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A dental drill, also referred to as a dental handpiece, is used for the drilling of teeth during a dental visit. Medical professionals use dental drills to prepare teeth for fillings due to cavities and other oral health issues. These include cosmetic dentistry, removing decay, polishing teeth, and altering prostheses. Some procedures may also require a twist drill dental attachment. Installing dental implants is another common procedure that requires the proper dental implant drill speed and medical training.

Types of Dental Drills

The two most common types of dental drills are electric and turbine powered. These high-tech and efficient medical tools are much safer, effective, and painless than the antique foot powered dental drills used centuries ago.

The first electric dental drill 1875 revolutionized the way dental medicine was performed. Since then, the design has changed significantly, but the purpose is the same. Electric dental drills, also referred to as increasing-speed drills, are powered by a micromotor. Inside this type of dental drill you’ll find gears that control a friction grip burr (or head) and rotate at a consistent and constant speed. The head of an electric drill is heavier than the arm, making it slightly top-heavy. Most portable dental drill units are also electric.

A turbine-powered dental drill is much more powerful than an electric one and uses compressed air to rotate the drill head. Turbine drills are considered highspeed and rotate at over 180,000 rpm. This type of dental drill usually contains built-in water jets to keep the turbines cool as they create heat and friction while rotating. Turbine-powered dental drills distribute weight evenly and are, therefore, more comfortable to use, making them a popular choice among dental professionals.

Choosing the Right Dental Drill for the Job

There are several factors to consider when choosing dental drills from the size and power to their use and, of course, dental drill machine price. The price of dental drills varies significantly based on the brand. Both Versa dental drills and Marathon dental drills are reasonably priced and are available as portable units. Most portable dental drill units are under $100, with turbine-powered drills costing slightly more than electric ones.

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