by MICHELLE TREMBLAY | photos by Zeena Gregg Photography 

Celebrating 40 Years in Business, a Continuation of Legacy, and a Passing of the Baton

adv_tpomsForty years ago, Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery opened its doors to the public. Since its establishment in 1977, the practice has grown considerably and has continued to maintain its high standard of excellence. Two years ago Dr. Tarkan Sidal took over the practice with a commitment to uphold its extraordinary reputation, and based on recent patient feedback, Dr. Sidal is doing an outstanding job. “I enjoy following in the footsteps of the original founders of Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery by providing superb patient care,” said Dr. Sidal. “I am committed to providing the finest individual care and exceptional service in every aspect of patient treatment.”

Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery offers a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery ranging from dental implant surgery, bone grafting, and wisdom teeth removal to trauma reconstruction, corrective jaw surgery, and pathology. “If surgery needs to be performed in the hospital and a hospital stay is required, I am on staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Scripps Clinic, and the University of California San Diego,” noted

Dr. Sidal. “We also diagnose and treat orofacial pain, facial injuries, and fractures.” Dr. Sidal prides himself on having a kind and compassionate approach toward his patients – a quality that helps set his practice apart from others in the industry. “We believe in traditional values such as excellent customer service and personalized attention to our patients, and we treat every patient as if they were part of the family,” explained Dr. Sidal. “We pride ourselves on attention to detail. We will make sure to fully explain the necessary procedures to patients and answer any questions they might have.”

“I enjoy following in the footsteps of the original founders of Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, by providing superb patient care.”  ~ Dr. Sidal

Both a licensed physician and oral maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Sidal is expertly skilled in caring for face and jaw conditions. After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Sidal participated in several oral and maxillofacial surgery internship and externship programs. He then completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. “Upon completing medical school, my curiosity in learning and everlasting passion for dentistry, medicine and surgery brought me back home to UCSF, where I completed a prestigious chief resident appointment in oral and maxillofacial surgery as well as a general surgery internship at the UCSF, Department of Surgery,” elaborated Dr. Sidal. “I then embarked on completing two years of rigorous fellowship training at the San Diego Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.”


Since then, Dr. Sidal – who is a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and Oral and Facial Surgeons of California – has participated in various surgical missions to underprivileged communities where he has volunteered to treat patients with maxillofacial defects and injuries. “During my fellowship, I also served as an integral part of an elite reconstructive team of surgeons at the Sharp Memorial Hospital, partnering with Operation of Hope,” recalled Dr. Sidal.

Today, Dr. Sidal is enthusiastic about continuing the legacy of Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is steadfast on providing a personalized and relaxed atmosphere with a professional staff that is focused on building trusting relationships with patients. “We believe in compassion, and your comfort tops our list of priorities,” shared Dr. Sidal. “We are advocates of healthy quality living, body and soul nourishment for supporting healthier and productive lives, and we believe in patient care where patients are evaluated as whole and not just focused on parts.”


Name of Business: Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Owner: Tarkan Sidal, D.D.S., M.D.
Year of Establishment: 1977
Address: Scripps Medical Building, 12395 El Camino Real
Suite 304, San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: 858-793-3393
Description of Business: We specialize in advanced surgical methods for the mouth, face, and jaws, and make every effort to exceed your expectations by offering the finest quality of care in a warm, compassionate environment.