The Importance of Clean Compressed Air in Dental Practice

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Functioning behind the scenes, the dental air compressor is vital to patient care. However, its significance often remains underestimated until it faces a malfunction or requires maintenance.

Dental compressors are custom designed to produce dry air and free of contaminants. What happens if the drying mechanism fails? Moisture will begin to accumulate within the compressor’s storage tank, and the stagnant water becomes a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms and biofilm. This contamination poses a serious risk, potentially compromising dental restorations.

In addition, the buildup of moisture can lead to another undesirable outcome – the infiltration of damp air into handpieces, milling systems, prophy jet systems, lasers, etc. This intrusion often results in equipment failure, a predicament exacerbated by the fact that manufacturers will exclude such damage from warranty coverage.

It is crucial to recognize that not all dental compressors operate alike. Have you ever wondered why compressors make loud hissing sounds throughout the day? That loud noise signifies a purge duty cycle, during which the compressor employs stored air to dry the desiccant beads inside the storage chamber.

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Desiccant beads will begin to deteriorate inside the storage chamber and should be replaced based on the manufacturers’ specifications.

In 2009, Air Techniques revolutionized the landscape of dental drying systems with the introduction of a membrane drying system for all AirStar compressors. Unlike traditional desiccant chambers, the system boasts a 100% duty cycle, effectively eliminating moisture from the air without the disruptive and loud purge cycle. Composed of microtubes permeable to water vapor, the membrane ensures consistent performance, reducing maintenance hassles and enhancing overall efficiency.

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In conclusion, maintaining clean compressed air is not merely a matter of equipment upkeep – it’s a fundamental aspect of ensuring the safety, efficacy, and integrity of dental practice. By prioritizing regular maintenance, adopting advanced drying technologies, and staying vigilant, dental professionals can uphold the highest standards of patient care and practice excellence.

If you answer yes to one or multiple questions below, please reach out to your dental service provider and the local Air Techniques representative.

  • Do you detect a mildew odor when using the air and water syringe?
  • Is your compressor running continuously?
  • Are high-speed and low-speed handpieces experiencing premature breakdowns?
  • Does the compressor require an oil change?

Shaun Taylor, Director of Special Markets at Air Techniques, 516 780 1374
Shaun Taylor

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