Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores can be painful and embarrassing, our skilled dental team offers laser cold sore treatment to provide you relief and get you smiling again.

Cold Sore Treatment in Morehead City, NC

Without treatment, cold sores typically heal within a few days of the initial breakout and vanish within a few weeks. Creams, ointments, and over-the-counter medicines can shorten healing times to three or four days. However, we have determined that diagnosing the outbreak early and administering laser treatment can improve healing times and sometimes prevent cold sores altogether.

  • What are cold sores?

    Cold sores, also known as herpetic lesions, are small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex (HSV-1) infection. Cold sore breakouts are a common occurrence that affects an estimated 67% of the global population. While there is no cure for HSV-1, laser treatment can improve healing time.

  • What causes cold sores?

    Cold sores are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips, often grouped in patches. After the blisters break, a crust forms over the resulting sore and will usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar.

    Cold sores spread from person to person through close contact, such as kissing. They’re caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (HSV-2). They are contagious even if you can’t see them yet.

  • How are cold sores treated?

    If you feel the initial tingling sensation accompanying a cold sore outbreak, it’s essential to contact your dentist immediately. Your dentist can diagnose your cold sore during a routine exam to determine if laser treatment suits you. Laser treatment destroys the virus and stops the progression of the herpetic lesion, which means you won’t experience more sores.

    Here are the typical recovery times you can anticipate:
    – Two days with laser treatment
    – Four to five days without laser treatment
    – Three to four days with ointment or cream

    Fully developed lesions may not be treatable with our laser, so it is important to catch the outbreak as soon as possible.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about cold sore treatment or want to schedule an appointment, please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss further.

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Morehead City, NC 28557
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