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LASER DENTISTRY – THE DESENSITIZATION OF APHTOUS AND HERPETIC LESIONS 
 
 

Oral lesions are usually represented by the presence of inflammatory conditions , spots or sores in the mouth, lips or tongue area. There are many types of ulcerations  and oral lesions, from which the most common are aphthous lesions and herpes labialis. If you have such a lesion, it is good to know that almost a third of the world population suffers from one of them at  some time during  their  life. However, ulcers, mouth irritations and oral lesions can be painful, unsightly and can affect eating and speaking. Any ulcer that persists for longer than a week should be evaluated by your dentist.

How to treat mouth irritations and oral lesions?

The treatment is specific  to each type of condition. The treatment procedure  for the most common types of ulcers and oral lesions is as follows:

Aphthous lesions – sores usually heals in 7-10 days, but relapses are common. This lesions may get temporary relief by using  topical ointments and non prescription painkillers. The irritation can be reduced by the use of an antimicrobial mouthwash.

 

The Herpes labialis –  Oral Herpes  blisters usually go away after about one week. There is no definitive treatment for herpes infections, the blisters may recur in association with emotional stress, sun exposure, allergies or fever. The patient can get temporary relief using topical anesthetics without a prescription.

The latest generation of treatment for  herpetic lesions  is represented by laser therapy.

The advantages of this treatment are:

  •    Painless Treatment
  •    Non invasive technique
  •    Immediate results
  •    The treatment is fast.

Laser promotes faster healing and reduces  pain by influencing the biological functioning of various cell also  carrying  several benefits for tissue healing and the treatment of the inflammatory condition . The laser energy inactivates the virus and removes it regardless of the lesions evolution stage. The result is stopping the evolution and promoting  lesion withdraw and healing at the same time desensitizing the nerve  endings , therefore lowering symptoms such as  itching, burning and pain.

The treatment procedure usually takes 90 seconds and can be repeated depending on the stage of the lesion to be treated; anesthesia is not required. After the treatment, the treated area is slightly numb. Numbness is normal and may persist for up to a few days.