Tag Archives: Dr. Tony Tortorich

Defining the Dental Field

  • An Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon:     Is in the surgical treatment of disease and disorder of the mouth, jaws, face, and associated structures. (Facial trauma and infections, reconstructive procedures, extractions, implants, and dental anesthesia).
  • An Endodontist:  A dentist who specializes in root canal therapy.
  • A Periodontist:   A dentist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease.
  • An Orthodontist:   In the treatment of malocclusions (bad bites) and crooked teeth.
  • A Pediatric Dentist:   In the treatment of pediatric dental patients.
  • A Prosthodontist:     Specializes in difficult restorative cases.

 

 

 

 

Meet the Doctor

  • ALT 7-31-08B.S. in Physical Science, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • D.D.S. Degree, University of Tennessee College of Dentistry, Memphis, Tennesee
  • Internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associated Hospitals, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Associaed Hospitals, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Board Certified as a Diplomate of the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology
  • Fellow, AAOMS
  • Fellow, ACOMS
  • Fellow, ADSA
  • Felow, ACD

 

American College of Dentists

American College of DentistDr. Tortorich was inducted into the American College of Dentists on 11-05-2015. The American College of Dentists is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. Dr. Tortorich is now a fellow of four different organizations associated with his profession: the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the American College of Dentists.

Oral Cancer

Screening for oral cancer should be performed at least once per year at your dentist’ office. If your dentist notices any area inside the mouth or on the lip which looks suspicious, the area should be biopsied by the dentist or referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for evaluation and treatment.

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons provide a variety of services to their patients including screening, diagnosis, and treatment of oral cancers. The diagnosis of oral cancer is made by performing a biopsy. Brush biopsies do not require any injections of local anesthesia or any “cutting” procedures. Incisional and excisional biopsies, “blade” biopsies, do require some surgery. These surgeries can be performed with a local anesthetic or under general anesthesia in the oral surgeon’s office. The tissue specimen is then sent to an oral pathologist for microscopic diagnosis.

If you notice any sores, ulcers, lumps, or masses in the mouth or surrounding areas that are present for more than two weeks, please contact your dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon.