Another key item is the "3 way syringe"
, the 'ancillary tool' water / air device(s) part of the 'dental engine' (the appliance that all
the tools plug into). Not to be confused with something like a hypodermic needle
Right now there's one of these on Ebay for $30. This isnt the device that sucks the water out of your mouth. Instead it blows water or air, and the
middle setting sprays a mist. I could see it being rather easy to hook it into the tap water (or better) system of your house with nylon tubing and
compression fittings for easy removal, but the air part could be the catch.
Harbor Freight has oiless airbrush air compressors
for $60 new:
Looking at a $2,200 all in one (includes the drill) compressor unit, it uses an oiless compressor. Below I'll show you how to get the same
functionality for about $250.
In fact looking at another item in the same Ebay store, a "Dental Turbine Unit
is what you would normally hook the 3 Way Syringe into. It's
designed to hook to a compressor, not an air bottle. For $80 it comes with the 3 Way Syringe, all the valving and tubing, and a water bottle that you
can fill with good RO water, negating the need to hook into the water system. I'd post the link but it will go down too soon for history.
That particular ad has $19 shipping.
The store also has some ultrasonic Scalers in the $140-170 price range, Handpieces at $46, and 50 bit "Bur" tip ('Dremel' bits) lots at $23,
with free shipping.
Everyday Dremel tips are like $3-4 a piece, although you can get some good ones for real cheap at Harbor Freight.
The Dental Turbine has the fitting to hook the Handpiece (drill) to if you wanted to go all out. For a minute I thought the extra line might be for
the suction device, but since it isnt I'm pretty sure now the water bottle is the water supply and not the suction dump.
So you could just get the 3 Way Syringe and to be cheap, and do a bunch of rigging, but I dont think there'd be much point without the air
compressor. And considering the hassle the Turbine clears up I think it'd be worth the bucks.
Since the Turbine includes the 3Way, that and the compressor could be had for a little over $150, especially if you shop around.
It also has
the hookups for the drill, so for another $69 you could have a drill and 50 bits. But if you want to go the drill route you still have to look into
the UV epoxy and curing unit, so thats another story. But the Turbine setup would be instrumental in any DIY dentistry.
I'm still working on the suction device. If I could just find the actual part that hangs in your mouth, I suspect a fish tank pump of the right
arrangement could do the sucking. And I'm guessing that the mouthpiece part shouldnt be very much at all, I just havent found the right ad yet.
[edit on 31-8-2009 by IgnoranceIsntBlisss]