Laser Treatment


Why should I contact Art of Smile Dentistry for laser treatment of my cold sore?
• We have same day appointments to ensure we catch your cold sore at its earliest stage for best results
• Treatments last only 15 minutes, so you are in and out quickly
• Treatments are covered under most insurance company plans, so your treatments may be at no cost to you, or you will only have to pay a small deductible
• Generally, no drugs are required, except in instances where large outbreaks warrant them

What are COLD Sores?
Cold sores — also called fever blisters — are a common viral infection. They are also called fever blisters. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips. These blisters are often grouped together in patches. After the blisters break, a scab forms that can last several days. Cold sores usually heal in two to three weeks without leaving a scar.

There’s no cure for cold sores, but treatment can help manage outbreaks. Prescription antiviral pills or creams can help sores heal more quickly, however laser treatment has been shown to be a far better option to use on its own or in combination with other treatments. And it may reduce the frequency, length and severity of future outbreaks.

What is laser cold sore and canker sore treatments?

Traditional treatment for cold and canker sores involves the application of topical medications that are often not very effective. With advances in soft-tissue laser technology, dentists are now able to accelerate the healing of cold and canker sores by applying painless laser energy to the area.
When applied to canker sores, laser treatment helps to modulate inflammatory responses, reduce pain and promote tissue regeneration.
When applied to cold sores, laser treatment helps to reduce virus count, reduce pain and increase the interval between recurrences.
There are typically no side effects to laser cold or canker sore treatment.

Is laser cold/canker sore treatment painful? How long does it take?
Laser treatment of your cold or canker sore is completely painless, and can be completed in as little as 15 minutes. Larger lesions may require a second application.
It is important that you call us within the first two to three days of the onset of symptoms for laser treatment to be effective.

Where can I learn more about laser cold sore and canker sore treatment?
Below are two research papers that cover laser cold and canker sore treatment:

Low-Level Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers: A Systematic Review

Laser treatment of recurrent herpes labialis: a literature review