What is a canker sore?
A canker sore is a small, shallow lesion that can develop on the soft tissues of the mouth. Canker sores are not contagious, but they cause discomfort and can make talking and eating difficult. In most cases, canker sores go away in a week or two on their own. However, if you have a particularly large or tender canker sore, Dr. Mina Levi can provide treatment.
How is a canker sore treated?
Our dentist can use a laser to treat a canker sore. Treatment takes about 15 minutes. The laser will kill the virus that causes the canker sore. In addition, the laser will dry out the canker sore, which allows it to heal more quickly. This treatment also helps stop discomfort by sealing off nerve endings to the sore.
What should I expect?
This treatment should not require any anesthesia or injections, as it causes little to no discomfort. Most patients feel better immediately after their treatment. Your canker sore should heal in about 24 hours after treatment. This is a huge improvement over the seven to 10 days that it takes a canker sore to heal on its own.
The best time to have a canker sore treated is when the sore still has a burning or tingling sensation. Although a canker sore can be treated at any point, having our dentist take care of it at this early stage can eliminate the problem faster and can keep the canker sore from developing fully.
To learn more about treatment for canker sores in San Francisco, California, and to schedule a visit, contact California Dental Innovations at 415-513-5066 today.