Does Laser Treatment Work for Cold Sores On Your Lips?

Does Laser Treatment Work for Cold Sores On Your Lips?

Keeping your mouth healthy and looking good isn’t limited to what’s inside of it. Teeth and gums are the main focus in most dental offices, cold sores can be even more unsightly and irritating than any issue inside of your mouth. Thankfully, dentists have laser technology to remove the viruses that cause cold sores on your lips and around your mouth in just minutes.

How do lasers treat cold sores?

Unlike other cold sore treatments, like creams or ointments, lasers get to the root of the problem. They destroy the virus that actually causes cold sores. How do they do this?

A trained dentist uses precise laser technology to heat up the cold sore. This heat is carefully controlled to one area and never touches the skin, it won’t harm anything around the cold sore. The heat from the laser kills the virus and triggers your body to heal itself more quickly. The process takes about 15 minutes to complete and requires no downtime at all. You’re in and out of the dental chair in time!

What are the results like?

Lasers can stop the cold sores from appearing by destorying the virus. Once the virus is stopped, the cold sores can no longer appear on your face.

If you already have cold sores on your lips or around your mouth, lasers will significantly speed up the healing time and provide you with immediate relief of symptoms, like pain or itching. The breakout will also stop spreading. You won’t require another treatment.

Your cold sores might come back, since the virus can’t be cured. However, laser treatments extend the length of time between your breakouts. In fact, after several laser treatments in the same area, your cold sores might never come back! Best of all, laser treatments for cold sores are affordable, and may even be covered by your insurance.

How to know if you have cold sores?

You can recognize cold sores by their appearance. Cold sores form in groups of small blisters. After the blisters form, they soon break open and release clear fluid. Finally, cold sores will crust or scab over and disappear within 2 weeks.

Laser treatments help skip all of this unpleasantness, the best thing you can do is get a laser treatment before the blisters appear. Look for signs such as itching, tingling or pain on your lips or around your mouth. Swollen glands, fevers, and sore throats are also signals that cold sores are developing.

You should see a dentist as soon as possible to receive a laser treatment when you start feeling the symptoms. This will help stop the cold sores before they appear. At East Brooke Dental, we do our best to treat our patients with cold sores within 24 hours. We can often treat them on the same day that they call! Feel free to contact us immediately after you start feeling cold sore symptoms.

Why are laser treatments better than other cold sore treatments?

We believe that lasers are the best treatments for cold sores, as do our patients who suffer with the herpes simplex virus. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • It only takes a few minutes to complete and requires no penetration of the skin, numbing or anesthesia.
  • Though the technology is new, cold sore laser treatment is affordable and may even be covered by your insurance.
  • Patients receive immediate and drastic relief right after the treatment is over.
  • Over time, lasers can get rid of cold sore breakouts in a specific area forever.
  • Lasers get to the root of the problem by killing the virus.
  • Laser treatment can prevent breakouts before they occur and stops them once they begin.
  • Healing time is much shorter after a laser treatment with no more symptoms.
  • Cold sore breakouts will occur less frequently and intensely in the area treated.

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