Want to save a little bit on your repair costs? Replacing your own turbines is a great way in achieving this. However, before you fully dive in, make sure you listen closely. Many people jump into thinking doing their own turbine replacement is easy, but there is actually a lot more to in than one may think.
Does it Really Save me Money? The main reason that dentist replace their own turbines is to save money. I have had people tell me before, “I just do it for fun”; That is hard to believe that you would want to fit this into your tight schedule, but hey, whatever floats your boat. Anyways, replacing your own turbines does not necessarily save you money. The most common repair in high speed dental handpieces is that their bearings break. Replacing an entire turbine when a bearing breaks can be a little extreme, and a little more expensive. If you can get your turbines for less than $100, then yes; most companies charge $100 to replace the bearings on the handpiece. If you pay more than $100 for a turbine you will actually be losing money. You’re paying more to replace the turbine than it costs to fix the bearings. One way to check if the turbine needs replaced is if it will not hold a bur. If your bur is slipping out, it may be time to change your turbine.
Things to Watch out for- Changing handpiece turbines can actually be much more complicated than it seems. It may be a pain to successfully remove the o-rings from the head and back cap; also, make sure you know all the accessories the turbine uses, as some handpieces require washers, press plates, shims, and other things to make them work right. O-Rings need replaced every time you replace the turbine, and unless you have a Star or a Impact Air, They can be very hard to get out.
When you finally remove and install new o-rings, make sure the washers and shims (if required) are set into place inside the head and back cap. If they aren’t you can bend them and ruin them, and your handpiece will not run right without them.
Don’t use Bare Hands- This may sound strange, but it is true. The oils on your skin can cause the handpiece turbine (mainly the bearings) to fail much sooner than they actually should. Make sure to put gloves on, and work very slowly with the new turbine.
Personally, I think that replacing turbines yourself can be much harder than you have time for. What do you think?
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