Cold sores are a common oral health issue caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are characterized by painful, fluid-filled blisters that typically appear on or around the lips. While there is no cure for cold sores, dentists can help manage their symptoms and shorten their duration with an innovative treatment method – laser therapy.
During the procedure, the dentist applies the laser directly on the cold sore. The skin is penetrated and cellular regeneration is stimulated, boosting the body’s natural healing processes. It helps to reduce inflammation and pain, and accelerates the healing of the blister. A typical session lasts only a few minutes, and most patients experience immediate relief from pain and discomfort. Moreover, laser therapy has been shown to reduce the frequency of future outbreaks when applied at the first sign of a cold sore, and offers a promising treatment option for managing cold sores.