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What Is Laser Dentistry Treatment for Lesions?
Laser stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” Simply put, lasers are intense, narrow beams of light energy. Doctors and dentists have safely used lasers in medical and dental procedures for decades. At our Baystate Dental of Harrison locations, we use Biolase® lasers to treat several types of oral lesions.
Our patients find the treatment for canker sores and other lesions that cause discomfort much easier and faster than traditional remedies. People often use medications and home remedies to numb painful lesions or to dry them out so they heal faster. Laser therapy works significantly faster to relieve pain and heal the lesion. Keep reading to learn more about how laser therapy works.
Types of Oral Lesions
We use laser dentistry treatment at our offices to treat the following types of oral lesions:
The Type 1 herpes simplex virus, which is a contagious virus, causes cold sores, or fever blisters. The sores normally heal on their own in about 10 days, but they can cause discomfort in the meantime. Many people also do not want to appear with cold sores on their lips. Fortunately, oral lesions treatment with lasers can work remarkably fast to eliminate the pain and heal the sores.
Canker sores, AKA aphthous ulcers, generally develop inside the mouth. They are shallow lesions that come from trauma, stress or food allergies. The pain from canker sores can make eating painful, even though the sores are harmless. Minor cancer sores can heal by themselves in several weeks, but there are home remedies and medications to speed the healing process and numb the area. The easier treatment for immediate, permeant pain relief is oral lesions treatment with lasers. Treatment can also help prevent you from getting a canker sore in the same place again.
A Hemangioma is a benign lesion consisting of extra blood vessels. It can appear as a flat red spot and become raised over time before disappearing on its own. Hemangiomas can appear anywhere on the body, but it is rare for one to show up in the oral cavity.
The human papillomavirus is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world with 100 known strains. Fortunately, about nine out of 10 cases go away on their own in people with healthy immune systems. HPC is responsible for certain cancers though, including oral cancer. The virus can cause oral lesions. Since the cells in the lesions are in a precancerous state, it’s important to eradicate the lesions.
What Are the Advantages of Laser Therapy for Oral Lesions?
There are many benefits to having a dentist treat your lesions with a laser, including:
- Treatment is painless
- Laser therapy is a quick procedure
- Pain from lesions will disappear right away
- Lesions heal quickly
- No expensive medication is needed
- Healthy tissue isn’t destroyed
What Is the Laser Therapy for Lesions Treatment Process Like?
It is a quick, straightforward procedure. Your dentist will examine the lesion and take a photograph of it to compare it to how it looks after treatment. Your dentist may order an x-ray to see if there are any underlying issues causing the lesion. Treatment itself only lasts about 15 minutes. There is rarely a need to numb the area as you will feel warmth, not pain during the procedure. Your dentist will also provide you with special glasses to wear.
A Case Study in Effective Laser Therapy for Cold Sores
Dentistry Today published a case study which showed how a patient obtained relief from painful lesions caused by a herpes simplex virus outbreak. The 32-year-old male patient went to his dentist complaining of a burning pain on his top dental arch. The pain was so severe, he couldn’t sleep, eat or even speak well.
The dentist recommended treating the lesion with the Biolase Epic X diode laser. The patient reported the procedure was painless; all he felt was warmth. The dentist asked the man to return the next day to evaluate the results. When the dentist questioned the patient, he reported his pain was completely gone. Sleeping, speaking and eating were no longer a problem. The dentist confirmed the lesions were healing rapidly.
Where Can I Find laser Dentistry Treatment for Lesions Near Me?
We have several dental offices in the Springfield area to serve individuals searching for laser dentistry for lesions for themselves or for a loved one. You can call us anytime for more information or to schedule an appointment. For your convenience, you can also book a Baystate Dental of Harrison appointment online.