Bien-Air USA is donating 388 electric handpiece units and 362 additional motors to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. The $2.3 million worth of gear will be used to treat patients in the school’s clinics. In recognition of the gift, the Patient Admitting and Emergency Services (PAES) clinic will be renamed the Bien-Air PAES Clinic.
The installation of the new equipment, expected to take place this fall, is part of the school’s Blue Renew, which is now in the second year of a four-year timeline. The project includes updates to clinics throughout the school with new operatories, dental chairs, and oral health technologies.
The handpieces offer several advantages, the school said, including a smaller and lighter size, increased power and speed control, and reduced noise and vibration.
“We are extremely grateful to receive this generous gift from Bien-Air. These handpieces are at the leading edge of precision, performance, and patient safety and will advance our critical mission in education and patient care,” said School of Dentistry dean Laurie McCauley.
“Dental handpieces are central to the delivery of dental care, and this equipment will assure that we have the advanced technology to optimally train our students and provide improved care for patients. We are thrilled to partner with Bien-Air in this vital work,” McCauley said.
The agreement with Bien-Air was developed over the past two years by Ashton Justice, associate director, corporate and foundation relations, for the University of Michigan.
“We are honored to partner with the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in providing the latest equipment and technology for the training of future dentists,” said Marla Mattinson, director of academic affairs for Bien-Air.