cold and/or canker sore treatment can be an effective method for alleviating symptoms

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Cold and Canker Sores Treatment in rockford, dixon, janesville, and madison

Cold sores develop as a result of a viral infection. Cold sores typically begin with a burning or tingling sensation, followed by the development of blisters that form around your mouth, most typically under your chin, around your lips, or under your nose. These fluid-filled blisters can be very painful and are extremely contagious. Eventually the blisters will break, after which a crust forms over the sore. Cold sores typically take two to four weeks to fully heal. Cold sores may be treated using ointments, pills, or skin creams if caught early enough, and if the lesion is caught in time, laser treatment administered by a periodontist can prevent cold sores from developing.

Canker sores are small ulcers that can develop in your mouth that typically have a yellow or white center surrounded by a red border. Canker sores typically develop in the back of the throat, under the tongue, or inside the cheeks or lips. It is not known what causes canker sores to develop, but the most common causes are believed to be tissue injury, stress, and/or certain acidic or citrus fruits and vegetables. Patients who have orthodontic appliances (dentures or braces) are also be at an increased risk of triggering canker sores, as are people with autoimmune conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, or pernicious anemia.

Although it may not be possible to eliminate cold or canker sores from forming, scheduling an appointment for cold and/or canker sore treatment can be an effective method for alleviating symptoms and reducing your risk of developing similar issues in the future. With over 60,000 dental surgeries performed and over 20,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for cold or canker sore treatment, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our offices today.

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Rockford, ILLINOIS

1055 Featherstone Road, Suite B
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 261-1739
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Dixon, IL 61201
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111 North Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545
(608) 208-1576
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Madison, WI 53719
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Dr. Lindman is a native of Rockford. Dr. Lindman received his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. His graduate training in periodontics was completed at Northwestern University College of Dentistry Where he received a Certificate Degree in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree.


Dr. Burch grew up in Villa Park, IL. Dr. Burch attended Eastern Illinois University, where he majored in Biochemistry. Dr. Burch earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  He received his Certificate Degree in Periodontics and Master of Science from Saint Louis University.


Dr. Hull grew up in Monmouth, IL. Dr. Hull earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University and his Certificate in Periodontics from Saint Louis University, Department of Periodontics. While at Saint Louis University, Dr. Hull completed an anesthesia program and uses sedation and pain control techniques in his practice.


Dr. Andreasen grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clemson University. She attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Andreasen continued there to complete a residency in Periodontics and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry.


Dr. Novin Pishevar grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health with a focus on aging populations from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After college, Dr. Pishevar received his dental education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Benefits of Cold or Canker Sore Treatment

There are many benefits to removing a cold or canker sore using a laser, including the following:

  • Affordable
  • Virus that is causing the sore is destroyed by the laser
  • Provides immediate and significant relief
  • Halts the progression of the lesion
  • Treatment can be completed in minutes
  • Anesthesia not required
  • Inhibits the progression and reoccurrence of cold and canker sores in that location

Cold and Canker Sore Treatment Expectations

It is best to treat cold and canker sores as early as possible, as doing so reduces the risk of an ulcer or blister developing. Most patients can be seen for treatment within 24 hours of calling the office.  Once the cold or canker sore becomes ulcerated, it may still be beneficial to use laser treatment to decrease the pain and speed up the healing process, however once the sore has begun to crust or form a scab, laser treatment will no longer be an option.

Laser treatment of cold and canker sores begins with heating the lesion with the tip of the laser, which is positioned approximately seven millimeters from the tissue. The laser will not touch your skin, but the heat from the laser will kill the virus and encourage the healing process to begin. Treatment time can vary, but typically takes around 15 minutes, after which most patients experience immediate relief.

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Aftercare Following Cold/Canker Sore Treatment

You will not have to follow any special aftercare instructions following your cold or canker sore treatment, however there are several things you can do to reduce the likelihood of developing cold or canker sores in the future. One of the most important steps you can take as part of your cold or canker sore treatment is to reduce your anxiety. Make an active effort to get plenty of rest and set aside time every day for relaxation. Another step you can take is to avoid biting the inside of your tongue or cheek, as this can increase your risk of developing cold or canker sores. It is also helpful to avoid eating foods that are spicy, hot, or acidic.

Although there is no definitive way to prevent cold or canker sores from developing, following these guidelines in conjunction with cold and canker laser treatment will significantly reduce your risk of developing similar issues in the future.

To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for cold / canker sore treatment, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.

Cost of Cold/Canker Sore Treatment

The cost of cold and canker sore treatment will depend on several factors, such as whether dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.

If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.

Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.