Approximately 60-80% of the population carries the virus, so it is definitely more common than you think!
Unfortunately, due to sterilization standards, we are not allowed to practice dentistry on these patients when cold sores are in the vesicle stage, but our dentists do offer a laser treatment that can be utilized at the first sign of an outbreak.
Most patients report a “itch” or “tingle”, this is the best time to laser the sore as not to reach the vesicle stage. Although, the laser can be used as a treatment option when the sore appears visibly, the chances for stopping it in its tracks are reduced but a prescription can also be issued to combat the symptoms at home.
What is a cold sore?
Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex Type 1 virus and are highly contagious blisters that occur on the lips, cheeks, or chin for many different reasons such as stress and over exposure to the sun. There is currently no cure, but the lifetime of an outbreak is usually under 2 weeks.
Laser Treatment for Cold Sores
If you are able to get in to see us for laser therapy before the sore appears in the beginning stages where tingling or subtle pain is occurring, we can usually stop an outbreak before it surfaces. Most people get their sores in the same spots, so they are able to sense when one is developing.
If you don’t catch it in time, and you already start to develop a blister, our laser treatment can still provide aid, as the laser works to break down the nerve cells creating instant relief and increases the production of collagen which helps the patient heal faster.