Cold sore, fever blister, or herpes– these are common names for the contagious viral outbreak that can show up right on your face for the entire world to see. They tend to pop up at the worst possible times, like on the morning of your dental appointment. If you find yourself in this situation, you might be asking, “Should I cancel my dental appointment”?
The dentists in Virginia Beach typically abide by the CDC’s recommendation that “only emergency treatment for dental conditions and treatment of the actual lesion should be performed. No other treatment should be rendered.” This means that non-emergency treatments like cleanings and fillings should be postponed, but the dentist may have you to come into the office for an antiviral prescription or for a laser treatment.
It isn’t always possible to avoid coming into the dental office when you have a fever blister, so the dental team routinely practices standard precautions with every patient during every dental procedure. Still, there is a high chance that the lesion could be aggravated, and the virus could be spread to your eyes or to other people, and that’s why it’s generally best to stay at home.
Dentists also advise you to use extreme caution when you have a visible blister. Prevent the spread of the contagious lesion by avoiding direct skin to skin contact in the affected area. Certain prescription and over the counter medications can speed the healing process and reduce your discomfort, but breakouts tend to take 7-10 days to heal on their own. In some instances, the dentist might recommend treating the lesion with a laser which kills the virus and shortens its lifespan by several days.
If your scheduled dental visit happens to fall on the day that you also have a cold sore, it is best to reschedule your elective treatment until the blister is no longer visible. For more help with fever blisters and cold sores, contact a Virginia Beach dentist today.