by LYDIA COBB | photos by Tyler McElhaney

The Specialist is In

mp_torrey_02When a patient knows that they are in good hands, their experience becomes much more comfortable. Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has built a strong reputation for focusing on patients’ best interest since its founding in 1977 by Drs. Kingston and Phillips III. Centrally located in the Scripps Medical Building in Carmel Valley, patients of all ages have found relief from oral and facial conditions.

Dr. Tarkan Sidal is the head of Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. With attention to detail, every procedure is fully explained. “Creating a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere is of the utmost importance to us,” explained Dr. Sidal. “And we are committed to providing each patient with quality care in a courteous, professional, and thorough manner.” The center offers a comprehensive range of oral, jaw, and facial surgery services, including dental implants, removal of wisdom teeth, trauma and corrective jaw surgery, and pathology. Most surgical procedures are performed in-office.

Dr. Sidal obtained his DDS from UC San Francisco and performed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, where he also obtained his doctor of medicine degree. He returned to UCSF for a prestigious Chief Resident appointment in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and General Surgery, with an additional two years of fellowship training at San Diego Center for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is a member of American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and Oral and Facial Surgeons of California.


As a surgeon, father, and husband, Dr. Sidal values the importance of healthy families. He has given back to those in need through Operation of Hope and in medical initiatives overseas and across the border. Here at home, patients have found comfort in their procedures. “The doctor’s skill level is very high,” wrote a pleased patient. Another patient described, “I never thought I’d be saying that I would miss a visit to the dentist’s office, but since I don’t have to come back for a while, I’ll miss the team.”

The medical team keeps up with continuing education by attending advanced trainings. At the center of the experience is the patient’s wellbeing. “We believe in compassion and comfort which tops our list of priorities,” reflected Dr. Sidal. “We believe in patient care where patients are evaluated as a whole, and not just focused on in parts.” It’s something to smile about, literally, when oral and facial conditions are healed with a specialist’s touch.


Name of Business: Torrey Pines Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Owner/Manager: Tarkan Sidal, DDS, MD
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: Specializing in advanced surgical methods for the mouth, face, and jaws, while making every effort to exceed patient expectations by offering the finest in quality of care in a warm, compassionate environment.