Dental Chair Service & Maintenance
Dental chair is one of the most expensive equipment in a dental practice.
There is no doubt that careful maintenance and regular service is imperative in order to make the full use out of your dental chair. Having routinely maintained dental chair and well-trained staff is the key to managing a dental chair.
What is a typical lifespan of a dental chair?
With regular service and maintenance, dental chairs can last up to 15 years and more. The actual service life of a dental chair is also influenced by the environment, extent of use, cleaning and maintenance frequency, preventative maintenance of normal service "wear and tear" components.
Busy practices tend to see shorter equipment lifespans as these dental chairs are more heavily used.
How can I maximize the lifespan of my dental chair?
Extending the lifespan of a dental chair requires meticulous care and regular maintenance, conducted by experienced service engineers. Making sure that routine maintenance services are completed on the dental chair can help you make the most out of your chair investment.
Training staff on how to properly use and maintain equipment can also reduce the likelihood of damage and high-cost repair.
What will MES do for a dental chair maintenance service?
Our service engineers bring along a maintenance and service kit to perform preventative maintenance check.
What should I do regularly to do proper maintenance for a dental chair?
We have included some of the examples how you can maintain your dental chair on a regular basis.
- Regular flushing through hand pieces and air/water syringes
- Lubricate dental chair parts
- Disinfecting after each patient
- Run suction cleaner
- Clean out delivery unit traps
- Drain and wipe out ultrasonic cleaner
- Change traps on the delivery units
- Check and replace O-rings on handpiece couplers
- Check and replace gaskets on handpiece
- Clean and replace plaster trap
- Clean model trimmer
- Clean the panoramic/cephalic cassettes and intensifying screen
- Check nitrous oxide systems and emergency oxygen units to ensure that they are working properly and do not need to be replaced or repaired
- Check, clean or replace master trap
Should I repair my dental chair or replace it?
There are a few considerations to make before replacing a dental chair:
Review the chair's age and reliability over the past year, taking in consideration how old the chair is. If it is more than 10 years old, and has been failing repeatedly, reconditioning the chair may not be worth the money and effort. Eventually you may still need to replace the chair after getting it reconditioned.
Is there any remaining warranty coverage? If so, it may be worthwhile to have the chair repaired.
Evaluate the amount of lost revenue due to equipment downtime. Have you been seeing more and more disgruntled customers lately? Is the chair's productivity declining? It may be expensive to replace a dental chair, but it may cost even more to repeatedly incur repair expenses. Having downtime is also losing revenue and losing trust in your customers.
Have an honest discussion with a trusted and experienced service engineer. Our engineers at MES is able to provide professional and most cost-effective advice for you when weighing out the costs of continual repairs compared to purchasing a new dental chair.