Laser Treatment for Cold Sores
Madison Dental Clinic Heals Cold and Canker Sores Quickly
While there are home remedies and over the counter ointments for cold sores, the best they can do is reduce pain and redness. The most effective treatment for cold sores is administered with dental lasers. Dental Health Associates of Madison offers this quick, pain-free treatment for cold sores and canker sores.
Cold sores are a common nuisance most of us have had to deal with at one time or another. Usually appearing around the lips, and sometimes on the cheeks and chin, cold sores can cause physical discomfort and self-consciousness. Although cold sores only last about 2 weeks, they are highly contagious.
Our dental professionals administer fast-acting laser treatments to safely eliminate cold sores and canker sores at any stage.
How does laser treatment get rid of cold sores and canker sores?
We use a soft tissue dental laser to heat the lesion, which eliminates the virus inside. Whether the sore is external (cold sore) or internal (canker sore), the most you’ll feel during the treatment is a little warmth. With the virus eradicated, the healing process is greatly accelerated.
Laser treatment numbs the nerve cells around the cold sore, so you’ll feel instant relief. The treatment also stimulates your body to form collagen, which promotes faster healing.
Early treatment prevents newly discovered cold sores from progressing. Even if your cold sore is advanced, laser treatment will alleviate most of the pain and speed up the healing process.
How long does the treatment take?
Laser treatment at Dental Health Associates only takes about 15 minutes. One treatment is all you need. Within 24 hours, your cold sore will dry up and you won’t feel any discomfort. After a week, the cold sore is usually completely gone.
Early Treatment Most Effective
If you are prone to cold sores and recognize the tingling sensation that precedes an outbreak, laser treatment can usually stop an outbreak in its tracks by eliminating the virus before it can spread. Because treatment time is so quick, we can usually work you into our schedule on short notice.
Is Laser Treatment for Cold Sores Covered by Insurance?
Not all insurance providers will cover laser treatment for cold sores, so you’ll need to check with yours before scheduling an appointment. If it’s not covered by your provider, you’ll find the treatment is priced reasonably enough to pay for it without help from your insurance.
Request a Consultation for Laser Treatment
If you have a cold sore, or feel one starting, call Dental Health Associates to schedule an appointment. Laser treatment is highly effective at stopping a cold sore in its tracks if done in the early stages, so the sooner you get treatment, the better. Once we confirm what you have is indeed a cold sore, we can treat it at the same appointment.
We recommend you check with your insurance provider ahead of time to verify if your policy covers laser treatment for cold sores. If not, we can provide pricing information over the phone when you call.