What Are Cold Sores and How Can You Get Rid of Them?

Woman holding her lip with a cold sore outbreak

What are Cold Sores?

Cold sores are painful blisters that erupt on the lips, inside the mouth, tongue, cheeks, or the chin. These usually persist for about two weeks but may even last longer.


Before a cold sore appears, you will experience an unusual tingling, burning, or itching sensation around the affected area. This may be around the corner of the mouth, lip, or even the nose and occurs 12-24 hours before the appearance of a blister.

The appearance of a cold sore may also be accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, and nausea.

Laser Therapy Treatment for Cold Sores

One of the most recent advances for cold sore treatment is laser therapy. If you are experiencing frequent outbreaks and can recognize the tingling sensation that precedes an outbreak, laser therapy may just be the solution for you.

How does Laser Treatment for Cold Sores Work?

Laser treatment works by shining a laser over the cold sore to kill the virus that causes the outbreak. The laser does not touch the lesion, so no anesthetic is needed.

Benefits of Laser Treatment for Cold Sores

The lesion may not erupt if treated early, but if the sore has already broken, laser treatment can relieve pain and accelerate healing.

  • Fast Healing
  • Alleviates Pain
  • Reduces Outbreaks
  • Takes Only 15 Minutes

How quickly can I get in for treatment?

Because treatment time is so quick, we can usually work you into our schedule on short notice.

Ready to schedule your laser cold sore treatment appointment?

Contact Periodontal & Implant Specialists of Madison at our West Clinic 608-203-7023 or East Clinic 608-443-1778 as soon as you feel tingling or sense you are developing a cold or canker sore.

Taking Advantage of Your Dental Insurance Benefits Before They Expire

Did you know that most dental insurance plans have a benefit deadline of December 31st?

There are many dental insurance plans available with different premium amounts and coverages, but most of them have one thing in common – they expire.

What does it really mean? This means that unused funds you have remaining will expire. Most plans do not allow residual funds to roll over into the following year.

What does my dental insurance cover?

Now is the time to review your plan and contact your dental insurance provider to determine if you have benefits available. Many insurance plans cover 100% for preventative care such as biannual checkups, X-rays and professional cleanings. Fillings and simple extractions may have about 70%-80% coverage and, major restorative care such as bridges, root canals and dentures is generally covered at 50%. Dental insurance plans vary and in order to understand your benefits and coverage, we recommend that you contact your dental insurance provider to see what your plan covers.

How to maximize your dental plan?

In order to maximize your benefits make sure to schedule routine cleanings and check-ups. Also, if you have any pain or discomfort schedule your appointment right away, don’t wait for the issue to “resolve itself”. If a problem is caught early on, you may be able to prevent having to spend money on a costly procedure and multiple visits.

The most important part to remember is to schedule your appointments well in advance. This past year has been challenging for many dental offices because of a large increase in patients who are trying to catch up on their routine cleanings. This means that appointment availability might be limited. Do not wait till mid-December to make the call – contact your dentist as soon as you can to avoid the loss of your remaining benefit allowance.

At Dental Health Associates of Madison, we believe seeing the dentist should a normal part of your health routine. Whether you need to come in for a cleaning, exam, or have treatment procedures completed, we will work with you to maximize your unused benefits. Your health is important to us and we want to make sure you get the care you deserve. Call today to get started! 608.284.5400.