Dr. Bri Torgerson

Dr. Bri Torgerson

Hi! I’m Dr. Bri Torgerson. I’m a General Dentist and I’ve had a long journey to dental school, through dental school, and life after dental school.

I graduated from undergrad at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2014 and dental school at The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in 2020.

I love my Faith, traveling, baking, cooking, volunteering, coffee, and being with my family including my basset hound, Wilbur.

My favorite teams are the Minnesota Vikings, the St. Louis Blues, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

A career goal I have is to do a mission trip once and year. One of my life goals, outside of my career, is to visit every National Park in the United States.

not sure what to do with your dental career

Not Sure What To Do With Your Career in Dentistry? So, Now What?

 By: Dr. Bri Torgerson I’m Dr. Bri Torgerson and I am a General Dentist working in Saint…

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So You’ve Been Waitlisted, Now What?

“The reality is, that not everyone will get into dental school, some will be waitlisted,but that doesn’t…

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Common Dental Myth: Charcoal Toothpaste

By: Dr. Bri Torgerson Hi there! My name is Dr. Bri Torgerson and I am a General…

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Dental Admission Test (DAT): Tips to Prepare

By: Dr. Bri Torgerson Hi friends! My name is Dr. Bri Torgerson and I am a General…

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You Want to Apply to Dental School, Now What?

By: Dr. Bri Torgerson Hi! I’m Dr. Bri Torgerson and this month, I wanted to touch base…

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Tips When Looking for a Dental Associate Position

By: Dr. Bri Torgerson Navigating associate positions can be intimidating. If you’re like me, you can be confused…

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Dental School Graduate: Now What!?

By: Dr. Bri Torgerson So, you’ve just graduated from dental school, now what? First, of all, congratulations,…

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So You Want to Be a Dentist, Now What!?

By: Dr. Bri Torgerson Last month, I introduced my untraditional path into Dentistry with you and this…

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My Untraditional, Chaotic, and Beautifully Unique, Unpaved Path into Dentistry

By: Dr. Bri Torgerson A smile is so underrated, yet so widely sought after. The international language…

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Dentists: Why Should You Load Test the TMJs?

By Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS | February 23, 2024

By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDSClinical Director, The Dawson AcademyThe Article Originally Appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com Properly loading the joints tells you several things about the root cause of some patients’ problems. This will also determine how functionally stable the patient is. Let’s start with the first item. 1. Indicate if the Joint is Healthy You’re going to…

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The Secrets to Success: Advice from Dental Assistant Ronda Holman

By Ronda Holman | February 19, 2024

Interviewer: Tanya Sue Maestas, DDSInterviewee: Ronda HolmanEdited By: Candy Velez – CRDH, BSDH In this interview, dental assistant Ronda Holman shares invaluable insights on the often-overlooked power of patience and communication in the dental office. The Importance of Patience In the dynamic realm of dentistry, Ronda Holman underscores the significance of patience for both dental…

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Changing Vertical Dimension: When is it Safe?

By Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS | February 16, 2024

By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDSClinical Director, The Dawson AcademyThe Article Originally Appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com If you follow The Dawson Academy protocols, altering the vertical dimension is going to be the exception rather than the rule. We can work with the vast majority of patients vertical dimension and still fulfill the five requirements for occlusal stability and get a…

buyer beware numbers can lie in a dental practice acquisition

Buyer Beware: Numbers Can Lie in Dental Practice Acquisitions

By David Rice | February 13, 2024

By: Dr. David Rice In the world of dental practice acquisitions, potential buyers often find themselves navigating through a sea of financial data and performance metrics. The numbers presented can be a powerful tool in decision-making, but they can also be deceiving. As a new dentist buyer, it’s crucial to understand the web of factors…

Reducing the Tax Burden When Selling a Dental Practice

Reducing the Tax Burden When Selling a Dental Practice

By Bruce Bryen | February 12, 2024

An innovative approach to reducing the tax burden for the buyer and seller when a dental practice is sold that has used conventional financing for its acquisition. By: Bruce Bryen When the principal payments on the loan are paid by the buyer of a dental practice, they become subject to tax. The seller knows that…

How Does the Occlusal Plane Relate to the Anterior Teeth? By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDS Clinical Director, The Dawson Academy The Article Originally Appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com One of the most common mistakes I see in occlusal restorations is also the easiest mistake to observe. It is interference of the posterior teeth with the anterior guidance. A perfected occlusion allows the anterior teeth to contact in centric relation simultaneously and with equal intensity with the posterior teeth. This harmony of contacts occurs with complete seating of the condyles at their most superior position, which is bone braced. This means that there is an ideal distribution of compressive contact starting at the TMJs, and continuing all the way through front tooth contact. This is the contact distribution that we want for centric relation. When the jaw moves from centric relation, in a perfected occlusion only the anterior teeth contact. All posterior teeth distal to the cuspids should immediately separate. This is called “posterior disclusion”. Separation of the posterior teeth should occur, whether the jaw moves forward, left, or right from centric relation. The reason that posterior disclusion is such a desired effect is that the moment the posterior teeth separate, almost all of the elevator muscles shut off. This reduces the horizontal forces against the anterior teeth which are carrying all the forces in protrusive or lateral movements of the mandible. it also reduces the loading forces on the TMJ’s. But even more importantly, it is impossible to wear or overload the posterior teeth if they cannot rub. Keep Reading: How to Use Splints in Your Treatment Plan

How Does the Occlusal Plane Relate to the Anterior Teeth?

By Dr. Leonard Hess, DDS | February 9, 2024

By: Dr. Leonard A. Hess, DDSClinical Director, The Dawson AcademyThe Article Originally Appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com One of the most common mistakes I see in occlusal restorations is also the easiest mistake to observe. It is interference of the posterior teeth with the anterior guidance. A perfected occlusion allows the anterior teeth to contact in centric…

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Dentist Disability Insurance: You Probably Won’t Read This…

By Todd Doobrow, CFP | February 7, 2024

Your ability to earn income should be protected – in the most meaningful way for you and your family.  By: Todd Doobrow, CFP Maybe you will read this…who knows what piques your interest? If you do stick with us, here is a crazy story for you. I have a buddy who always dreamt of owning a…

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Not Bringing Work Home With You

By Savanah Craig | February 5, 2024

You have a long career ahead of you, setting limitson how much work you bring home with you can prevent you from burning out.  By: Savannah Craig Arguably most people entered the dental profession to help people and to make a difference in the lives of those around us, particularly our patients. As members of…

3 Fatal Flaws of Denture Design

By Dr. Kimberly Daxon, D.D.S. | February 2, 2024

Overcoming these 3 common flaws will give you very happy patients! By: Dr. Kimberly Daxon, D.D.S.The Article Originally Appeared on TheDawsonAcademy.com There are three main areas that need attention when designing complete denture prostheses. When these three things are not accomplished, it can lead to misfits and patient dissatisfaction. I see it all the time….

buying a dental practice vs investing in a start up

Buying a Dental Practice vs. Investing in a Start-Up

By Dr. Hannah Crowell | January 31, 2024

Weighing the Costs of Something Borrowed vs. Something New By: Dr. Hannah Crowell Deciding to embark on a career in dentistry is an exciting journey, and one of the pivotal decisions you’ll face is whether to acquire an existing dental practice or build one from the ground up. Both options come with their own set…