If you suffer from recurrent and painful canker sores, chances are you’ve tried all of the at-home remedies to try and get some relief. But those pesky things keep coming back, and nothing you do seems to help. You might be surprised to learn that certain dentist offices, like Dr. Caracioni, are equipped with a pain-free solution to this problem.
Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are small lesions that form in your mouth or at the base of the gums. They can make eating and talking uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful. While they typically heal in one to two weeks, in some cases, they can last much longer. In situations like these, some patients are turning to laser treatments to alleviate their discomfort and speed up the healing process.
Your dentist will use a laser on the affected area. The laser heats the lesion to kill the virus and decreases the nerve activity that causes pain. It’s important to note that the laser doesn’t make contact with your skin but is positioned several millimeters away from the tissue. The treatment typically last 15 minutes. With this type of treatment, pain relief is instant, and the healing time for the canker sore is significantly less.
Canker sores can be a pain, especially if you wear any mouth gear like braces, mouth guards or dentures. While over-the-counter remedies can provide relief for minor outbreaks, larger and more frequent outbreaks may benefit from laser treatment. Contact our office at 785-783-0741 to schedule your appointment for a consultation