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Karen Glerum DDS

Laser Treatment for Cold Sores & Canker Sores

November 16th, 2016

 

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What is a cold sore?

A cold sore, also known as a fever blister or recurrent herpes labialis, is caused by the reactivation of a virus called HSV-1. It is typically seen as a cluster of small blisters which quickly rupture to form small ulcers. Over time, the ulcerations extend to the skin around the mouth and become covered with a crusting or scab.

Many lesions are commonly preceded by an itching, burning or tingling sensation. The lesions are often painful and can come back on a regular basis.

The lesions begin quickly, and can be triggered by exposure to sunlight, local trauma, stress, or a decreased immune system. The blister and ulcer stages of the infection are contagious and usually heal within 7-10 days.

What is a canker sore?

A canker sore, also known as an aphthous ulcer, is an autoimmune response which damages the skin inside the mouth. The ulcer appears as a white or yellow center with a red border, and can be seen on the inside of the lips or cheeks, on or underneath the tongue, and on the back of the throat.

Canker sores can vary in size, from small (less than half of a centimeter) to large. They are usually associated with physical or emotional stress, become painful, and commonly come back in multiple areas.

How does laser treatment work?

Without any injections to numb the area, the laser heats the lesion in order to kill the virus and stimulate your body’s healing potential. The laser does not touch the skin. The heat is controlled by keeping the tip of the laser several millimeters away from the tissue, taking care not to overheat the ulcer.

Treatment lasts about 15 minutes, and most patients feel better immediately after treatment!laser-treatment-dr-karen-glerum

What should I expect after treatment?

Most patients feel immediate relief after laser treatment, and do not require another treatment. The time that it takes for the ulcer to heal shortens when compared to no treatment.

Cold sores can come back, but laser treatment can lengthen the time in between break outs. Sores can be retreated, and over time, may not come back!

Can the laser treat other sores?

Laser treatment may be able to help similar sores in or around the mouth. Other sores in the mouth that are painful, white, or red may be treated similarly. Treatment may be indicated after a consultation with your dental provider.

What should I do if I have a cold or canker sore?

Early Treatment is the Best Treatment!

Cold sores and canker sores are best treated at the beginning stages. If treated early, a cold sore may not even create a blister or ulcer.

If you feel an itching, tingling, burning or numb sensation associated with the sore, this is the early sign of a cold sore.

We understand that early treatment is the best. If you feel that you have the beginnings of a cold sore, call our office at 561-374-8922 as soon as possible, and we will do our best to see you within 24 hours. In most cases, we can see you the same day!

If your cold or canker sore is ulcerated, laser treatment can still be beneficial to speed healing and decrease pain.

Once the sore has created a scab or crust, laser treatment is no longer effective.

If you would like more information on laser treatment for cold sores & canker sores, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Improve Your Smile’s Shape Discreetly with Invisalign

October 13th, 2016

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Need to get a straighter smile without wearing traditional braces? Then it’s time you considered Invisalign.

There is so much about Invisalign that makes it an attractive option for many of our patients looking to get a straighter smile. Before you schedule your invisalign consultation with your Boyton Beach, FL dentists–Dr. Karen Glerum–find out all that Invisalign has to offer your smile.

It is Hidden

If you’ve ever hated the idea of wearing a mouth full of metal but always wanted to get a straighter smile, now you can with Invisalign. Invisalign doesn’t have any metal to worry about and is nearly invisible. The clear plastic aligners are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth to move them into the proper position without others noticing.

It’s Made for You

Whenever a patient comes into our Boyton Beach, FL dental office to get Invisalign, they know they will get a series of aligners that are customized to fit their teeth and to give them the smile they want. Through the use of our 3D technology and the help of an Invisalign lab we can give you aligners that are unique to the shape of your mouth so they feel comfortable.

Invisalign Fits Your Lifestyle

Been considering getting braces but hate that you have to change your diet? Does the idea of trying to floss and brush around metal brackets and wires have you nervous? That’s completely fair, and luckily with Invisalign you don’t have to worry about that. All you have to do is remove your aligners prior to mealtimes and before brushing and flossing. Make sure to rinse your aligners once you are finished and then pop them back in. It’s that simple!

Invisalign is Great for Teens

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Even though Invisalign can’t be used for children, it can be a great option for both teens and adults. Even though Invisalign Teen is a bit different from the orthodontic treatment an adult will get, it is just as effective for treating a lot of the most common malocclusions that need to be fixed.

Turn to the dental experts at Smiles by Glerum in Boyton Beach, FL to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact us at Smiles by Glerum today and let us know you are interested in getting Invisalign.

We may Still be Able to Save Your Tooth with a Root Canal Alternative

July 18th, 2016

Your tooth is in peril if its innermost layer, the pulp, becomes infected and inflamed. Deep tooth decay, repeated dental procedures or fractures can all expose the pulp and ultimately the roots to infection and lead to tooth loss.

But that scenario isn’t inevitable — we can often save the tooth with a root canal treatment. By accessing the tooth’s interior through a prepared hole, we’re able to clean out the infected tissue in the pulp chamber and root canals, and fill the empty space with a special filling. We then cap the tooth with a custom crown to protect it from a re-infection.

Root canal treatments have a very high success rate — chances are good your tooth will survive for many years afterward. But there’s a slight chance the tooth may become re-infected; in that case, a second root canal treatment may be in order.

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In a few cases, though, a second root canal may not be advisable, and could even accelerate damage to the tooth. For example, if past dental work resulted in an extensive crown restoration, accessing the root canals the conventional way will require disassembling that restoration. This could weaken the tooth significantly.

We can approach the problem from a different route: instead of accessing the tooth’s interior through the crown (the visible part of the tooth), we instead perform a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy, which accesses the tooth at the root end through the gums.

In this procedure we numb the area with local anesthesia and then make a small incision through the gums at the level of the affected root. After access, we remove any diseased tissue around the root and a few millimeters of the root tip itself. We then insert a small filling in its place to seal the canal and prevent further infection. In some cases we may also insert a graft to encourage bone growth and aid in healing.

Over time, the affected area will heal and return to normal function. Even if a traditional root canal treatment can’t be used, an apicoectomy could be another option for saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on your options for preserving a problem tooth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Apicoectomy.”

Gratitude & Giving Back

November 11th, 2014

At this time of year, we wish to pause and express our gratitude to all our wonderful patients. We so appreciate the loyalty, friendship and referrals you have given us through the years.

It is because of you that we can continue to provide excellence in dental care to our community.

Thank you and best wishes for Thanksgiving, Hanukah, Christmas and a wonderful 2015!

With Gratitude,

Dr. Karen Glerum, Alina, Dawn & Stacy

In celebration of gratitude, we are holding a food drive to benefit the Palm Beach County Food Bank and show our appreciation with 10% off your next treatment.  Just donate your non-perishable food items by November 25th to our office.

*Appointments must be booked by December 30, 2014 to receive discount and cannot be combined with other offers.

Download the PDF of our November newsletter for more news and photos.

Use It or Lose It – Why you should use your dental benefits before year end

October 21st, 2014

Time flies… we are almost through 2014. The end of the year will be upon us before we know it; and with the end of the year comes the end of your yearly dental insurance benefits.  Did you know that each year insurance companies make millions of dollars off patients who forgo necessary and preventative dental care? Many individuals who are paying for dental insurance do not realize that their plans provide coverage up to a certain dollar amount annually.

Consequently, some patients are not scheduling the dental treatment they need, deserve, and have insurance to cover.  Thus, the insurance revenues allocated to pay dental claims on many patients are never used and unfortunately those dollars cannot be carried over year-to-year. The bottom line: What the patient does not use they lose.  Clearly, it pays in many ways to schedule the preventative care or other dental treatment that you need.

We want to make sure that you take full advantage of any remaining benefits your family might have. Many times you may be able to save money by completing your treatment before year’s end and avoid having to pay a new deductible next year.  We are here to help you secure the insurance coverage available to you on every dental procedure you schedule.

Give us a call today and together let’s make sure you are in excellent dental health. We look forward to seeing you again and sharing some of the many innovative means we have available to provide you with superior dental health care. If you have any questions about how much actual coverage remains on your insurance benefits, please call our office so that we can check on that for you. At the time, we can schedule you at the earliest available appointment to ensure that you take full advantage of all the insurance benefits you pay for.

Please call or email us to make an appointment before the end of the year.

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