The Benefits of Treating Cold Sores and Aphthous Ulcers with Lasers

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Cold sores and aphthous ulcers are normal parts of life for some people. However, realistically, they do not have to be. Keep reading to find out more about the benefits of treating cold sores and aphthous ulcers with lasers.


What Are Cold Sores?

Often known as fever blisters, cold sores are little blisters that form on your lip and around your mouth. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Often, this virus will enter your body via a break in the skin or on the inside of your mouth.

It can easily be spread when kissing, sharing eating utensils, using razors, or touching cold sores.


What Is an Aphthous Ulcer?

Often known as canker sores, aphthous ulcers are an autoimmune response that damages the skin on the inside of your mouth. Usually, the ulcer will display as a yellow or white center with a red border. It will likely be able to be seen on the cheeks, lips, on the back of the throat, or underneath the tongue.

These sores, or ulcers, can vary in size from being very small to very large. Most often, they are associated with sodium lauryl sulfate in toothpaste, severe stress, or certain hereditary factors. Sometimes, they can come back in multiple areas.

They are also very painful at times.


What to Expect from Laser Treatment

Immediately after laser treatment, most patients can expect to feel instant relief without another treatment. When compared to no treatment, the time it takes the ulcer to heal with laser treatment shrinks significantly. In addition, it can usually be expected that the ulcer will begin to heal in as little as 24 hours.

However, it is important to keep in mind that canker sores can come back. In saying that, the laser treatment process can significantly lengthen the time between breakouts. Over time, sores may cease to recur at all if they are re-treated whenever they arise.


What Are the Benefits of Using a Laser to Treat Cold Sores and Aphthous Ulcers?

These are some of the most common benefits of using a laser to treat cold sores and aphthous ulcers:

  • Sores are less intense
  • Sores are less frequent
  • No discomfort during treatment
  • Faster healing
  • May stop the progression of lesions
  • Treatment takes only a few minutes
  • Immediate relief
  • Prevention of recurrent sores

Call the team at Beverly Hills Dentistry today to explore your first steps to laser therapy for cold sores and aphthous ulcers.

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