Lasers in Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery

Lasers can be used to treat recurrent aphthous ulcers (cold sores). This is a very fast, efficient and painless method to immediately treat these painful mouth sores. Dr. Convissar wrote the first scientific paper on treatment of recurrent aphthous ulcers with multiple laser wavelengths in 1992.

These photos show a patient with a very painful cold sore inside his lower lip just before and one week after treatment 

Lasers are also used routinely to biopsy suspicious looking growths in the mouth. Photo #1 shows a patient with a white patch on her gums that looks like it might be a pre-cancerous or cancerous growth. Photo #2 shows the area 2 weeks after a successful laser biopsy and laser removal of the white patch.

Photo #3 shows a suspicious growth on a patient’s tongue. Photo #4 shows the tongue immediately after successful removal of the suspicious growth.