Dallas area dentist Dr. Sowell screens for oral cancer at routine visits. | Plano, TX


Dallas area dentist Dr. Mark Sowell performs oral cancer screening as part of a routine dental visit. Oral cancer screening can often be a life saver: patients who are diagnosed in the early stages of this disease have a much greater chance of survival. Routine preventive care with Dr. Sowell can enable him to notice abnormal tissue or changes within the oral cavity that may be an indicator of disease. Dr. Sowell uses cutting edge dental technology, including digital x-rays, which can aid in the detection of early stage oral cancer as well as other dental health issues.

Oral cancer rates have been on the rise globally, largely due to the HPV virus, a common cause of oral cancer and a growing health issue in today’s world. Oral cancer can be difficult to diagnose early- without the aid of regular screening during a dental exam- because it rarely causes noticeable symptoms in the early stages of the disease.

Do you know the common symptoms of oral cancer?

Symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • Lump in the throat or neck
  • Persistent earache- often in both ears
  • Numbness in or around the mouth
  • Lesion or sore that does not go away

Visiting Dr. Sowell twice per year in his Plano dentist office is more important than ever! It not only supports long term dental health, but is an important part of overall health and well being. In addition to the benefit of an oral cancer screening, preventive dental care can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes- all of these health issues have been shown to have connections to oral health.

Posted in: dallas general dentist, find a dentist dallas, find a dentist plano, oral cancer screening dallas, plano dentist, routine dental care

Dental implants can help to reduce bone loss from missing teeth. | Plano, TX


The replacement of missing teeth has been an important facet of modern dentistry and the focus of both restorative and cosmetic dentistry as new options have become available that are both highly functional and natural looking. One of the problems associated with tooth loss is the subsequent loss of bone in the jaw where the natural tooth root used to be, causing additional dental health issues and bite problems.

Dental implants address this issue, offering patients who have lost a tooth a “replacement in kind”: a prosthetic tooth that is anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post that mimics the tooth root. The tiny post implanted acts much like a natural tooth root, which helps to generate natural bone growth to support the tooth structure. A dental implant not only provides patients with a secure, natural looking and functioning tooth, but it can also help to reduce further bone loss and support long term dental health. In a traditional dental implant procedure, there is a 3-6 month waiting period between phases which allows the post to heal completely within the bone, offering long term results that are typically better than procedures where the restoration is placed immediately after surgery.

Dental implants can also be used to secure dentures when a patient has either multiple missing teeth to replace or wishes to fix the problem of ill fitting dentures. Strategically placed implants will serve to support the denture and also help to maintain sufficient bone retention and growth for better long term oral health.

Dr. Mark Sowell, a nationally recognized restorative and cosmetic dentist in Plano, offers implant dentistry and will create a customized treatment plan to suit a patient’s dental health needs and budget. Dr. Sowell uses some of the latest dental technologies in order to provide accurate diagnoses and results that blend with a patient’s natural smile. Dr. Sowell has an in-office ceramist who creates high quality, color matched ceramic restorations.

Dr. Sowell can restore your dental health and have you smiling again with custom dental implants!

Posted in: bone loss and dental implants, cosmetic dentist dallas, cosmetic dentist plano, damaged teeth dallas, dental implants dallas, dental implants dentures

Laser dentistry can offer patients many benefits! | Plano, TX


Are you ready for a visit to the dentist without a drill or needles?

Laser dentistry enables Dr. Mark Sowell, a Dallas area cosmetic and restorative dentist, to treat a wide variety of dental health problems without a drill, scalpel or the use of needles!

The Waterlase dental laser that Dr. Sowell has incorporated into his Plano dental office combines laser energy with atomized water. Waterlase can safely and effectively remove soft tissues of the mouth such as gum tissue and can also gently remove tooth enamel in preparation for a dental filling or restorative procedure. This technology has been FDA approved for use with both adults and children.

In most cases, patients receiving treatment with the Waterlase dental laser do not require an anesthetic: the laser powered stream of water also helps to numb the area being treated and patients don’t have to experience the after effects of traditional numbing agents or anesthetics!

Waterlase is frequently used in the treatment of gum disease, cavity preparation, root canals and many other dental procedures. It is especially effective in reshaping the gums for the treatment of a “gummy smile”.

For patients who suffer with dental anxiety or who fear the noise of traditional dental tools, treatment with Waterlase can provide a more comfortable experience. If you have been avoiding the dentist’s chair for some time because of feeling anxious about a dental treatment, laser dentistry may be for you!

Dental technology continues to make the patient experience at the dentist a pleasant one, with reduced recovery times, more accurate results and fewer side effects. Dr. Sowell has incorporated some of the leading dental technologies, such as the Waterlase into his Plano dental office. Come in and experience how these enhancements can improve your long term results with less pain!

Posted in: cosmetic dentist dallas, cosmetic dentist plano, find a dentist dallas, find a dentist plano, gum treatment, laser dentist dallas, laser dentistry, plano dentist, Uncategorized

Why is maintaining your dental health important as you age? | Plano, TX


While lifelong dental health care is important for overall good health, maintaining preventive care visits and good at home oral hygiene is just as important for older adults.

The wear and tear that our teeth experience throughout daily life begins to show more as we age and the body is slower to repair itself. Acid erosion, gum recession and weakening tooth enamel begin to have an effect on teeth, sometimes resulting in cracks, decay and gum disease. All of these dental health issues can lead to tooth loss and have an effect on overall physical health if left untreated. Studies have shown the connection between oral health and overall health and it is not uncommon for an oral health problem to be the sign of an underlying larger health issue: a regular visit to the dentist could be life saving!

During preventive care visits to Dr. Mark Sowell in Plano, TX, he and his staff can spot the early signs of tooth decay and gum disease, offering treatment before significant damage is done. Modern dentistry emphasizes the importance of keeping the natural teeth as long as possible, supporting their health with preventive and restorative dentistry. Tooth loss, while sometimes unavoidable, can lead to additional health problems if teeth are not replaced in a timely manner.

A nationally recognized dentist in cosmetic and restorative procedures, Dr. Sowell specializes in treating adult patients, especially those with complex dental problems, offering the experience and dental services necessary to keep natural teeth strong and healthy. For patients who have lost a tooth, Dr. Sowell offers implant dentistry and implant secured dentures. Offering a wide range of implant services, Dr. Sowell also provides patients with the added convenience of performing all phases of the implant process in his Dallas area dental office.

If you have been avoiding the dentist for some time, we are here to help! Come back for a preventive care visit and begin to restore you oral health: it’s an important part of a long and healthy life!

Posted in: adult dental care dallas, dallas general dentist, dental implants dallas, dental implants dentures, find a dentist dallas, missing teeth dallas, plano dentist

Dry Mouth (xerostomia)


Dry mouth may not be the biggest concern you have when considering your overall health, but like everything else the mouth is often the first sign or barometer of systemic health conditions. Dry mouth is usually found in adults over 50 or people on medications like blood pressure medications. Unfortunately is is not just a discomfort to deal with, but it goes hand in hand with a decrease in your oral immune response, a change in your mouth PH which leads to an increase in bacterial growth that leads to oral lesions and decay in your mouth. People with dry mouth have more lesions growing in their mouths, more root decay and gum disease. The more acidic environment leads to loss of enamel and eroding or dissolving of root surfaces (dentin).

A great breakthrough is the new area of “anti-oxidants”  for oral use. As time goes on and with the use of prescription medications our oral salivary flow decreases. A product called Perio Science is now available to carry antioxidants to the mouth which combats ‘oxidation” in the month,  enhancing our reparative or healing capacity. Perio Science is used to combat gum diseases , tissue health, and the hydrating formula combats dry mouth. It’s a great supplement for everyone but essential for adults over 50. We do not like to be reminded about our age, but we do need to take care of ourselves and understand what is happening to our bodies.

Posted in: Uncategorized

Dental implants vs dentures: what are the benefits? | Dr. Mark Sowell, Plano, TX


Missing teeth, or losing a tooth, can be a traumatic experience and affects daily life for many patients: chewing food is difficult in many cases and speech can also be affected. Frequently, embarrassment is also a factor and patients find themselves trying not to smile and avoiding social situations.

The restorative options for replacing a missing tooth – or teeth- are dentures, dental bridges or dental implants. In most cases, unless a patient is not a good candidate, Dr. Mark Sowell, a nationally recognized restorative and cosmetic dentist in Plano, TX, recommends dental implants.

Dentures can offer patients natural looking replacement teeth that are removable for cleaning and can be adjusted for fit as needed. However, this feature can also cause discomfort for many patients who may find it difficult to eat certain foods due to slippage. Additionally, over time the jaw bone may begin to recede and dentures will begin to feel loose and uncomfortable.

Dental implants, while more costly up front, offer many long term benefits and provide a natural looking AND functioning replacement for lost teeth. Anchored into the jaw bone with a tiny titanium post, a dental implant acts much like a natural tooth. The post can also help to preserve jaw bone, minimizing bone recession that naturally occurs when a tooth is removed.

Dr. Sowell will place a custom made crown on the post once it heals which will feel secure and blend with surrounding natural teeth. Implants do not require patients to watch what they eat because they are permanently attached to the bone!

Patients with ill fitting full dentures often choose to replace them with implant secured dentures: Dr. Sowell permanently secures the dentures with strategically placed implants. No more slipping dentures or adhesives!

If you have questions about dental implants and the dental implant process, contact Dr. Sowell in his Dallas area dental office to schedule a consultation.

Posted in: cosmetic dentist dallas, cosmetic dentist plano, damaged teeth dallas, dental implants dentures, dentures vs implants, missing teeth dallas, plano dentist, restorative dentistry

Restorative dentistry can help to maintain your natural smile! | Dr. Sowell, Plano


Today’s dentistry has evolved into a number of specialized fields that can address almost any dental health problem and help patients keep their natural teeth in good health for a lifetime!

Restorative procedures can repair and strengthen a damaged tooth, avoiding the need for a tooth extraction. It is always in the best interest of a patient to keep their natural teeth as this also supports a healthy bite: losing a tooth can lead to bone loss in the jaw and shifting of other teeth which can disrupt the natural function of the bite.

Dr. Mark Sowell, DDS, offers restorative dentistry to his Dallas area dental patients and has extensive post graduate education in the treatment of complex dental problems. Dr. Sowell is both locally and nationally recognized as a leading dentist, having achieved Master status with the Academy of General Dentistry and Accredited status with AACD- something only a handful of dentists have accomplished!

Restorative dentistry can also replace a tooth that is missing or too damaged to repair. Dr. Sowell offers dental implants and dental bridges for patients who have lost a tooth. Dental implants offer the most comfortable, natural looking and functioning results and can also help to stabilize bone loss because of the implanted post that fuses with the bone and becomes a natural part of a patient’s occlusal system.

Restorative Procedures:

Dental crowns: a dental crown is often used to repair a damaged or decayed tooth, providing a “cap” that will strengthen and secure the tooth;
Dental veneers: also used for cosmetic changes, veneers can also be used to repair minor tooth damage and maintain the integrity of a natural tooth;
Dental bridges: bridges can be used as a conservative method to replace a missing tooth, or teeth, using neighboring teeth as support for a custom fit prosthetic tooth;
Dental implants: often considered the best long term option for replacing missing teeth, implants function much like a natural tooth.

Modern dentistry emphasizes the importance of supporting the health of our natural teeth with preventive care and restorative procedures. A visit with Dr. Sowell can help to keep you smiling for a lifetime!

Posted in: cosmetic dentist dallas, damaged teeth dallas, dental veneers dallas, dr. sowell, plano dentist, restorative dentistry

Start the new year with a healthy smile! | Dr. Mark Sowell, Plano


The beginning of a new year is a great time to restore your oral health with a preventive care visit to Dr. Mark Sowell, a leading general and cosmetic dentist in the Dallas area, or to consider that “smile makeover” you have always wanted!

In recent years, there has been mounting evidence showing the connection between oral health and overall physical health and well being. These studies have shown that it is important to maintain optimal oral health with regular preventive dental care to reduce and/or prevent the incidence of tooth decay and gum disease- both of which can lead to more complex dental health problems as well as an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and other general health issues. These bi- annual dental visits are the foundation for lifelong oral health, which supports good overall health.

As part of their “five star service”, Plano dentist Dr. Sowell and his staff will provide not only a thorough cleaning and exam during preventive care visits, but they will take the time to educate their dental patients on proper at home oral hygiene as well as recommend necessary or preventive restorative procedures that can increase the longevity of a patient’s natural smile!

Dr. Sowell also offers his Dallas area dental patients a wide variety of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures to meet their needs and goals. Taking a comprehensive approach to all aspects of dental treatment, Dr. Sowell uses a variety of digital technologies to help patients “visualize” the outcomes of various cosmetic procedures in order to help choose which treatment will provide the desired outcome and support long term oral health.

Offering an award winning “smile design” consultation, Dr. Sowell takes the entire occlusal system into consideration when recommending treatment, understanding that addressing any underlying dental health issues is paramount to providing long term results that look and feel natural.

Posted in: cosmetic dentist dallas, cosmetic dentist plano, dallas general dentist, dental cleaning, find a dentist dallas, plano dentist, smile makeover dallas

Dental veneers offer a variety of options to suit your needs. | Dr. Mark Sowell, Plano


Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide variety of options for patients desiring either a subtle or dramatic change to the appearance of their smile, but one of the most popular and long lasting is porcelain veneers.

There are several types of dental veneers, but porcelain veneers offer permanent, comfortable and long lasting results- they can last for years with the proper oral hygiene and preventive care with Dr. Mark Sowell at Sowell Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX.

Dental veneers can be used for cosmetic correction and as a solution for dental problems such as gaps between teeth, discolored teeth, and chipped or broken teeth. The type of veneer that will best suit your needs is dependent upon several factors: oral health condition, cosmetic goals and budget. Dr. Sowell will take the time to thoroughly evaluate a patient’s dental health and discuss their personal goals and concerns before recommending a treatment plan using a type of dental veneer.

Dr. Sowell, a nationally recognized cosmetic dentist in the Dallas area, offers his dental patients several options for using dental veneers to correct a cosmetic or health problem:

Lumineers: a removable veneer requiring little to no tooth preparation
Composite resin veneers: also known as tooth bonding. Dr. Sowell skillfully places composite veneers, sculpting the biocompatible material to fit aesthetically with the patient’s natural teeth- this type of veneer is also removable and will have to be replaced over time;
Porcelain veneers: using high quality material, porcelain veneers offer a permanent restoration and are matched to a patient’s natural tooth color for beautiful results.
Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant and are made of a thin, translucent material that also reflects light in the same way a natural tooth does, allowing them to blend seamlessly with a patient’s natural smile.

Custom fit and made in a dental lab, porcelain veneers allow a patient to function normally after treatment, eating and speaking without noticing that they are there! After the placement of the veneers, Dr. Sowell will educate his patients on the proper care of veneers in order to maximize their longevity.

Posted in: cosmetic dentist dallas, cosmetic dentist plano, dental veneers dallas, lumineers dallas, porcelain veneers dallas, tooth bonding

Your diet could be affecting your health in many ways! | Dr. Mark Sowell, DDS


A healthy mouth is an important part of overall good health!

Dr. Mark Sowell, a general and cosmetic dentist, understands first hand the detrimental effects that too much sugar can have on a patient’s oral health: increased tooth decay, cavities, etc. As sugar has become an increasingly large part of our modern diet, Dr. Sowell has also seen an increase in these sugar related dental health issues, especially in younger patients.

This increase in sugar consumption can also have lasting adverse effects on overall health in two important ways:

- dental problems: when left untreated, decay can lead to gum disease and even tooth loss;
- physical problems: such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, nutrition deficits.

With a single can of soda typically containing over 130 calories – or 8 teaspoons- of sugar, it is easy to exceed the American Heart Association daily recommended allowances of sugar! Added sugars are ingrained in our diet of processed food, making it difficult for patients to monitor their daily intake. Our fast paced daily lives make it easy for us to become overly dependent on these processed sugars as a source of quick energy, but they are empty calories and can be the cause of long term health issues when consumed excessively.

Reducing the consumption of added sugars is important for both oral and overall physical health and can be accomplished with some minor dietary changes. Here are some quick tips:

  • -swap out a soda for a glass of water;
  • -instead of a sugary snack like cookies, choose fruit, nuts or yogurt;
  • -cut down the amount of sugar used in recipes for baked goods;
  • -reduce the amount of sugar added to coffee or tea.

Recent studies have shown the connection between oral health and overall physical well being, reinforcing the importance of regular dental visits for cleanings and exams. During routine preventive care visits, Dr. Sowell can not only address dental problems in their early stages, but can spot changes in a patient’s oral health that may indicate a more complex physical health problem is developing.

At Sowell Sensational Smiles in Plano, Dr. Sowell and his staff take the time with patients at every visit to discuss their oral health concerns as well as recommend effective at home oral hygiene to help maintain oral health between visits.

Posted in: cavities and sugary foods, dental health concerns, diet and tooth decay, find a dentist dallas, find a dentist plano

Stay Connected With Us
YouTube Google+ RSS