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What is Laser Dentistry Treatment for Lesions in the Oral Cavity?
Are oral lesions causing you discomfort or embarrassment? No one like a cluster of cold sores on their lower lip or a painful canker sore hurting every time they eat. Traditional remedies included putting a numbing agent on the site to ease the pain or using medication to dry out the sores, but there is a better way to get relief.
Safe laser therapy can quickly eliminate oral lesions and the pain they may cause. You can come to one of our offices in the Annapolis area and get instant, pain-free relief from the discomfort. Laser therapy works much faster and is more effective than conventional treatments.
Types of Oral Lesions
We can quickly and effectively treat different types of oral lesions, including:
Canker sores usually develop inside the mouth including on the gums, tongue and the inside of the cheeks. They come from minor injuries, like biting your tongue, stress, food allergies, and more. They are not visible to others, nor are they contagious, but they can hurt. Eating and talking can be painful. Sometimes they tingle or burn before the sore appears. A small canker sore can heal on its own in about two weeks. Painful sores used to be treated with numbing agents and prescription and OTC medications, but none of these treatments stop the pain instantly and heal the canker sore as quickly as laser treatment.
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, usually appear on the lips or by the nose. You know you’re getting one when you feel a tingling or burning sensation. Cold sores often cause pain or irritation when they erupt. Until they heal on their own in about 10 days, cold sores are contagious. The herpes simplex causes cold sores. Once you contract the virus, it remains in your skin for life, so cold sores may reoccur. Stress, changing hormones or a weakened immune system can trigger a reoccurrence.
Most hemangiomas appear on the surface of the skin and occasionally in the oral cavity or on internal organs. A hemangioma is a noncancerous tumor made up of a collection of blood vessels. It starts out as a red mark on the skin and can raise up into a spongy bump. Most resolve on their own, but treatment can be necessary if the oral hemangioma interferes with chewing, speaking or is disfiguring.
The human papillomavirus is the world’s most common sexually transmitted disease with over 100 known strains. Some strains may cause lesions in parts of the body with a moist lining, like the oral cavity. These oral lesions are considered abnormal and precancerous.
What Advantages Does Oral Lesions Treatment with Lasers Provide?
Some of the many advantages include:
- Pain-free procedures
- No needles
- Treatment is quick
- Instant pain relief
- No over-the-counter or prescription medication needed
- Treatment is affordable
How Can I Get My Oral Lesion Diagnosed?
Our dentists at our Dental One Associates of Annapolis location can diagnose your lesion and recommend treatment. Diagnosis starts with an exam as several types of oral lesions are obvious upon visual inspection. Your dentist will also ask you about whether you have pain or other symptoms. In some cases, the dentist will take an x-ray or a tissue sample for a biopsy.
How Is Oral Lesion Treatment Performed?
Before your dentist begins treatment, he or she may administer a local anesthesia, although it usually isn’t necessary. One of our dentists will use a laser to remove the lesion and cauterize the tissue surrounding it. The healthy tissue around the lesion will remain intact. You will most likely experience immediate pain relief, and you can expect rapid healing.
A Case Study Highlighting the Success of Laser Dentistry for Oral Lesions
A case study published in Dentistry Today shows the effectiveness of Epic X diode lasers from Biolase in treating viral lesions caused by a herpes simplex virus outbreak.
A 32-year-old man sought treatment for a painful burning in his upper arch. He was having difficulty speaking, chewing and sleeping because of the pain. His dentist diagnosed the lesions and treated them with a soft tissue laser. Treatment was quick and painless. The patient only felt warmth at the site while being treated. The dentist asked his patient to return the next day to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. During the subsequent visit, the patient reported his pain had vanished. The dentist confirmed significant healing occurred.
How Do I Schedule a Laser Dentistry Treatment?
In the Annapolis area, you can contact one of our Dental One Associates of Annapolis locations to make an appointment. You can also arrange an appointment online. One of our experienced dentists can diagnose your lesion and recommend the nest treatment.