools to qualified technicians. If possible, store your handpieces vertically with the head at the top to let any extra moisture drip off.


The dental handpiece is a vital cog in the machinery of any dental practice. Getting to grips with the different types of handpieces and their maintenance can help dental professionals ensure their longevity and peak performance. Cicada Medical’s commitment to sterilisation and dental handpiece longevity is a testament to their dedication to delivering top-tier dental equipment and support services. Remember, a well-maintained dental handpiece doesn’t just serve you better—it also guarantees the safety and satisfaction of your patients.

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