Laser Treatment for Cold Sores and Canker Sores
Cutting-Edge Care for Cold Sores and Canker Sores
A cold sore (also called a fever blister) is an inflamed, contagious fluid-filled blister on your lips or near your mouth, caused by a herpes viral infection.
A canker sore is a non-contagious open sore on the inside of your mouth that is caused by an overreaction of your immune system to a minor injury or other stresses.
Both are very painful and can last for several weeks. Dr. Chantry can provide quick and lasting relief by using a cutting-edge dental laser to eliminate the pain associated with each type of sore and greatly speed up healing.
How Laser Treatment Works
Dr. Chantry runs the laser beam over the surfaces of the blisters or canker sore for several minutes. The procedure is quite painless, and all you might feel is a sensation of warmth after a little while.
The laser energy kills any viral or other infection present, while simultaneously sealing the exposed nerve endings and causing the treated tissue to clot and thicken. This immediately eliminates any pain from the sores and greatly accelerates healing.
Cold Sore and Canker Sore Laser Treatment Benefits
- Laser treatment provides immediate pain relief.
- Laser treatment eliminates the viral infection present in the area treated, and helps prevent further outbreaks.
- Laser treatment greatly reduces the chances of scarring.
- Cold sores and canker sores heal very fast after treatment – usually within 24 to 72 hours.
When is the Best Time to Get Laser Cold Sore Treatment?
With cold sores, the most effective time to receive laser treatment is within the first 24 to 48 hours after symptoms have started (usually noticeable by a tingling sensation). In most cases, treatment at this early stage prevents the virus from spreading.
It has been shown that if treated early, laser treatment reduces healing time dramatically, often down to three days from the usual week and a half. Canker sores can be treated at any stage, though it is always easier on your body to get them treated when they are just beginning.
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