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If you’ve ever had a cold sore, canker sore or some other kind of oral lesion, you know how uncomfortable they can be. You also know how much they can impact your quality of life. Advancements made within laser dentistry can address most types of lesions quickly and comfortably, allowing you to get back to your normal life as quickly as possible. All of our Gentle Dental of Shelby Township locations utilize Biolase® advanced laser therapy to treat different types of oral lesions.
Previously, people suffering from lesions of the oral cavity had to use home remedies, medications, topical products, or chemicals to treat their lesions. Not only were some of the treatments uncomfortable, but some of them weren’t all that effective. Laser dentistry treatment gets rid of lesions at their source. It also promotes a faster timeframe for the healing process. Here, we’ll discuss more about what causes different types of oral lesions and how they can be treated via the use of laser dentistry.
What Kind of Oral Lesions Are There?
There are many types of oral lesions that appear within the mouth. Some of these are common and don’t cause a great deal of harm, while others are rare and can be symptoms of a serious problem. Let’s learn about the different characteristics of different kinds of mouth lesions.
Also called aphthous ulcers, canker sores are a common type of lesion that form around the bottom of the gums, as well as on any of the other soft tissues present within the mouth. While harmless, this type of lesion can cause patients to feel a great deal of pain. In most cases, canker sores will heal on their own within two weeks. If you have a canker sore that is still present after two weeks, contact your dentist.
Cold sores are caused by two types of the herpes simplex virus. Also known as fever blisters, cold sores are one of the most commonly diagnosed type of viral infections. They look like fluid-filled blisters and form on or around the lips. Most of the time, cold sores will disappear within two to three weeks. Some people are more prone to developing cold sores than others.
This type of non-cancerous lesion is rubbery in appearance and contains extra blood vessels. It appears as a birthmark that is bright red in color. They develop anywhere on a person’s body, but are most common on the face, scalp, neck and back. They rarely develop within the mouth.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. There are over 100 types of the virus that are known to be in existence. Several types of this virus directly affect the throat and mouth. Oral HPV lesions can form anywhere within your mouth and typically present along with enlarged lymph nodes, sore throats, difficulty swallow, earaches and other symptoms. This disease transforms your healthy cells into abnormal cells that are considered to be precancerous.
The Benefits of Laser Dentistry for Oral Lesions
Laser dentistry treatment offers an array of advantages that other methods of treatment don’t offer. This type of oral lesions treatment:
- Is more precise than alternative treatments and keeps more of your healthy oral tissues in place.
- Tends to use less anesthesia.
- Reduces trauma to your gum tissue.
- Decreases pain and discomfort during your procedure.
- Is faster than other treatments.
- Helps promote a faster healing and recovery process.
- Decreases the necessity of prescription medications and possible drug interactions.
Who Can Provide Me with a Diagnosis for My Oral Lesions?
Your dentist is the best person to go to in order to receive a diagnosis for oral lesions. Your dentist will assess your mouth, searching for lumps, bumps or other abnormal formations. Clinical photographs and x-rays may be taken in order to get a better picture of your lesions and to determine whether or not there are structural issues contributing to your problem.
In the majority of cases, the type of lesion you have will be obvious. This is often the case with canker sores and cold sores. However, if there is anything that appears to be suspicious, your dentist will take a biopsy of the tissue that will be submitted to an outside laboratory for further testing. This biopsy is generally taken at the time of your laser treatment.
What to Know About the Treatment Process
Before you receive your oral lesions treatment, your dentist will administer a localized anesthetic that will numb the affected area. A dental laser will then be utilized to cut away the lesion and cauterize the soft tissue around it. The laser will be programmed at a wavelength that will preserve your healthy oral tissues. You will most likely feel immediate relief from your discomfort and pain once the treatment has concluded.
Successfully Treating Viral Lesions with Laser Dentistry: A Case Study
A case study presented in Dentistry Today shows how effective laser treatment can be for lesions caused via a viral infection. In the past, patients needed to be treated via the use of systemic or topical medications. As the following case study suggests, these types of treatment could be rendered unnecessary due to advancements made within laser dentistry.
The case study details the experience of a male patient who was 32 years old at the time of treatment. The patient was experiencing an outbreak of the herpes simplex virus (HSV) that caused painful lesions along the upper dental arch. These lesions negatively impacted the patient’s daily activities such as eating, sleeping and speaking.
The patient was treated via the use of the Epic X diode laser from Biolase. While undergoing the procedure, the patient report the feeling of some warmth, but no burning or pain. After the session, he was asked to return to the office on the following day to see if a second session would be needed.
The next day, the patient came into the office reporting that his discomfort and pain had entirely subsided and that he could now eat, speak and sleep without any issues. The following examination found that the lesions had undergone healed significantly and were less inflamed.
Learn More by Calling Gentle Dental of Shelby Township
To learn more about how we can assist you in getting rid of your pain and discomfort caused by a cold sore, canker sore or another kind of oral lesion, contact Gentle Dental of Shelby Township. There are multiple locations serving the entire Shelby Township area.