Growing up, Dr. Ryan Toponce was always interested in pursuing a career in health care. While in college, he had the opportunity to take part in a medical/dental mission trip to Peru. During that time, he was able to see firsthand the effects that dentistry had on the lives of many people. It was then that Dr. Toponce knew that a career in dentistry was the path that he wanted to follow.
Dr. Toponce was fortunate to gain exposure to a wide variety of oral surgery procedures during his time in dental school, ranging from dental implant placement and bone grafting procedures to reconstructive jaw surgery and the treatment of facial trauma injuries. It was the life-changing effects that these procedures have on patients that inspired Dr. Toponce to be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Dr. Toponce’s main goal is to help patients feel comfortable during treatment and make it through the procedure painlessly and comfortably, regardless of their background or previous experience with surgery or dentistry. He strives to ensure that patients feel happy with their results and realize that with the right oral surgeon, treatment can be easy.
Dr. Toponce received his undergraduate degree in 2006 from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Integrated Studies in Spanish, zoology, and chemistry. He then attended dental school at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where he completed his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD) degree in 2010.
Following his extensive schooling, Dr. Toponce completed a four-year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. During residency, Dr. Toponce trained alongside many medical professionals and surgical specialists who taught him how to comprehensively evaluate and treat patients in a wide scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery procedures. A large component of his residency also consisted of rigorous training in IV anesthesia which now allows him to administer anesthesia in an office setting.
In addition to his practice at Columbia Basin Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, Dr. Toponce is also on staff at Kadlec Regional Center, Trios Medical Center, and Lourdes Medical Center, where he treats emergency facial trauma cases.
In his spare time, Dr. Toponce loves spending time with his wife and three kids. Together, they enjoy family activities, basketball, soccer, golf, hiking, water skiing, snow skiing, and outdoor activities in general.