Just Ask the Expert: Can micro motors be used to debride teeth?
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Q: I bought a micro motor for polishing teeth. The supplier said that it can also be used for burring and sectioning teeth, but it does not have a water supply. Is this still possible, or should I return the unit?
My best advice would be to return the micro motor and instead purchase a compressed-air-driven dental unit (also know as a dental base). These types of units include a low-speed handpiece for polishing and a high-speed (water-cooled) handpiece for performing bone removal and sectioning of multi-rooted teeth. Compressed-air-driven dental units also have an air water syringe. And they can usually be rigged with a piezoelectric ultrasonic scaler.
For more information on equipment recommendations, please see a Dental Corner article Dr. Matthew Lemmons and I wrote titled "Properly equip your dental suite" (Veterinary Medicine, July 2007).
Daniel T. Carmichael, DVM, DAVDC
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