Laser Treatment of Cold Sores
San Francisco Bay Periodontics
Quick and Pain-Free
Cold sores are bothersome, painful, and often a source of self-consciousness. In the past, patients had to wait for the sores to resolve on their own. However, with today’s advanced laser treatments, you no longer have to wait for relief! There is something that can be done about it right now.
What are cold sores?
Cold sores are lesions that typically appear on the lips. They are the result of an outbreak of the Herpes simplex virus in your system. The virus is very common and most often lies dormant. However, from time to time, it will present as “cold sores.” These sores usually last from 10 days to two weeks, if left untreated.
Are they contagious?
Herpes simplex virus is contagious and can be contracted through oral contact during an outbreak. It can even be passed along from mother to baby during pregnancy.
Is there a cure?
While there is no cure for the virus, there are ways to treat it. Laser treatment is the newest, fastest, and least painful option!
Does laser treatment hurt?
Laser treatment of cold sores is not as complex or scary as it might sound. The laser does not actually touch your skin, and the procedure is painless.
How does laser treatment of Herpes simplex virus work?
We use a precision laser to kill the virus located within the sore, avoiding unnecessary aggravation of healthy tissue and thus allowing your body to heal faster. It is even possible for us to stop the cold sore before it develops fully. If you get a tingly sensation in the lips and the sense that a cold sore is coming on, call us for an appointment. We can treat the area before the outbreak happens.
What should I expect?
- Takes just a few minutes
- Is pain-free
- Encourages your body’s natural healing process
- Produces fast results