Suffer From Cold Sores? Laser Treatment is the Instant and Pain-Free Solution
If you’re one of the many Australians who suffer from cold sores, you’ll know all too well the discomfort, pain and embarrassment they can bring. However, with the advanced laser treatment offered by our Hugh Fleming Dentistry practice - part of National Dental Care Group - your cold sores can be treated in as little as 5 minutes.
Laser cold sore treatment is a fast and effective way to treat cold sores by stopping pain and discomfort immediately and encouraging ultra-fast healing of sores. Read on to discover how laser cold sore treatment can help you put an end to cold sore catastrophes.
What are cold sores?
Cold sores are caused by a virus called herpes simplex (HSV). They generally appear in or around the outside of the mouth as small clusters of blisters. Over time, these blisters form ulcers and develop a crust or scab.
When a cold sore is in its early stages, you may experience itching, burning or tingling. Once the sore develops, it can be painful. While cold sores usually disappear within 7-10 days, they can be very contagious in their ‘raw’ stage.
What causes cold sores?
There are certain factors that can trigger the development of cold sores. These include:
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Exposure to strong sunlight, cold or wind
- A decreased immune system
What are the advantages of choosing laser cold sore treatment?
Laser treatment provides an instant reduction in pain and discomfort, and only takes around 5 minutes. As the laser encourages ultra-fast healing, laser therapy means your cold sore will clear up much more quickly.
Here are some of the benefits of choosing laser cold sore treatment:
- Laser energy inhibits the virus that causes the cold sore
- You’ll get instant relief from any pain and discomfort
- The treatment stops the lesion from progressing
- The healing process is much faster
- No anaesthesia or needles are required
- Following treatment, any returning sores at the same location will be less intense and less frequent
What happens during laser cold sore treatment?
Our Hugh Fleming Dentistry practice uses a state-of-the-art MVP-7 laser system to treat cold sores on-site at the clinic. Here’s how it works:
- The laser heats the cold sore to inhibit the virus
- This process stimulates the body’s natural healing processes
- Heat is controlled by keeping the tip of the laser several millimetres away from the tissue - the laser won’t touch the skin at any time during the treatment
Most patients who undergo laser cold sore treatment report immediate relief from the pain and discomfort caused by their cold sore.
While the nature of cold sores means they can still return in the future, laser treatment can reduce the frequency and severity of subsequent outbreaks. Over time, further cold sore episodes can be suppressed and eventually your cold sores may not recur at all.
How long does laser treatment take?
Your appointment for laser cold sore treatment will only take around 5 minutes, making it a quick and convenient treatment option.
How much does laser cold sore treatment cost?
The cost of cold sore treatment at our Hugh Fleming Dentistry practice is $125 for 5 minutes.
When should I book my laser cold sore treatment?
It’s best to treat cold sores in their early stages, as treating the sores early can prevent the cold sore from blistering or cracking.
The first sign of a cold sore is an itching, tingling, burning or numb sensation around the mouth. If you experience these cold sore symptoms, contact Hugh Fleming Dentistry as soon as possible to have your cold sore treated in its early stage.
Can laser treatment help with other conditions?
Laser treatment can also help to treat aphthous ulcers (also known as canker sores). These ulcers usually have a white or yellow centre with a red border and appear on the inside of the lips or cheeks, on or underneath the tongue, or on the back of the throat.
Laser treatment for aphthous ulcers speeds up healing time and reduces pain throughout the healing process.
How do I book my laser cold sore treatment?
Laser cold sore treatment is only available at our Hugh Fleming Dentistry practice in Mosman, part of National Dental Care Group. To make an appointment, contact Larissa or Annie on 02 9960 8977.