Cold Sore Laser Treatment

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Laser Treatment for Cold Sores

If topical ointments and lip balms aren’t doing the trick for you, you may be interested in trying laser treatment.

“I have been practicing dental hygiene for many years and have encountered numerous patients who suffer from the herpes simplex virus. Many of them have come to our office for treatment because we offer a safe space and a solution that helps with the pain relief and increasing the self-confidence of patients who feel stigmatized to a very common virus.” – Kaylan Mahelal, RDH at 17th Ave Dental Choice

Approximately 60-80% of the population carries the virus, so it is definitely more common than you think!

Unfortunately, due to sterilization standards, we are not allowed to practice dentistry on these patients when cold sores are in the vesicle stage, but our dentists do offer a laser treatment that can be utilized at the first sign of an outbreak.  Most patients report a “itch” or “tingle”, this is the best time to laser the sore as not to reach the vesicle stage.  Although, the laser can be used as a treatment option when the sore appears visibly, the chances for stopping it in its tracks are reduced but a prescription can also be issued to combat the symptoms at home.

What is a cold sore?

Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus and are highly contagious blisters that occur on the lips, cheeks, or chin for many different reasons such as stress and over exposure to the sun. There is currently no cure, but the lifetime of an outbreak is usually under 2 weeks.

Laser Treatment for Cold Sores

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.

Medical Coverage

It isn’t common knowledge that this quick and easy laser treatment is often covered under your dental plan.

Dr. Watson and Dr. Piccoli see patients with this problem often and enthusiastically provide a solution that makes dealing with the virus less dawning. Book at 17th Ave Dental Choice with one of our downtown dentists today – and get the relief that can be offered through laser treatment.

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