Other Treatments

Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers)

One of the most painful, frequently occurring conditions that plague patients is canker sores on the cheeks, lips, tongue, gums, or palate. They can even occur outside of, but close to, the mouth. Fortunately, whether you treat them or not, canker sores usually disappear in about one week or a little longer. The cause of these objectionable sores is unknown, but fatigue, some foods, irritation with with a sharp object or toothbrush, emotional distress, or other reasons are potential causes.

What can you do about canker sores?
  • Avoid irritating or abrading the soft tissue of the mouth.
  • When a canker sore is present, don't irritate it, brush it, or eat hot, spicy foods.
  • Pharmacies have many drying, numbing, or protective ointments that can relieve the discomfort. Ask us for a product recommendation.
  • Temporary relief can be obtained by sucking on an ice cube.
  • If there are multiple canker sores present, we can prescribe medication to assist in controlling the problem.
  • Advanced laser dentistry treatment

Aphthous Ulcers Treatment - PerioLase MVP-7 Dental Laser

Aphthous ulcers are painful, yet generally disappear without treatment in 10-14 days. Ulcers aren’t infectious and tend to recur less with age. The cause is not known, but related factors include injury, changes in hormone levels, lack of iron, food allergies, stress, and certain medications.

Benefits of PerioLase MVP-7 dental laser treatment:

  • Eliminates pain associated with the aphthous ulcer
  • Increases patient convenience by avoiding having to reschedule appointment because of pain from site
  • For particular large ulcers, treatment can speed the healing process