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01 May 2008 | Australasian Dental Practice

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W&H continues to be leading light in handpieces

Leading handpiece manufacturer, W&H has released yet another first with its 'self-generating' LED surgical handpieces, seen for the first time by many at ADX.


The new surgical handpieces are a breakthrough design which provides powerful white light in the oral cavity using a patented LED design.

The new SI-11 LED G and WI-75 LED G handpieces use an in-built generator driven by the handpiece gearbox and powered by any E-fitting air or electric micro motor.

W&H Asia Pacific Area Manager, Martin Rolfe, said the surgical handpiece retained a lightweight and compact size and feel, but gave far superior lighting output.

"The LED design gives a much greater, daylight colour light source, while the nature of LED's means they run cool and last many times longer than a conventional bulb," he said. "Light emitting diodes (LED) are the future for illuminating the operation site during treatment. Halogen bulbs in dental instruments are a thing of the past because of the inferior yellowish light produced and short lifespan of halogen bulbs."

W&H set a world first in 2007 with the launch of the new Synea HS range of highspeed turbines featuring LED lighting.

The heavy-duty LED surgical handpieces are the latest addition to the W&H range, being specially designed for surgical burs and cutters used in oral surgery and implantology applications.

"Because the unit has self generating light, it can be operated on a standard air or electric micro motor which makes it easy to operate from a range of surgical consoles or to integrate onto existing dental units," Mr Rolfe said.

The entire W&H Synea range has recently been revamped, with new lightweight and strong materials and an improved grip design and finish which was finding favour with doctors.

"We are finding more dentists and oral surgeons are switching to W&H for the superior precision and reliability these units offer over their working life. Many find the W&H handpieces much quieter and easier to work with than older designs which helps reduce fatigue and reduce patient anxiety during treatment."

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