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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 Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery



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.



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.