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Dental Erosion – Silent and Costly

  The loss of tooth enamel due to acid erosion is a growing epidemic.  A 2012 study found that 22 percent of US adults have acid erosion, which can cause tooth sensitivity, transparency, discoloration and decay. As tough as tooth enamel is, it can be worn down.  Acids from foods and drinks can dissolve the […]

What’s New in Dental Implantology?

“Immediate implants” and “teeth” are the latest buzz words in dentistry.  Do they work?  Yes, but it depends on the unique situation a patient presents with.  It’s great to be able to remove bad teeth and place implants the same day when it is indicated.  After the implants (the foundation)  are placed, a second decision […]

Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores, Part III

Cold sores need to be treated at the prodromal stage.  This stage is just before blisters are noted and when tingling, itching, and burning around the lips is felt. OTC Treatment Cold compress and lubrication are older remedies and can be effective.  Abreva is the only FDA-approved over the counter remedy. In Office Treatment Low-level […]

The Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores, Part II

Laser Treatment of Canker Sore How do we treat canker sores (Apthous Ulcer)? Treatment is pallative,  for comfort only.  These lesions will disappear completely in 7 – 10 days with or without treatment.  The problem is these ulcerated lesions can be quite painful! For a Small Lesion OTC topical anesthetic,  (contains benzocaine, e.g. Orabase with […]

The Difference Between Cold Sores and Canker Sores

Cold Sore (fever blister) Canker Sore (aphthous ulcer) I find patients are frequently confused by these lesions and often use these terms interchangeably.  Canker Sores (recurrent aphthous ulcers) and Cold Sores (recurrent herpes labialis) are two different ailments and require different treatments.  While these conditions are usually not serious, they are very common and painful. […]