Most dental equipment is designed to be durable and long-lasting, but it is also equipment that is in continuous use throughout the day in most dental offices. There is always the risk of the equipment being bumped or having dental tools dropped on the equipment, or even being hit by chairs and other rolling equipment such as imaging machines.
When these things happen, or as parts wear with use, repair services may be needed to keep dental equipment in top condition. Repair services can usually provide repairs on-site, without the need to remove the equipment. In most cases, explaining the issues with the equipment allows the repair service to know the dental equipment parts that are required to complete the repair.
Many of the system issues are easy to fix, and dental offices may choose to replace dental equipment parts such as fittings, valves, regulators, and saliva ejectors or high volume evacuators. Most of these repairs are easy to complete and require just basic tools, but it is essential to ensure the correct parts are ordered for the system.
Working on any dental equipment starts with disconnecting the power supply. This is a critical safety factor and should always be done as the first step. Before ordering any replacement dental equipment parts, check to make sure all routine maintenance is up to date on the equipment.
Clogged lines, filters that have not been changed, and issues with valves or fittings that are not moving freely, may mean the need for replacement parts, or they may just require cleaning. Check with the maintenance guide for the equipment for specific maintenance and cleaning procedures.
If you do need to order replacement parts, use the part number of the existing component. When this is not available, talk to the company and verify the part number before placing your order.
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