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Cold Sores

October 4, 2019

We are very sorry but if you have a cold sore we are not able to treat you.

Cold sores are caused by the highly contagious herpes simplex virus. There have been a number of well-documented cases of blindness in dental care professionals following infection with the herpes simplex virus.

We recommend that you wait until your cold sore has completely healed before attending an appointment. Not only because there is a high risk of spreading the virus but also because your lips may feel sore and could crack or bleed during treatment.

If your appointment is for emergency treatment that cannot be delayed without causing you to experience deterioration in your condition, we may be able to treat you with extreme caution, however this is at the discretion of the Dentist.

If you get a cold sore and you have an appointment arranged, please give us a call with as much notice as possible, and we can reschedule your appointment.