General Family Dentist | Milwaukie, Oak Grove, Gladstone, Happy Valley and Portland, OR

Kevin H. Speer, D.D.S.
2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Milwaukie, OR 97267
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What Tools Does My Dentist Use?

Set of Dental Tools

Your dentist uses a unique selection of tools specific to their specialty to help treat your oral health concerns. The curious may want to know what they all are and what they’re for, while those who have dental phobia may be more secure knowing whether they’ll be used on them. Either way, the tools used by your dentist can be fascinating, and they’re usually more than happy to explain what they all do. The next time you go to your dentist’s office, see if you recognize any of the following.

Intraoral Camera

The intraoral camera is one of the most generally useful tools in your dentist’s toolkit. Using a camera and light at the end of a rod while being connected to a video display lets them know exactly what’s going on with your teeth with an unobstructed view. As a bonus, the view screen is visible to both the patient and the doctor, making it possible for them to explain everything to you clearly. No more does your dentist have to fool around with a mirror and penlight in an attempt to get the best view!


This tool is a special form of laser that is used to identify issues with oral health. It’s exceptionally good at identifying small cavities that are forming so that they can be treated before they become large enough to be a serious issue. Its precision and high-accuracy make it an essential tool in preventative dentistry.


One of the least comfortable parts of a long dental procedure can be keeping your mouth open throughout it. A combination device was invented to help keep the patient’s mouth open during the duration of the procedure, as well as providing a source of light that frees up one of the doctor’s hands. It fits a bit like an adjustable mouthguard that has an interior ring of lights that helps the dentist see while he’s working.

Saliva Ejector

One of the challenges your dentist will face during the procedure is needing to clear out the saliva that will build up around the treatment site. The saliva ejector serves to suction away the build-up so that the area will remain clear for the dentist to work. This makes it possible for the dentist to easily see the area and complete their treatment without having to fight through the fluid there. The alternative is dry cotton swabs that are quite uncomfortable.

If you want to know more about the bevy of tools your dentist uses to keep your mouth in tip-top shape, feel free to call our offices! Oak Grove Dental Center loves speaking with its patients and educating them on the tools and procedures they use to provide excellent dental care. Dr. Kevin H Speer works closely with his team of dental professionals to provide preventative dentistry, restorative care, and orthodontic treatments that provide perfect smiles for years to come. Call today and schedule an appointment to learn more about your dental care and start your path to a future with a bright smile.

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