Dr. Tortorich and Brandy, financial coordinator, wearing blue on National Autism Awareness Day April 2, 2018.
Brandy has a nephew who has autism.
Chloe, a 4 1/2 year old’s masterpiece of a mouth!
Dr. 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.
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.
Implants can be used to replace natural teeth in many ways. They can be placed in the mouth to help secure removable teeth or can be placed to support teeth which are permanent (non-removable).
Dr. Tortorich’s staff celebrates Halloween and dresses up as the Doctor himself!