Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus that lives latent in the nerve ganglia and appears after a cold, stress, sun burn, chapped lips, hormonal changes, trauma, or the flu. It affects 15 to 45% of the population and there is no cure. The laser treatment is painless and aids in healing of the lesion. If you feel the tingling of a cold sore coming on and we laser it, it may stop it from showing up or make it heal at a much faster rate. The laser usually instantly makes it feel better. You are also prescribed and antiviral medication and may be asked to have it lasered the next day.
Apthous ulcers are caused by an overactive immune system from trauma or stress. Our laser treatment is painless and only takes a few minutes. A steroid intraoral cream may be also prescribed and it may take two treatments. The ulcers are often healed within a few days with instant pain relief.