Purchasing A Handpiece – What You Need To Consider

Purchasing A Handpiece – What You Need To Consider

Purchasing A Handpiece – What You Need To Consider

Choosing a new handpiece can be a laborious task – after all, you need to make sure that it suits your clinical and personal needs and preferences before you commit to making the purchase. Here are some key areas to consider to ensure your handpiece ticks all the boxes: 

Air system versus electric system 

Both systems have their pros and cons. One of the biggest advantages of an air-driven handpiece is the weight. Compared to electric systems, they are typically considered to be smaller, lighter and easier to handle, which can help to reduce fatigue. The initial purchase price and ongoing maintenance costs are generally lower with air systems, though the noise and level of vibration tend to be greater than electric handpieces. 

Despite size and price, electric handpieces have grown in popularity in recent years due to the system’s ability to maintain a fixed and constant speed regardless of the load. Together with less vibration this affords improved stabilisation, which in turn can assist with precision and increase efficiency.  Electric handpieces also create less aerosol.

A Handpiece to meet your day to day needs

If you are looking for a handpiece specifically designed to manage the hardest new materials used in dentistry today including zirconia, look no further than the W&H Power Edition. Cutting efficiency is maximised by the optimum ratio of torque and speed, making it the optimal solution for advanced ceramic material like zirconia. Its superior cooling capabilities allow a flow rate of over 50ml/min – more than triple the normal spray rate – ensuring greater safety and improved durability. 

Innovation in one area of technology often requires other technologies to advance rapidly to keep up. As long as material sciences continue to develop to deliver greater restoration robustness, innovation in handpieces designed to support new clinical needs will undoubtedly also grow.


If daylight quality illumination is high up on your wish list choose handpieces from W&H with an integrated LED light source that can directly illuminate the treatment site providing improved vision during use. Not all handpieces are designed with this function, so only look at those which meet your requirements. 


Even the top quality, robust handpieces breakdown or require service, so finding a manufacturer that offers a first class repair service and technical support is crucial. To make sure you’re getting the best deal and won’t be caught out down the line ask questions like: what is the turnaround time on repairs? What packages do you offer? What replacement component parts do you use? You’ll thank yourself for it later! 

The manufacturer 

Choosing a reliable company with a history of first class customer service and innovation is also integral, and can make all the difference to your purchasing experience. Don’t be tempted by cheap copies, which can be purchased online. Often quality is an issue and it is not worth staking a professional reputation on lesser products. Remember, you get the handpiece you pay for. Handpieces sold on the internet may well not hold an official CE mark even if they show the marking on the product and therefore have not been tested fit for use. With over 125 years’ experience, W&H is dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and distributing state-of-the-art handpieces using the latest technology and techniques. The leading manufacturer offers a range of turbines, and straight and contra-angle handpieces along with a complete selection of compatible accessories to meet all your clinical needs. Together with unrivalled support and the flexibility of a product demonstration in your practice, you are sure to find the perfect handpiece.