Cold Sores & Your Dental Appointment

Cold Sores & Your Dental Appointment

Cold sores are painful blisters are a result of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HPV). The life cycle of the cold sore can differ in time but will go through the stages of:

  • Tingling with the presence of the initial sore
  • Blisters
  • Weeping
  • Crusting
  • The healing phase.

Cold sores are generally contagious from the moment the sore appears until the sore is fully healed, but are most contagious while still blistered and weeping. A common question asked is: “can you go to the dentist with a cold sore?”


Can you go to the dentist with a cold sore?

If you suffer from cold sores and have a dental appointment coming up, whether it is at the initial stage or end-stage, it is a good idea to call the practice and speak to one of our front desk staff to best inform you on your decision.

Depending on the stage of your cold sore, we may recommend rescheduling your appointment for your own comfort and safety due to the risk of spreading the virus and cracking open the painful sore.

However, emergency dental care is essential for your health and we can perform procedures with caution This might include a rubber dam, high-volume suction, and the highest standard of infection control.

Our friendly front desk staff will assess you on a case-by-case basis, and we can ensure safety measures and standards are in place to perform your dental treatment to the highest standard.


Contact the team at Boulton Dental for recommendations and advice about cold sores and your appointments.

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