Treatment of Canker Sores and Herpes Lesions Using Dental Diode Lasers
With latest advancements in Laser dentistry, previously untreatable and unsightly oral lesions such as Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers or Oral Herpetic lesions (HSV-1), can now be vaporized and eliminated in as short as 1 or 2 appointments by application of BioLase laser at Modern Smiles dental office in North Hollywood.
Oral Apthous ulcers (canker sores) and Herpatic lesions are common oral diseases, which can be very painful and unsightly. Traditionally these lesions were treated with expensive antiviral medications such as Acyclovir or difficult to apply oral gels and steroids such as Dexamethasone, which came with a variety of undesired side effects and had delayed results.
New Diode lasers such as Biolase Epic X used by Dr. Tajik at Modern Smiles, use a deep penetrating laser light to activate photo-stimulation within cells of the body and eliminate pathogens by selectively targeting viral and bacterial components. The significant added benefit of this treatment is accelerated wound healing and immediate pain relief and expedited destruction of pathogens.
Treatment of Canker Sores – Recurrent Aphthous Ulcers
Aphthous ulcers, commonly known as canker sores, are one of the most common oral lesions affecting about 10% of the population. These lesions are categorized as either Minor when they are 3-10mm in size, Major when more than 10mm in size, or as Herpetiform when they present as multiple connecting masses. Although, the exact cause of this ulcer is unknown, it is thought to be either viral or autoimmune and possibly originating from factors such as citrus fruits, trauma, immune disease, stress, lack of sleep, and some Vitmain deficiencies. Although these lesions often resolve overtime, they can last a while and be very painful. Also, without definitive treatment these lesions tend to recur frequently and affect your ability to enjoy your favorite foods.
With low level laser light treatment these lesions can be effectively removed and treated in a short 30 min appointment without the need of anesthetic injections. Clinical research studies have shown that 75% of patients treated with Diode lasers reported a reduction in pain in the same session and total elimination of the lesion in as short as 4 days. Same lesions treated with traditional steroid medications took 7 days to resolve and if untreated over 14 days. Diode lasers quicker healing and reduced pain make it the ideal choice for treatment of these lesions and reducing their rate of recurrence.
Treatment of Recurrent Herpetic Simplex Lesions (HSV-1)
Oral herpes, also known as cold sores, is a chronic viral disease caused by the HSV-1 strain. The lesions are usually characterized by visible fluid filled blisters that can occur around the lip line or inside the mouth. Most people are exposed to the HSV-1 virus in childhood, however, only a small percentage develop the recurrent form of the disease which can very painful and unsightly.
These lesions generally have a lifespan of 10-14 days as the body tries to heal and clear out the viral infection. As of today, there no definitive cures for permanent removal of the virus, however, diode laser treatments can help significantly shorten the healing period and in some instances stop the recurrence of the lesion.
Traditional treatments with antiviral medications such as Acyclovir can help speed up healing of lesions, and reduce their rate of reappearance, however these medications have unwanted side effects and can be very expensive.
Diode lasers have been found to be very effective, 100% at the prodromal (prior to appearance of lesion) stages, 95% in the vesicular (lesion) and 91% at crust (scar formation) stages in destroying the pathogen in the first 48 hours of their onset with almost no side effects or discomfort. Additional studies have confirmed benefits of diode laser therapy in reducing pain and improving healing in comparison to traditional antiviral medications. The enhanced mechanism of action of the laser irradiation is due to its ability to limit the viral replication from cell to cell and photo stimulation of your own immune response to clear out the pathogens.
Diode based LLLT, low level laser therapy, has proven to be an effective and safe method of treatment for many oral lesions without any of the downsides or difficulties of traditional oral gels and medications. If you or a loved one is suffering from one of these conditions call our dental office in North Hollywood at (818) 763-9353 to see Dr. Tajik or go online to schedule your free consultation.