Dental Tips Blog

Dec
8

Treating Cold Sores and Ulcers with a Laser

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Cold sores don’t have to get in the way of your active, busy lifestyle. What used to take 10-14 days for your cold sore to heal can now be done in just a few days, thanks to soft tissue laser therapy. With a quick, soft tissue laser treatment, your cold sore can be instantly reversed and sped right into the recovery phase of the outbreak.

Soft tissue laser therapy uses an in-office laser that is applied to the cold sore lesion for just a few seconds. This treatment halts the cold sore outbreak so that the sore will be smaller and the course of the outbreak is greatly reduced. Rather than waiting for days for the cold sore to continue growing before, the outbreak is halted so that the only thing that needs to happen is for the non-active sore to completely heal.

A quick visit into the dental office is all that is needed. The entire treatment takes no longer than a minute to complete, so it can be added onto literally any dental appointment that you have – or just call your dentist to see if you can stop by when they have time available that day.

How soon can soft tissue laser treatment be used on a cold sore? As soon as you begin feeling a cold sore developing! Don’t wait for it to pop up and become unsightly, waiting a week or more before it isn’t visible. Instead, call your dentist as soon as you feel it so that you can catch it as early as possible. The comfortable, quick laser treatment will give you a reason to no longer fear having to hide behind a cold sore ever again.

Posted on behalf of:
Family & Cosmetic Dental Care
2627 Peachtree Pkwy #440
Suwanee, GA 30024
(770) 888-3384

Apr
7

Ulcer Relief and Laser Treatment

Posted in Laser Dentistry

Ulcers can flare up when you least expect them, and stay on your mind until they’re gone completely. Sometimes ulcers flare up due to irritation, foods, or even stress. Even the slip of a toothbrush can create enough tissue irritation to cause an ulcer to flare up. One can try to tough out the discomfort, or find ways to relieve it until healing has taken place.

An effective at-home remedy many dentists recommend is “miracle mouthwash.” This is a mouthwash that is made using some common medicines that help to numb the tissues and provide pain relief so that you can get on your way throughout the rest of the day. To make the rinse, take one part liquid antihistamine and mix it with one part milk of magnesia, then apply it to the ulcer with a cotton swab or by rinsing and gargling. Be sure not to swallow it and spit out any residue of the rinse. This will provide temporary but effective relief.

In-office laser therapy provides instant relief and dramatically reduces healing time. Just a few seconds under a dental laser and oral ulcers are treated so that symptoms are no longer present. For patients that experience chronic ulcers, dental laser therapy is a must! A short appointment or using the laser during another procedure will provide instant relief.

If your ulcer persists for more than 2 weeks, be sure to see your dentist. Most sores like ulcers will heal within 7-14 days. Prolonged symptoms or sores that do not heal could indicate other health problems that have gone undiagnosed.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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