Sometimes, the dental treatments carried out by your dentist in Valencia can produce small lesions in the oral and perioral mucosa that can frequently lead to the appearance of cold sores. Intervention in the periodontal tissues in some dental treatments or some dental extractions can lead to the appearance of recurrent cold or oral herpes.
It is a very recurrent infection. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus type I against which it is estimated that 90% of the population have antibodies. These occur after a first infection, which elicits a specific immune response. It is transported to the ganglia through the sensory nerves, remaining there in a state of latency.
Its first appearance usually occurs in childhood and after first signs such as itching, tingling or burning in the perioral area, it causes symptoms such as fever, fatigue, chills, muscle pain and of course, oral lesions of between 1 and 3 mm, which they can join in others of greater size and that can last up to 14 days in stages of erythema, papule, gallbladder, ulcer and scab. Once all the phases subside, the healing is complete, without scars.
They can cause injury to both gingival and dental tissues, and can lead to recessions or pulpitis.
Meanwhile, it is advisable to interrupt any type of dental intervention by your dentist in Valencia until the complete remission of the infection. There is a risk of patient-doctor cross infection either by direct contact or through aerosols, which can affect oral, ocular or finger mucous membranes.
Given the viral nature of recurrent cold sores and its potential contagion, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene. If this is difficult due to the lesions, it is advisable to replace brushing with antiseptic mouthwashes without alcohol twice a day, which will also prevent superinfection of the lesions. Hand hygiene is also necessary to avoid transmission to other areas.
Currently the preventive treatment of recurrent cold sores is based on:
Sun protection (SPF 15 or higher).
Oral systemic acyclovir
Oral systemic valaciclovir
There are also other types of preventive treatments, such as laser phototherapy, which accelerate healing and healing, reduce size, discomfort, edema and stimulate the patient’s immune response. Topical or oral systemic pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or benzocaine, will help you cope with the discomfort.
In case of discomfort to ingest food and liquids, your dentist in Valencia will recommend you to follow a soft diet supplemented with nutritional supplements, avoiding alcohol and both acidic and carbonated drinks, mouthwashes with alcohol or spicy foods. On the contrary, fresh food or drinks will provide some degree of symptomatic relief.
Call us and make your first appointment online or through the phone. 96 3303344 or 96 0500242 or on our page www.clinicadentalponssoria.com and consult with your dentist in Valencia.
We will be happy to assist you at our clinic on Calle Alfredo Torán y Olmos, 7 (corner of Avda. Francia, 27) Valencia.
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