Canker Sores are small, shallow ulcers that can appear in the mouth and make speaking and eating very uncomfortable. They can range in size and may also appear in multiple areas at the same or varying times.
The exact cause of canker sores in unknown; however, they often appear as a result of stress or tissue injury (i.e. from a sharp tooth or dental appliance, braces, ill fitting dentures, or even the bristles of a toothbrush). Sometimes certain spices or acidic foods or beverages can trigger a sore or make them worse. In some cases, canker sores are caused by an underlying health condition or compromised immune system. Other factors may include nutritional deficiencies and gastrointestinal tract disease.
Symptoms of a canker sore may include:
In the case of a severe canker sore attack, you may also experience:
Any pain from a canker sore will start to diminish after a few to several days, and the sores usually heal without treatment in about a week or two.
Sometimes an antimicrobial mouth rinse may be prescribed, or a corticosteroid ointment, or a prescription or a nonprescription solution to reduce the pain and irritation. However, a more direct and immediate way of treating the sore and relieving discomfort is through the use of a dental soft tissue laser. This treatment is quick, comfortable, inexpensive, and incredibly effective. Through biostimulation, using light energy, we can relieve discomfort, by sealing off nerve endings, and promote faster healing. These sores can be treated without the use of anesthesia.
Although there is no cure for canker sores and they often reoccur, you may be able to reduce their frequency by:
You should call your Dentist about canker sores if you have:
What are the benefits of using a laser in treating Canker Sores?
After treatment, sores reoccur with less intensity and frequency at the same location.
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