About 40% of adults in North America get cold sores. Also known as fever blisters, cold sores are oral lesions caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are painful, fluid-filled blisters that show up on the lips and around the mouth.
Most cold sore sufferers have just learned to live with the blisters when they show up. Cold sores will usually go away on their own within 2 weeks. Many over-the-counter ointments and creams claim to reduce healing times and can reduce the uncomfortable symptoms but nothing has been as effective as the soft tissue laser treatment now available at Wing Dental.
Laser therapy is especially effective if you can treat the cold sore early. Treating the area as soon as you notice signs such as tingling, burning, itching or a painful feeling around your lips can even prevent the breakout. If you already have a cold sore, laser treatment can speed healing and greatly reduce the pain and discomfort. Repeated laser therapy can even prevent cold sores from returning in the same area.
Common benefits of using a laser to treat cold sores:
If you suffer from pain and discomfort caused by cold sores, call our office immediately once you feel a cold sore starting and we will do our best to fit you in right away.