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 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 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 Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.