- B.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
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Dr. Tortorich is Board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The certification is comprehensive, covering the biological sciences and the clinical practice of oral and maxillofacial surgery. The process consists of two examinations, a written qualifying examination and an oral certification examination. Doctors who have completed this certification process have demonstrated a mastery of basic knowledge and skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
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.
Fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex type I virus and result in painful fluid filled lesions that eventually rupture and crust over. These lesions can affect the oral mucosa inside the mouth in addition to the lips.
In healthy patients, these lesions are self limiting and resolve in 7-10 days without treatment. However, if treated in the prodromal stage before the lesions erupt, some lesions can be aborted and others will be less severe and resolve sooner than 7-10 days.
Medications used to treat fever blisters are either topical ointments or are oral medications that are swallowed. Again, they are only effective in the very early stages of the lesions.
Once you have fever blisters, the virus resides in your nerve endings forever and can be activated by stressful situations, sun exposure, and by trauma. Be sure to tell your dentist or oral surgeon that you have had fever blisters in the past before any dental or oral surgery procedures. Measures can be taken to minimize or prevent them from occurring after a procedure.
The removal of wisdom teeth is a common procedure, and the vast majority of people will require the removal of their wisdom teeth at sometime in their lives. The procedure is much easier tolerated by the patient at a younger age.
The ideal time for wisdom teeth removal is when the patient is in their mid teens to early twenties. So don’t delay the procedure until problems occur and the recovery from the procedure is more difficult!