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What Is Laser Dentistry for Oral Lesions?
Lasers (light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation) can treat a number of dental problems, including oral lesions. If a lesion is causing you discomfort, come to one of our Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven locations for advanced laser therapy with Biolase®. The treatment is painless and the results are fast. Why waste time on home remedies and expensive OTC products to numb the area when laser dentistry treatment can eliminate the problem quickly.
Laser therapy is proven effective and safe at treating lesions in the oral cavity. If you’re suffering from an oral lesion, please continue reading to learn more or contact us for more information.
What Are the Different Types of Oral Lesions?
Some types of oral lesions in the oral cavity are common and harmless. They usually go away in two weeks on their own. In some cases, you can have a lesion that is worrisome, painful or highly contagious.
Also known as fever blisters, cold sores are small, fluid-filled lesions found near the lips. Types of the herpes simplex virus, HSV-1 and HSV-2 are typically the cause.
Cold sores usually are not serious, but they can be if you have a weakened immune system. The sores can heal on their own in several weeks. There are OTC and prescription medications you can take to make them go away if you find them painful or unsightly, however, nothing works faster than laser oral lesions treatment.
Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are one of the most common types of oral lesions. They typically occur when an oral appliance rubs an area inside your mouth or you accidentally bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek. Stress, a food allergy, or another problem may also cause canker sores to appear. Canker sores are painful but harmless, and usually disappear within two or three weeks on their own. If the pain is interfering with eating or speaking, they are easily treated with laser therapy.
Hemangiomas are generally seen on the skin’s surface, but they can develop anywhere, including inside the mouth. They are tumors that are noncancerous, made up of an abnormal cluster of blood vessels. They look like a red or bluish patch and can rise into small, rubbery bumps. Treatment isn’t essential in most cases unless the hemangioma interferes with daily living or the person finds it disfiguring.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the nation, newly infecting about 14 million people every year. Some strains of HPV cause oral lesions anywhere in the mouth, but typically on the roof of the mouth, tongue, and lips. Earaches and sore throats often accompany the lesions. Since they are considered precancerous, it’s important to have them removed before they grow.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Therapy for Oral Lesions?
You will find laser treatment has several advantages for you, including:
- There is less damage to healthy surrounding tissues as the dentist has more precise control with the laser.
- Your dentist can do the procedure without anesthesia.
- You experience no discomfort during treatment.
- Healing and recovery is faster.
- Prescription medications are unnecessary.
How Are Lesions Diagnosed?
Your dentist is the ideal person to determine the type of lesion in your oral cavity. Most are obvious, but your dentist may want to check out any lesion that appears suspicious by taking a soft tissue biopsy.
What Is Laser Therapy Treatment Like?
You will undergo laser therapy without receiving any local anesthesia at the treatment site, this means no needles. There’s no pain involved, but you my feel warmth at the site. You will wear special glasses to protect your eyes. Your dentist will adjust the laser to pinpoint the exact area, so it hits the lesion and leaves the healthy surrounding tissue intact. It only takes a few minutes. Many individuals report almost immediate pain relief. You’ll find the treatment quick and stress-free.
A Case Study: Treatment for Viral Lesions
Dentistry Today reported a male patient, 32-year-old was experiencing pain and burning in his upper jaw. He was having trouble eating and sleeping. His dentist diagnosed a herpes simplex virus (HSV) outbreak. The patient was painlessly treated with an Epic X diode laser from Biolase. Following the laser dentistry treatment, the patient returned the next day, reporting his pain was gone. The dentist verified the lesion had healed significantly.
Contact Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven to Learn More About Oral Lesions Treatment
Are cold sores or canker sores bothering you? If so, contact us to arrange a convenient appointment with one of our dentists at Konikoff Dental Associates Lynnhaven. You can also schedule an appointment online at one of our offices in the Virginia Beach area.