Cold Sore Treatment
Cold sores can be painful and embarrassing. Our skilled dental team offers laser cold sore treatment to provide you relief and get you smiling again.
Cold Sore Treatment in Nashville, TN
Without treatment, cold sores typically heal within a few days of the initial breakout and vanish within a few weeks. Creams, ointments, and over-the-counter treatments can shorten healing times to three or four days. However, we have determined that diagnosing the outbreak early and administering the laser treatment can greatly improve healing times and sometimes prevent cold sores altogether.
What are cold sores?
Cold sores, also known as herpetic lesions, are small blisters that appear on the lip and around the mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex (HSV-1) infection. Cold sore breakouts are a common occurrence that affects an estimated 67% of the global population. While there is no cure for HSV-1, healing time can be improved through laser treatment.
What causes cold sores?
Cold sores are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips and are often grouped together in patches. After the blisters break, a crust forms over the resulting sore and will usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar.
Cold sores spread from person to person through close contact, such as kissing. They’re caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) closely related to the one that causes genital herpes (HSV-2). They are contagious even if you can’t see them yet.
If you have more questions about cold sore treatment, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.