Technology’s Dental Breakthroughs
Dr. Mark Sowell provides not only the latest advances in dentistry but also uses the best technology to maximize the outcomes. At Sowell Sensational Smiles, we offer a dynamic combination of advanced technologies in one convenient location. Many practices would refer you to several offices to accomplish the same care. The best that dentistry has to offer combined with personal service and down-to-earth discussion of your care will make your experience with Dr. Sowell’s Method™ unique from other practices.
The WaterLase iPlus is the most advanced dental laser in use today, offering the widest range of applications and gentlest to the oral tissues. Speed and precision are the secret to WaterLase iPlus’ success. The high power laser interacts with water droplets to clean out debris and bacteria from both the gums and teeth without the vibration and heat of a drill. It acts like a miniature power washer flushing out the disease. This result is noninvasive cavity removal and micro-restorative dentistry (ultra small fillings).
Cosmetic Smile Simulations
See your new smile in a matter of hours. Smile-Vision is a technologically advanced cosmetic imaging system that allows our patients to see actual images of themselves and their new smiles before treatment even begins. See your smile right away!
Unlike traditional X-rays, these allow for three-dimensional viewing of jaw bone, jaw joints and sinuses. All films needed for surgery, joint problems, orthodontics and routine care can be taken under the same roof without referral to a special facility for patient convenience – very few offices can do this. These X-rays allows= for safer, more precise surgical planning.
Surgical magnification makes esthetic enhancement better because Dr. Sowell gets an up-close view of the artistry he’s creating. It increases surgical comfort because it enhances accuracy, reducing the time he needs to perform each procedure. It also helps with gum disease prevention techniques.
This is not only a diagnostic tool for Dr. Sowell, but an educational supplement for you. This camera looks like an oversized pen, and magnifies the surface areas of the teeth. It helps Dr. Sowell locate small pits and cracks that might be harboring disease. This up-close information is immediately available to both you and Dr. Sowell on a TV monitor in the private room.
This visual feedback also helps you to see certain features in your mouth, and better understand Dr. Sowell’s recommendations. For instance, it’s possible to see the damage caused by old, metal amalgam fillings that expand and contract, and can cause cracking and breaking.
Ultra-High-Intensity Micro-Illumination Crack Detector
Frustrated by the inadequate lighting of regular dental lights, Dr. Sowell was one of the first doctors in the world to seek out and adopt new cordless LED ultra-high-powered lighting.
As we get older, cracks are more likely to form in our teeth. If not detected and treated, these cracks can lead to sudden fractures. In some cases, the treatment must be a root canal or even loss of the tooth.
Dr. Sowell and his team use this new high-intensity micro-light to illuminate teeth from the inside out! It allows these catastrophic cracks to be seen with the
eye, which can minimize tooth loss or the need for root canals.
This light is so strong it allows Dr. Sowell to see some types of decay that are difficult to detect, even on x-rays. This great tool improves diagnosis, enhances accuracy, and most importantly reduces your chances of surgery and other complex procedures.
Laser Cavity Detection
Detecting tooth cavities is an inexact science. Fortunately, the best technology gives us a better view of disease at an earlier stage.
With Sedation Dentistry, You Feel Nothing!
Even the most fearful patients can say goodbye to the white-knuckle experience of going to the dentist. Dr. Sowell offers a variety of sedation dentistry techniques to help you relax and get the dental care you need.
Our no-drill dentistry is a leap into the future that allows removal of dental decay without the dreaded whine of the drill and often without the needle, too!
We use laser dentistry technology in our Plano, TX dentist office to gently and effectively treat the ravages of gum disease, usually without numbing anesthesia.
This new type of anesthetic allows numbing of gum tissue for comfort during deep cleanings, without the need for the old-fashioned “stick” of the dental needle. It has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and in SELF magazine. Dr. Sowell is proud to be one of the first doctors to adopt its use.
Advanced Local Antibiotics
For clients undergoing treatment to halt infections in the gum and bones that cause tooth loss, our hygienist often uses a type of antibiotic that is completely painless. This means the antibiotic is more effective because the infection is “hit hard” by its direct application to the problem. It also means that you don’t expose your whole body to an antibiotic, so that medicine will remain more effective in the future against bacteria.
Medical Topical Anesthetic Pastes
Say good-bye to feeling the dreaded anesthetic needle. Dr. Sowell use a medical breakthrough that is a special medical-grade anesthetic paste. It allows for completely painless injections. Patients can’t believe that they just had a shot!
One-Visit Root Canals
The root canal is a procedure that has kept many people away from the dental office – including those who might not need one – due to the bad reputation behind the term. Much of the fear came not so much from the discomfort, but from the technique used. In many offices, it’s still a manual and imprecise mechanical process. At Sowell Sensational Smiles, Dr. Mark Sowell uses the latest technology. He can precisely locate the apex of the root electronically and with a computer-controlled device. He can then remove the damaged or diseased root efficiently and more comfortably.
DNA Testing for Long-Term Risk of Tooth Loss
This helps our patients save their teeth and reach a higher level of overall body health. It helps determine a more customized approach to our patients’ periodontal care with better intervals and/or periodontal therapy. It improves the results from periodontal therapy with the addition of targeted systemic antibiotics aimed at the patients’ bacteria, which saves them from losing all their teeth.
Advanced orthopedic appliances are for adults and children to improve orthodontic treatment results that help ensure that muscles, ligaments and jaw joints are taken into consideration instead of the traditional “straightening” of the teeth only concept. These appliances are more physiologically comfortable, with healthier results. They increase long-term treatment success and reduce need for extractions.