Oral Pathology in Cerritos CA

At the offices of Dr. Hofkes, we are dedicated to providing services for your complete oral health. Whether you come into our offices with a clean slate or if there is something troubling you, we are here to help. If you have noticed changes in the lining of your mouth, such as swelling, infections, or ulcers, Dr. Hofkes can diagnose the issue, while helping you feel comfortable.

What Is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology is a special study within dentistry, focusing on diseases. The disease may affect interior areas of your mouth, like the lining. It may also contribute to problems with the other parts of your oral and maxillofacial areas. If you are having an issue with your face, mouth, jaw, neck, or surrounding regions, come in immediately and let Dr. Hofkes examine you. If treatment is necessary, a variety of options are available to help you regain full oral health.

What Types of Symptoms Point to Disease?

An array of diseases can affect the mouth from time to time. Because your mouth has many functions, including chewing food and speaking, some level of discomfort or occasional irritation is normal. However, if you notice frequent issues or a new sensation that does not go away, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hofkes. Look for symptoms that point to oral pathology, including:

  • A sore or bleeding throat
  • Areas of swollen tissue
  • Chronic dry mouth
  • Recurring infection
  • Areas of irritation, such as mouth ulcers
  • Hoarseness
  • Pain accompanying normal functions like chewing
  • White or red splotches in areas like the throat

What Are Some Common Diagnoses?

Whether you notice changes on your lips, the insides of your cheek, your throat, tongue, or teeth, early treatment is always the best option. Rest assured that if you come in with a problem, Dr. Hofkes and our staff will make you feel like a part of the family. We will do our best to put you at ease, while finding the cause of your oral pathology and creating a treatment course.

Oral pathology is often a precursor to a future problem, such as oral cancer. While the initial diagnosis may include benign tumor growth, pigmentation problems with the lining of your mouth, or sores, these issues may lead to disease. Even though the terms associated with oral pathology may cause you to hesitate, contact Dr. Hofkes as soon as you can to make an appointment. We will take every measure to protect your oral health and select a treatment that will have your mouth feeling happy and healthy again.

Schedule an Appointment!

At the offices of Shawn Hofkes, DDS, we are dedicated to providing you with the care that will help you achieve a healthy, brilliant smile. Please contact us today to schedule your dental appointment with Dr. Hofkes. Contact our Cerritos office located in Fountain Plaza, directly across from Los Cerritos Center. Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is happy to offer dental services to patients from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, Fullerton, and surrounding communities.