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Canker sores, cold sores and other kinds of oral lesions can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. They can also significantly impact your overall quality of life. Luckily, treatments utilizing advanced laser dentistry can treat various kinds of mouth lesions efficiently and comfortably, allowing you to get back to your normal activities as soon as possible. Gentle Dental of Westland locations make use of advanced laser therapies via Biolase®.
Before these innovative laser treatments were developed, patients had to use home remedies, medications, topical products or chemicals to treat an oral lesion. These treatment methods can be uncomfortable and ineffective. Laser dentistry gets rid of the issue at its source and allows for the affected area to be healed quickly and comfortably. Continue reading to learn more about the causes and symptoms of different types of oral lesions, as well as about how laser dentistry can remedy these conditions.
Types of Oral Lesions
There are a variety of different types of oral lesions. Some of them are common and harmless, while others are more severe and rare. Let’s learn more about the symptoms of these different types of lesions that can be found within the oral cavity.
Canker sores are also known as aphthous ulcers. They are incredibly common and appear around the base of the gums or on any of the soft tissues within the mouth. These lesions can be quite painful, yet they are harmless. If you’ve developed a canker sore that doesn’t heal on its own within two weeks, contact your dentist.
Cold sores are also known as fever blisters. They are usually caused by type 1 or 2 of the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores are the most common type of viral infection of the mouth. This type of lesion appears as a fluid-filled blister on or around a patient’s lips. Cold sores usually go away on their own in approximately two to three weeks. Some people are more prone to developing cold sores than others.
This type of legion appears as a bright red birthmark. Hemangiomas are non-cancerous legions that are rubbery in appearance and are comprised of extra blood vessels. They can form anywhere on the body, but are most common on the neck, back, face and scalp – and in rare cases, the oral cavity.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is an incredibly common sexually transmitted disease. There are over 100 different types of this virus, and there are multiple subtypes that impact the mouth and throat. Oral HPV lesions can form anywhere within your oral cavity and are frequently accompanied by symptoms such as sore throats, earaches, difficulty swallowing, enlarged lymph nodes and more. The HPV virus turns healthy cells into abnormal cells that are considered to be precancerous. These lesions must be removed in order to prevent them from growing larger and more severe.
The Benefits of Laser Therapy for Oral Lesions Treatment
There are a number of benefits to utilizing laser dentistry for oral lesions. For instance, this treatment method:
- Is more precise compared to other procedures, which means that it preserves more healthy tissue within the mouth
- Utilizes less anesthesia
- Lessens trauma to the gums
- Reduces discomfort and pain during the treatment
- Is faster than other treatment options
- Promotes faster healing and recovery
- Reduces the use of prescription medications and lessens the risks of drug interactions
How Are Oral Lesions Diagnosed?
Before you can undergo oral lesions treatment, you first need to be properly diagnosed by a dentist. Your dentist will assess your mouth, looking at the lips, cheeks, tongue, gums, and palate for any bumps, lumps or other kinds of abnormalities. Your dentist may wish to take clinical photographs and an x-ray. This helps to ensure that there are no issues within the underlying structures of your mouth.
In most instances, the type of oral lesion that you have will be easily diagnosed. Cold sores and canker sores are common and easy to spot. If your dentist notices anything abnormal, he or she will take a soft tissue biopsy. If this happens, a tiny portion of the impacted tissue will be taken out and sent to a laboratory for testing. The biopsy is usually done alongside laser therapy.
What Do I Need to Know About the Treatment Process?
Before your laser treatment begins, your dentist will utilize a local anesthetic to keep the area numb. The dental laser is then utilized to remove the lesion and cauterize the tissues surrounding it. Your dentist adjusts the laser to a wavelength that ensures that the problematic area is removed while keeping healthy oral tissues intact. The majority of patients state that they feel immediate pain relief after their treatment. They also report fast healing times.
A Case Study on Laser Dentistry Treatment for Viral Lesions
In the past, viral oral lesions have been treated via the use of topical or systemic medications. However, a case outlined in Dentistry Today shows how successful laser therapy can be when used to treat viral lesions.
In this case, a 32-year-old male reported having generalized pain within the upper dental arch. This pain was interfering with activities such as eating, speaking and sleeping. The patient was diagnosed with an outbreak of the herpes simplex virus.
After a diagnosis, the patient’s dentist used the Epic X Diode Laser from Biolase to treat the viral lesion. While being treated, the patient reported feeling some warmth, but no burning sensations or pain. After receiving laser dentistry treatment, the patient was instructed to return on the following day in case a second treatment was necessary.
On the next day, the patient returned to the office and stated that the pain and discomfort was gone. He was able to resume normal activities such as eating, speaking and sleeping. Upon examination, it was found that the lesions weren’t as inflamed as the day before and that the area had healed significantly.
Call Gentle Dental of Westland to Learn More
If you’ve been experiencing discomfort or pain caused by canker sores, cold sores or other lesions of the oral cavity, contact a dentist at Gentle Dental of Westland. We have multiple locations that serve the Westland area. You can book your appointment with us via phone or online.