Laser Cold Sore Treatments

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Developing a cold sore, also known as a fever blister, isn’t only frustrating, but it can be embarrassing and painful as well. Many individuals develop two common forms of the herpes simplex virus — HSV type 1 and HSV type 2 — and don’t know where to turn for a lasting solution. Both of these viruses are contagious and may be easily spread through contact; plus, there is no known cure for the viruses. 

Our dentist serving Plano, Frisco and surrounding areas can provide you with specialized treatment options to reduce the physical and psychological discomfort associated with cold sores thanks to our advanced laser technology. 

What Is HSV-1?

The cause behind cold sores is typically the HSV-1 virus. The virus gets passed amongst individuals through microscopic tears inside or around the mouth. The physical symptoms of HSV-1 appear in and around the mouth while the virus internally infects the body’s nervous system; thus, the virus is dormant.  For example, if there are no oral sores present, that doesn’t mean that the individual isn’t experiencing the internal effects of the disease. Following the initial infection, the virus stays dormant in your body for the rest of your life. 

Spreading of the HSV-1 disease may be the result of the following:

  • Kissing
  • Coming into contact with saliva
  • Sharing lip balm
  • Sharing razors
  • Sharing eating utensils

How often an individual has flare-ups differs; some people experience flare-ups years apart while others experience them months apart. Factors include how strong the immune system is, stress, or whether or not they are fighting a cold or other illness. 

Cold Sores vs. Canker Sores

Cold sores result from passing the HSV-1 virus from person to person while canker sores aren’t contagious. Canker sores occur on the soft tissues inside of your mouth and the cause of them is not known. 

Treating Your Cold Sore

Our dentist serving Frisco and Plano utilizes laser technology to help minimize the effects of the HSV-1 virus. Lasers are considered the gold standard for treating cold sores, as the light energy can prevent or diminish ulceration or the “full-blown” stage of fever blisters from occurring. Plus, lasers can help prevent future cold sores from recurring on the same area of the lips. 

Benefits of utilizing lasers for treating cold sores include:

  • Immediate relief for suffering patients
  • No anesthesia
  • Painless treatment and fast healing
  • Stops the progression of the developing fever blister
  • Treatment only takes a few minutes

When to Contact Lone Star Dental Care

It is ideal that you contact our dentist as soon as you notice warning signs of a cold sore. Some people experience physical symptoms such as burning or tingling sensation at the site in addition to a fever or swollen glands. Laser therapy works the best before a herpetic lesion has progressed into the “full-blown” stage.  Laser treatment will help with reducing the symptoms or shorten the duration of the outbreak. 

We look forward to restoring your pain-free, healthy smile! Please contact our team today for more information.

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