Cold Sore Treatments

Cold sores can be painful and embarrassing. Our skilled dental team offers laser cold sore treatment to provide you relief, so you can get smiling again with confidence.

Cold Sore Treatment in Deer Park, TX

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.

The lower half of a man's face with a red target over the corner of his lips signaling a cold sore
  • 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.

  • How are cold sores treated?

    If you feel the initial tingling sensation that accompanies a cold sore outbreak, call your dentist right away. He or she can diagnose a cold sore during a routine exam and then determine if laser treatment is right for you. Laser treatment works by destroying the virus and stopping the progression of the cold sore.

    Here are the typical recovery times you can anticipate:

    • Two days with laser treatment
    • Four to five days without laser treatment
    • Three to four days with ointment or cream

    Fully developed lesions may not be treatable with our laser, so it’s important to catch the outbreak as soon as possible.

  • What causes cold sores?

    Cold sores are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around your lips which 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 by 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.

    Once you’ve had an infection, the virus typically lies dormant in nerve cells in your skin. Cold sores emerge again over time. This can be triggered by:

    • Viral infection or fever
    • Hormonal changes
    • Stress
    • Fatigue
    • Exposure to sunlight and wind
    • Changes in the immune system
    • Injury to the skin
  • How do you treat cold sores at home?

    • Use an over-the-counter topical cream to reduce discomfort
    • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetominophen
    • Avoid acidic foods, such as tomatoes and citrus fruits – Get plenty of rest and drink fluids.

    If these treatments do not help after several weeks, schedule an appointment with us at your next convenience!

More Questions?

If you have more questions about cold sore treatment and the procedures used by TexSmiles Dental, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.