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How typical is it to get cold sores after dental work?

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Dr. Debra Haselton
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
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In brief: It does happen!

A history of cold sores makes you more prone to this.
If it is really bad or you need a lot of dental work your dentist can use an antiviral such as valcyclovir to prevent the outbreak. You should ask him or her about it.

In brief: It does happen!

A history of cold sores makes you more prone to this.
If it is really bad or you need a lot of dental work your dentist can use an antiviral such as valcyclovir to prevent the outbreak. You should ask him or her about it.
Dr. Debra Haselton
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Dr. John Scuba
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Cold sore

Yes, patients with a history of cold sores often do not tolerate manipulation of oral soft tissues, particularly the lips, cheeks, and tongue without developing these annoying ulcers.
Treat them symptomatically as most don't respond well to topical salves or ointments because the medication is quickly removed by saliva. With extensive ulcerations, see your dentist or physician for a complete eval.

In brief: Cold sore

Yes, patients with a history of cold sores often do not tolerate manipulation of oral soft tissues, particularly the lips, cheeks, and tongue without developing these annoying ulcers.
Treat them symptomatically as most don't respond well to topical salves or ointments because the medication is quickly removed by saliva. With extensive ulcerations, see your dentist or physician for a complete eval.
Dr. John Scuba
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