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Dr. Gerald Torgeson and our team love using and learning about the latest advancements so they can help us serve our patients even better. Below, you can read about just a few of the tools we use every day.

Intraoral Camera

Dentist examines dental patient with intraoral camera

This tool allows us to create high-resolution images of your teeth and gums, and we can even display them on a chairside monitor for you to see. This makes it much easier for our team to spot the signs of dental problems, especially those in areas that are hidden from the naked eye. Plus, you’ll finally get to see your mouth from a dentist’s point of view, providing excellent information so you can make more informed treatment decisions.

Digital Dental X-Rays

Patient and dentist looking at digital dental x-rays

X-rays have been an essential part of dentistry for years because they allow dental professionals to catch problems that might be hidden below the surface of your teeth. However, traditional film-based x-rays have always had drawbacks. They take quite a bit of time to develop images, require toxic chemicals to do so, and they also expose our patients (and us!) to radiation.

Thankfully, our practice now only uses digital x-rays, which address all of these issues. They can create images almost instantly, no chemicals are required, and they even emit up to 90% less radiation, making them both safer and faster than traditional x-rays.

CT/ Cone Beam Scanner

Woman being scanned with 3D imaging device

This tool allows us to create a fully 3D image of not just your mouth, but your jaw and other surrounding structures as well. This kind of context provides essential information when it comes to planning procedures such as dental implant placement and wisdom tooth extraction. This will allow your doctor to be more precise and less invasive at the same time, ensuring that you’ll have a positive result and a shorter, more comfortable recovery time. The device works by simply having a scanner rotate around your head while it takes hundreds of unique images. From there, sophisticated software can put these together to create a fully 3D model.