Our dentists and team provide canker and cold sore treatment to alleviate discomfort and improve your oral and overall health. These treatments are typically provided with a laser, and Dr. Joyce Ma will examine your mouth thoroughly to determine if this type of treatment is right for your needs. Call Precision Digital Dentistry at 908-450-7788 to schedule an appointment and learn more about canker sore treatment in Bridgewater, New Jersey.
Canker sores are small, painful lesions that develop inside the mouth, usually on or under the tongue, inside the cheek or lip, at the base of the gums or on the soft palate. Canker sores are typically white or gray with a red border and are usually preceded by tingling or burning sensations. Many people also confuse canker sores with cold sores, which present around the outside of the mouth in small clusters of blisters and which are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Canker sores, however, are not contagious and will never appear outside the mouth.
There are several factors which may cause canker sores to develop, such as:
- Acidic or citrus foods
- Poorly fitted dentures
- Sharp teeth
- Tissue injury
Cold and canker sores can be painful at first, but your discomfort should begin to fade within a few days and the lesions should heal without treatment in one or two weeks. If the sores persist, are unusually large or painful, or appear to be spreading, treatment may be needed to remove them and help you regain your health. Common treatments include laser therapy, corticosteroid ointment and antimicrobial mouth rinses. Our dentists may also recommend rinsing your mouth with a warm water solution and avoiding eating foods that may irritate the sores, such as acidic or citrus fruits or spicy foods.
Please contact our team if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with our dentists.