By Marti Gacioch
Dr. Allan Dovigi is now serving the La Jolla community through oral pathology diagnostic services and clinical consultations. He is a specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (diseases of the head and neck).
Patients frequently call Dr. Dovigi because they’re experiencing mouth or face pain, or suffering with sores or lesions that haven’t healed. He takes their medical history, performs a clinical examination and orders diagnostic tests and blood work as needed. After biopsying the tissue, he may consult with other doctors to find an accurate diagnosis.
“My typical patient might have burning tongue or burning mouth syndrome,” Dr. Dovigi said. “That’s debilitating constant pain or discomfort in the face or mouth area that a general dentist isn’t trained to treat, but that’s my specialty.”
According to Dr. Dovigi, diagnosing such symtoms could be difficult because the conditions could be due to various factors, including a vitamin B12 deficiency, a fungal infection, hypothyroidism or
While Dr. Dovigi receives tissue biopsies from dentists and oral surgeons throughout the West and Southwest, he also examines biopsies from Canada. After he processes the tissue in his lab, he examines it under a microscope and makes a diagnosis before issuing a surgical pathology report.
Now, Dr. Dovigi is providing house calls to La Jolla’s elderly people. “I visit nursing homes, assisted living facilities and a lot of elderly people in their homes, and if they’re having pain or ulcers, I try to get them more comfortable, so their quality of life improves,” he said. “I coordinate their care with their other medical providers because some of these patients use multiple meds, and they experience many side effects. Treatment may be as simple as their switching to another medication for relief.”
Dr. Dovigi received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1984 and practiced general dentistry for nearly 20 years in a northern Ontario community. After selling his practice, he trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the University of North Carolina, and completed his residency in 2006 before opening his surgical pathology biopsy
service in Phoenix.
Dr. Dovigi, his wife, Karen, and four children moved to La Jolla last August. “I grew up in a small town, and we wanted to put down roots in a small town and develop a sense of community. La Jolla seemed like a perfect fit for doing that,” he said.—
Dr. Allan Dovigi, D.D.S., can be reached at 9292 Chesapeake Drive, Suite 100, San Diego or (623) 340-2874.