Tools of the trade: KaVo Electrotorque TLC Motor


40162-electrotorquetlc_6by Dr Mark Miller, Dental As Anything, Helensvale, QLD

I’ve been using air-driven handpieces for all of my 27-year career. When I finally moved over to this electric-driven handpiece, I was immediately sold. It is much lighter but has very high torque.

What’s good about it

When working with an air-driven handpiece, the torque drops off if you encounter harder material. It degrades with heavier work and the speed reduces.

This handpiece is beautiful to work with. It’s quick, smooth and there are no vibrations. It’s so powerful and has such high torque that there is no change in speed, no matter what you are cutting. It’s also much quieter which is something you appreciate when you have been doing this for a while. Overall, it’s a perfect combination of all the things I look for in a handpiece/motor combination.

I only use it for high-speed work, such as crown preparations, removal of amalgam fillings, and the removal of old crowns. Having enough torque to cut through anything and not stop is fantastic.

The KaVo dental unit I own is a slightly older model so I had to retrofit the KaVo electric torque motor. It’s quite small and just tucks away underneath the tray.

I would never go back to an air-driven handpiece—it would be like changing from a V8 to a Barina. I’m kicking myself because I didn’t make the change earlier.

What’s not so good

The only reason why it took me so long to switch over to this handpiece is that it’s cost prohibitive. However, once you bite the bullet and pay the money, the handpiece is great. It can do anything.

Where did you get it

Henry Schein Halas

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