What are cold sores?
About 40% of adults in North America get cold sores. Also known as fever blisters, cold sores are oral lesions caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are painful, fluid-filled blisters that show up on the lips and around the mouth.
How are cold sores treated?
Most cold sore sufferers have just learned to live with the blisters when they show up. Cold sores will usually go away on their own within 2 weeks. Many over the counter ointments and creams claim to reduce healing times and can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms but nothing has been as effective as the soft tissue laser treatment now available at Northern Dental Care.
The Benefits Of Soft Tissue Laser Treatment
Laser therapy is especially effective if you can treat the cold sore early. Treating the area as soon as you notice signs such as tingling, burning, itching or a painful feeling around your lips can even prevent the breakout. If you already have a cold sore, laser treatment can speed healing and greatly reduce the pain and discomfort. Repeated laser therapy can even prevent cold sores from returning in the same area.
Common benefits of using a laser to treat cold sores:
Laser therapy stops the progression of the cold sore.
Heals faster without further discomfort.
Pain relief is immediate.
Can prevent a breakout if treated once the lips begin to tingle or itch.
Laser energy destroys the virus that causes cold sores.
Laser treatment is quick and can be performed without anesthesia.
Cold sores reoccur with less intensity and frequency at the same location after laser treatment.
Soft tissue laser therapy is affordable and may be covered by your insurance.
If you suffer from pain and discomfort caused by cold sores, call our office immediately once you feel a cold sore starting and we will do our best to fit you in right away.