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!
Many treatments are available, but my preferred treatment is low-level laser treatment. This usually provides immediate pain relief.
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.
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 laser treatment
Denavir (penciclovir) is an anti-viral prescription medicine. This is my favorite treatment for patients who have recurrent episodes of cold sores. It is best to keep this prescription handy and apply when symptoms are first noted and before the outbreak is more severe.
NEW WINDSOR — Dr. John F.
Carpenter of New Windsor was
with a Congressional
and the Humanitarian
Award. He was
sponsored by U.S.
Rep. Sean Patrick
Maloney and Sen.
These awards recognize Carpenter’s
to improving the lives of others
for the past 3 decades” and “his
dedication to the betterment of
Carpenter has volunteered
for the Donated Dental Services
(DDS) Program of New York
since its inception. This program
allows the elderly, disabled and
fi nancially challenged to receive
dental care. As a volunteer at
Westchester Medical Center’s
Department of Dental Medicine,
Carpenter teaches and mentors
dental residents with the planning
and execution of all phases
of dentistry. The residents are in
their fi nal year of training after
completing four years of dental
Carpenter is a member of multiple
dental organizations as well
as a lecturer and author of many
articles on dental implantology.
He is a Master of the Academy of
Dentistry and a Diplomate in the
International Congress of Oral
Implantology. He can be reached
at 561-2330 or visit HudsonValley-
Our newest office improvement, a beverage station, has been receiving rave reviews. Please enjoy a coffee, tea or sparkling water while visiting us.
As many of you might know, Dr. Carpenter was appointed as an Attending at Westchester Medical Center. He supervises the dental residents on Fridays and has just presented a series of 3 lectures on Dental Implant Complications.
Please remember us if you have any family members or friends who would benefit from joining our dental family.
This past week at my office, a patient presented complaining of a toothache. After careful examination, testing and X-ray, no evidence of a tooth problem existed. With further questioning, it became obvious the patient was experiencing a sinus infection.
This same phenomenon probably occurs every other month at my office and can be easily explained. The maxillary sinus is located inside each cheekbone. It is an air-filled cavity extending down and around the maxillary molars. When the sinus becomes infected, mucus and fluid fills the sinus and creates pressure on the teeth, hence, tooth pain. The signs and symptoms of sinus and tooth problems vary amongst individuals and can often mirror each other. This can create a diagnostic challenge for dentists.
Dr. Carpenter has practiced all aspects of dentistry for the past 30 years with particular emphases on sedation, comprehensive restorative, smile makeover, periodontal and implant dentistry. Our purpose is to provide exceptional dentistry in a friendly and comfortable setting. We are dedicated to complete dental care.
Cosmetic Dentistry can give you a smile you're happy to show off. Dr. Carpenter has invested in the latest technology and education including laser dentistry, sedation dentistry and orthodontics (invisible braces).
Our office is located at 272 Quassaick Avenue (Rt. 94), New Windsor, NY. Call us at 845-561-2330.