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Is Laser Dentistry for Oral Lesions New?
In 1990, the first laser for dentistry was developed. Multiple uses have been found for lasers in dental treatments, from removing decay to treating cold sores, canker sores and other lesions in the mouth. At our Dental One Associates of Frederick locations, our dentists use laser treatments to shorten the healing time from lesion removal significantly and to stop any discomfort. While there are antiviral medications that can also speed up the healing time, they do not work as fast as laser treatments. We’re proud to offer Biolase® advanced laser treatments to our patients who want to get rid of oral lesions at our locations in the Frederick area.
Types of Oral Lesions People Develop
An oral lesion can be painful or annoying, but it usually isn’t dangerous. In rare cases, a lesion can be precancerous and should be removed. Typical types of oral lesions that appear in the oral cavity include:
A canker sore, also known as an aphthous ulcer, is a painful ulcer in the oral cavity. They are usually red and inflamed, with a yellowish or white center. Canker sores are usually caused by a mouth injury, such as metal braces rubbing against a spot, food allergies or a viral infection. Stress can even cause the ulcers to appear. While the lesion will heal on its own in several weeks, and they are not contagious, they can be painful and make chewing difficult.
People usually develop cold sores on their lips. The herpes simplex virus causes the lesions. You may notice the site itches a day or so before the cold sore develops. Next, you’ll see one or more fluid-filled blisters appear, and once the blister bursts, you will have a painful sore. Once the sore dries out, a scab appears. In about two weeks, the scab will fall off. Complications are rare, but treatment is recommended as sores are contagious until they dry out. Traditional treatments include home remedies, OTC and prescription medications. If you want rapid results, ask one of our dentists about laser dentistry treatment for cold sores.
A hemangioma is a collection of abnormal blood vessels that form a benign tumor. One can form anywhere on or in the body, including in skin and oral cavity. Most appear on the neck or face. Hemangiomas can vary in color, but most are bright red. Most individuals seek treatment because the lesions are unsightly or interfere with eating if they are in the mouth.
According to the CDC, 14 million people develop the human papilloma virus each year, making it the number one sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Some types of the affect the mouth and throat, causing sores or red or white patches that don’t go away on their own. HPV oral lesions can be precancerous, so it is important to have any unusual oral lesions that don’t go away in two weeks examined by your dentist.
How Do I Get an Oral Lesion Diagnosed?
While you may be familiar with cold sores or canker sores if you get them frequently, only a doctor or dentist can make a definitive diagnosis. Your dentist can usually diagnose types of oral lesions by examining them. He or she may take a biopsy of the lesion if it could be an HPV lesion or if your dentist suspects anything unusual.
What Is the Laser Dentistry Treatment Process?
Unlike most dental procedures, oral lesions treatment with a laser rarely requires your dentist to numb the area with a local anesthetic. You’ll most likely just feel warmth at the site, but no pain. Your dentist will adjust the laser to target the lesion only, leaving healthy tissue intact. During the treatment, you’ll wear a pair of special glasses to protect your eyes. The treatment only takes a few minutes and most patients report immediate pain relief afterward.
A Case Study Shows the Benefit of Laser Dentistry for Oral Lesions
Dentistry Today published a case study involving a male with herpes simplex virus lesions on his upper dental arch. The lesions were causing him discomfort, making it difficult for him to speak, eat, or sleep.
The patient’s dentist suggested laser therapy using using the Epic X diode laser from Biolase. Treatment was uneventful, with the patient feeling warmth but no pain. Asked to return the next day for an examination, the patient’s lesions had healed significantly. He could eat, speak and sleep once again without discomfort.
Where Can I Find Oral Lesions Treatment with Lasers in Frederick?
Do you have an oral lesion or more than one that is bothering you? If so, call us to make an appointment with one of our Dental One Associates of Frederick dentists. You can also book your appointment online. We have several local offices serving Frederick.