INS TAN T EXAM CODE 15157
Publication date: Dec. 2010
Review date: Nov. 2013
Review date: Mar. 2017
Expiration date: Apr. 2020
3 CE credits
This course was
written for dentists,
Anatomy of a Handpiece:
Maintenance and Repairs
A Peer-Reviewed Publication
Written by Glenn Williams, BS
Glenn Williams, BS
Glenn Williams is a twenty-fve year veteran of the dental industry, specializing in handpieces since 1987. From 1987-1994, Glenn worked for a
major handpiece manufacturer. He has owned and operated a successful
handpiece repair service in Northern California since 1994. Glenn was
one of the founding members, and is President, of the National Dental
Handpiece Repair Association. The NDHRA is an association of other
dedicated independent handpiece professionals who desire to better
serve the dental profession through advancing the handpiece repair
industry by establishing and maintaining high standards of service.
Glenn Williamss, BS owns and operates an independent repair service
and is the President of the National Dental Handpiece Repair Association
At the conclusion of this educational activity,
participants will be able to:
1. List and describe the major
components of air-driven high-speed
handpieces and electric handpieces
2. List and describe the main diferences
between air-driven high-speed
handpieces and electric handpieces
3. List and describe the signs of failure for
air-driven and electric handpieces
4. List and describe the maintenance
steps for air-driven handpieces
5. List and describe the options for repair/
rebuild of air-driven handpieces and
considerations in selecting one.
Today’s clinician is extremely dependent on the handpiece
to sustain a smooth-running practice. The handpiece is
an incredibly sophisticated device that requires a diligent
maintenance protocol to keep it running properly and
safely. Routine, repeated heat sterilization has the most
adverse efect on the dental handpiece. Perhaps due to this
dependency on handpieces, combined with the damage
resulting from repeated routine sterilization and the need
for consistent maintenance, the handpiece has earned
an undeserved reputation for excessive breakdowns. The
dental team can keep handpieces functioning smoothly
longer, and maximize the return on the signifcant
investment the dentist has made in handpiece technology,
through appropriate maintenance procedures. Careful
selection from repair options is also required.
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This educational activity has been made possible through an unrestricted grant from Handpiece Express.
This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, from novice to skilled.
Educational Methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.
Provider Disclosure: Penn Well does not have a leadership position or a commercial interest in any products or
services discussed or shared in this educational activity nor with the commercial supporter. No manufacturer or
third party has had any input into the development of course content.
Requirements for Successful Completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity you must pay the
required fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation and obtain a score of at least 70%.
CE Planner Disclosure: Heather Hodges, CE Coordinator does not have a leadership or commercial interest with
products or services discussed in this educational activity. Heather can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Educational Disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information
to result in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many
educational courses and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.
Image Authenticity Statement: The images in this educational activity have not been altered.
Scientific Integrity Statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and
represents the most current information available from evidence based dentistry.
Known Benefits and Limitations of the Data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from
the data and information contained in reference section. The research data is extensive and provides direct benefit to the
patient and improvements in oral health.
Registration: The cost of this CE course is $59.00 for 3 CE credits.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund
by contacting Penn Well in writing.
PennWell designates this activity for 3 continuing educational credits.
Dental Board of California: Provider 4527, course registration number CA# 03-4527-15157
“This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”
The PennWell Corporation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the
Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this
program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership
maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of
dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from (11/1/2015) to
(10/31/2019) Provider ID# 320452.