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Laser Treatment for Ulcers & Cold Sores

Laser therapy has been used in dentistry for a number of years to treat gum disease, reshape gum tissue for a more balanced smile and even to detect tooth decay. Now, Woodlands laser dentist Dr. Taylor can use laser treatment for mouth ulcers and cold sores. Laser treatment, also called laser therapy, has proven to be highly effective and offers several advantages over traditional treatments.

What is a Mouth Ulcer?

A mouth ulcer is commonly known as a canker sore. The dental term for these is Aphthous ulcers and they are often painful sores that develop inside the cheeks and lips, on the tongue or on the palate (roof of the mouth). Most of the time they are small round ulcers that are either white or yellow and may have a red border. They can become very painful if you happen to catch one between your teeth as you bite or while you are speaking. Dentists are not certain why they develop, but they often show up as a result of stress, lack of sleep or accidentally biting soft tissue. Spicy or acidic foods can lead to a canker sore or make one worse, and certain medical conditions are associated with Aphthous ulcers including Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel diseases, a faulty immune system and immunosuppressive illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.

What is a Cold Sore?

Cold sores or fever blisters are small fluid-filled sacks that typically develop in clusters on the lips or near the mouth. They are caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV-1) and are contagious even if the sores are not visible. Once a person has contracted the virus, it remains present but inactive most of the time. However, the virus can be reactivated by triggers that include stress, illness, sun and wind exposure or injury to the affected area.

Before an outbreak, many people notice certain warning signs at the site such as a tingling sensation, itching, pain or even a fever, sore throat or swollen glands.

Laser Treatment for Canker Sores and Cold Sores

With laser dentistry, Woodlands dentist Dr. Taylor is able to reduce the pain of both mouth ulcers or cold sores and shorten the healing time. Laser treatment stimulates the growth of cells that play an integral role in wound healing. Thus, the size of these lesions is more rapidly reduced and the healing process is accelerated. Many patients experience pain relief immediately after laser treatment and in some cases, cold sores can be prevented entirely if treatment happens during the early warning stages.

We proudly serve patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Houston and surrounding communities. Call the Woodlands dentist today to schedule your laser treatment.


Services from your Woodland Dentist

When you have a family to take care of, time can be in short supply. That’s why we provide a wide variety of dental services that can help smiles of all ages, eliminating tedious visits to other offices. From routine hygiene to revitalizing restorative care to Invisalign treatment and much more, Dr. Taylor, the dentist Woodlands residents trust, and his team have the skills and dedication needed to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

At the foundation of our services is your twice-yearly dental checkup. These appointments serve as the baseline from which we develop a treatment plan to help you maintain your best oral health. Beyond cleaning and polishing your teeth, one of our skilled hygienists will also examine your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay or gum disease. Periodically, we will also take digital x-rays to find any concerns that are not visible to the naked eye, such as a cavity between two teeth or infection developing deep inside a tooth. Another very important component of a checkup is an oral cancer screening. This disease is highly treatable and curable when found early.

Similarly, other oral and dental health concerns are relatively easy to treat when found sooner rather than later. Some of the restorative treatments Dr. Taylor offers to repair your smile include:

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dentures and Partials
  • All Porcelain Crown, Inlays and Onlays
  • Root Canals
  • CEREC one-visit crowns and other restorations
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

For those times when you want to enhance your smile, we have a number of cosmetic treatments. One of the most cost-effective is teeth whitening with Zoom! Whitening. In just one appointment, you can have a smile that is several shades brighter and whiter.

Have a chipped or slightly cracked tooth? Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin material to rebuild and reshape your tooth. If you have several teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshaped or slightly misaligned, then consider porcelain veneers. These coverings are adhesively bonded to your teeth, so you can present an aesthetically pleasing smile to family, friends and colleagues.

We proudly serve patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Houston and surrounding communities. Call our office in The Woodlands, TX today to schedule an appointment for yourself or another member of your family.

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It’s time to start enjoying a happier, healthier smile. Dr. Taylor and his team can’t wait to welcome you here in the Woodlands. Request an appointment today!

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