What is a cold sore?
Cold sores are small blisters that appear around the mouth, on the gums, or on the roof of the mouth. They can be itchy and painful. Also called fever blisters, they’re caused by the herpes simplex virus.
The first symptom is itching or a burning sensation in the area. Within the next 48 hours, you may see small fluid-filled blisters surface on your face. Eventually, the blisters will burst and crust over. They should heal within 10 days but you can spread the virus to others through contact during the period before cold sores appear and after they heal.
How does laser treatment work?
Cold sores are best treated before the blisters appear. The Odyssey Diode Laser can contain the outbreak if it’s done as soon as you feel the tingling or itchy sensation.
If you’ve previously had cold sores, they are likely to appear in the same spot. Once you notice the symptoms, see your dentist immediately.
The soft tissue laser exposes the sore to heat, destroying the virus. You’ll feel a little warmth in the area as it’s treated. The laser numbs the nerve cells and encourages collagen production. Once the virus has been eliminated, the healing process speeds up.
Even if the blisters have already appeared, you can still undergo laser therapy. The process will still help reduce pain and promote faster healing. And any future breakouts will be less frequent and severe.
Is laser therapy painful?
The laser therapy is quick and does not require needles. It can be completed within 5 minutes. You may feel a tingling sensation during the procedure, but overall it should be a pleasant experience.
Unlike traditional surgeries, Odyssey Diode Laser Therapy only targets dead tissue. Since the laser allows for accurate modifications, it does not damage or touch surrounding tissue. The affected area is sanitized to prevent infection.
A scab may form in the area after the procedure but will heal quickly.
Does this laser work on canker sores?
Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious and aren’t caused by the herpes simplex virus. They also don’t appear outside the mouth.
It’s hard to determine its exact cause but it can be triggered by several factors and this includes the following:
Canker sores can last up to 2 weeks. If it persists, it may be due to an underlying health condition.
It can be treated through the use of over-the-counter medicines in the form of topical creams or ointments. The soft tissue laser therapy[MY1] is an alternative treatment option that targets the nerves in the lesions.
The procedure is fast and can be completed without anesthesia. If you are uncomfortable with needles and injections, laser treatment may be ideal for you. It provides you with instant relief and the sore heals faster.
Need more information about Odyssey Diode Laser?
If you have a cold sore or are starting to notice its symptoms, contact us at Springbank Dental today at (587) 317‑9910. Laser therapy is highly effective in treating cold sores if done in the early stage.
We may be able to squeeze you into our schedule on the same day for this quick treatment. Our friendly team members will be happy to assist you.
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