While the list of what treatments can be performed using lasers is quite extensive, lasers can be used for everything from Cosmetic Dental Treatments to General Dentistry Treatments as well as Family Dental procedures.
Cold sores are red blisters that can appear on your lips, around your mouth or nose. The blisters can develop into a cluster, which can cause mild to severe pain. The pain can last for a few days and there are also instances when the blisters crack and leak fluids. When cold sores attack, the symptoms can be severe. Once the virus penetrates your body, the blisters may appear around the area where they entered. You may start feeling itchiness or a slight burning sensation on the area.
The virus associated with cold sores is called the herpes simplex virus or HSV. HSV comes in two types; type I and type II, and cold sores are commonly caused by type I HSV. Cold sores can be contagious. The virus can be passed on from one person to another by skin contact or sharing utensils as well as other personal products.
A burning or tingling feeling around the lips is the most common symptom of a cold sore, just before the blister erupts. Patients can also experience headaches, sore throat or fever associated with cold sore. A small blister can develop on the outside edge of lips and can be filled with fluid.
Laser treatment is the most effective way to treat Cold Sores in their early stages. If you are able to get in to see us for laser therapy before the sore appears in the beginning stages where tingling or subtle pain is occurring, we can usually stop an outbreak before it surfaces. Most people get their sores in the same spots, so they are able to sense when one is developing. If you don't catch it in time, and you already start to develop a blister, our laser treatment can still provide aid, as the laser works to break down the nerve cells creating instant relief and increases the production of collagen which helps the patient heal faster. With laser therapy, the chances of the cold sores appearing again decreases. And should they recur, they are likely to be less severe.