Can My Dentist Help Me Address Cold Sores?

Can My Dentist Help Me Address Cold Sores?Keeping your mouth healthy and looking good goes beyond your teeth. Though your teeth and gums do get a lot of attention, cold sores can be even more unsightly and irritating than issues inside your mouth. There is dental technology to address cold sores on your lips and around your mouth in a short amount of time. Unlike other cold sore treatments, like creams or ointments, laser technology gets to the root of cold sores to address them quickly and efficiently. Laser treatment for cold sores can reduce regular outbreaks to help you manage a chronic condition. 

What is a Cold Sore?

A cold sore is an inflamed blister near the mouth that is caused by the herpes simplex virus. An outbreak typically lasts between 7-10 days though they can remain visible for up to two weeks. The first symptom of a potential outbreak is tingling of the area where the sore will appear. Sometimes a fever or swollen glands will occur. The skin may become itchy and red, and the lesions can appear in one or more areas of the lips. Blisters will then form, and may rupture a clear fluid before developing an outer crust. Cold sores can be very itchy, painful, uncomfortable, and unsightly.

Results of Laser Technology

When patients feel a cold sore beginning to form on the lips, getting treatment may prevent it from forming. In already existing cold sores, laser treatment can prevent the lesion from progressing and cut down the healing time. Herpetic lesions tend to form on the same areas over and over again, however, some patients notice that sites treated with laser technology clear up permanently. Laser light effectively explodes the virus that causes cold sores to form, which cues your body to begin the healing process on the cold sores that may or may not have already appeared.

We can help you manage your cold sores

Are you ready to take care of your cold sores? To schedule a consultation by calling Grinnell Street Dental in Sheridan, WY, today at 307-672-7567. We also proudly serve patients of all ages who live in Gillette, Billings, Miles City, and all surrounding communities.