Cold Sores, Canker Sores and How to Treat Them

Cold sore and canker sore are not fun! They are painful and can even last for weeks! What are they exactly? How are they different and most importantly, what are safe treatments for them?

Cold Sore

Cold sore is also called “Fever Blister” or “Oral herpes.”

The lesion happens on and around the lips usually.

It is caused by Herpes simplex virus type 1. It is different from sexually transmitted herpes, which is caused by the Herpes simplex virus type 2.

It is highly contagious even through saliva so if you have one, do not kiss or share utensils. The best time for treatment is within the first 24-48 hours when you start feeling the tingling sensation.

Canker Sore

Canker sore is also known as “aphthous ulcer.” The exact cause of it is still unknown. Unlike a cold sore, it occurs only inside of the mouth like gum or inside of the cheek. Also, not like a cold sore, it is not contagious. It can be treated at any stage but the earlier the better.

How do we treat them? Laser Treatment

At Craycroft Prime Dental, we use laser technology to treat cold sores and canker sores.

The laser energy is beamed over the surface of the sore and it kills any viral or other infection. It is also simultaneously sealing the exposed nerve endings and thickens the treated tissue. This immediately eliminates pain and accelerates healing. The sores will heal within 24-72 hours, instead of weeks of the usual healing time. The treatment is painless! All you might feel is a little warmth. Another great thing about laser treatment is, the sore will most likely not come back to the same treated area and there is less chance of scarring.

Remember, the earlier you do laser treatment, the better the outcome. As soon as you feel the tingling sensation and you think there is a sore coming, call us. It only takes a few minutes of treatment to avoid pain.

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