Dr. Sowell:
A Cosmetic Dental Destination


Dallas at sunsetHave you ever considered getting away on vacation and coming home refreshed, with a brand new healthy smile? More and more people are traveling to get the absolute highest quality in dental care. Astonish your friends and family with a new and improved you after a Cosmetic Dental Retreat in Dallas for your next getaway.

Sensational Smiles in Plano, TX is your dental destination for premiere cosmetic dental treatment. Dallas area dentist Dr. Mark Sowell has returning patients traveling from all parts of the United States and Europe to receive his expert cosmetic dental procedures at his conveniently located Plano, TX office.

Why Dallas Sensational Smiles?

Dr. Sowell has undergone rigorous post-graduate training in cosmetic and restorative dentistry and is Texas State Board certified in sedation dentistry. AACD accredited and winner of several prestigious dentistry awards, Dr. Sowell has the specialized knowledge and extensive experience you want in a cosmetic dentist. Dr. Sowell will give you peace of mind and relax and alleviate you of any dental concerns you may have. Dr. Sowell offers an array of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.

Conveniently located 30 minutes for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Sensational Smiles is in the hub of city activity. With plenty to do and see, and great food to eat, Dallas is an exciting vacation destination for you and the whole family.

Patient Concierge

Take advantage of Sensational Smile exclusive Patient Concierge services. We will work with you to coordinate your entire Dallas stay and plan your visit around your cosmetic treatments. We can help you to arrange hotels, find the best dining, and arrange transportation to and from our office.

Priority Scheduling

When you travel to receive complex cosmetic and restorative dental services from Dr. Sowell, we treat you as our honored guests. With our in-house ceramic laboratory, in just one week highly trained and experienced Dr. Sowell can restore your smile.

Schedule For Visiting Patients:

Thursday: Arrive before noon. Dr. Sowell and staff will greet you with a personal interview. After reviewing your dental medical history, they will perform a comprehensive exam with digital imaging, radiography, and periodontal exams along with a diagnostic cast of your teeth. Dr. Sowell will create an individualized treatment plan.

Friday/Saturday: Dr. Sowell will solely devote these days to you and your cosmetic dental treatments.

Monday: A final check of any restoration prototypes will be done.

Tuesday: Wednesday: Rest and Relaxation! Enjoy the Dallas area.

Thursday: Final porcelain restoration will be bonded permanently. You can go home with restored confidence and a healthy, bright smile!

For more information, please contact us at 972.382.6855. Your personal concierge will help you with your travel arrangements based around your customized treatment plan. Schedule your complimentary smile design consultation or you can request a consultation online.

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Halloween Candy And Your Teeth


Halloween candy and oral health, Plano, TXThe scariest part of Halloween is the damage all that candy does to your teeth! Spooky plaque feeds off sugar, allowing it to rapidly spread and take over your mouth. Plaque buildup can cause gum disease, bad breath, sensitive teeth, and even tooth decay. Remember, plaque build up is like a ghost! Permanent effects of plaque are not immediately noticeable, but over a lifetime can cause serious and complex dental health concerns.

Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell has some “tricks and treats” for you to moderate your sugar intake this Halloween. By making a few compromises and alterations, you can still have a spooktacular Halloween, and keep your smile healthy all winter long!

Pick Your Poison: If you can’t resist the ghoulish temptation of the candy, try to drink water instead of soda or sugary juice. Less sugar is always better, and the water will help flush out the sugar.

Plan Your Scare: Eat candy after a meal when saliva production is already increased, helping to move that plaque building sugar instead of lingering around in your mouth. Remember to rinse or brush your teeth after enjoying your sweet treat.

Trick with Treats: Make grapes eyeballs, and carrots zombie fingers! Turn healthy snacks into creepy treats! Always offer healthy alternatives at gatherings and parties, but dress them up for Halloween, kids won’t even realize they are eating healthy!

Avoid Braces Busters: Don’t let sticky and hard candies ruin all that hard work you put into straightening your teeth! If you or your kids have braces, make sure you steer clear of any taffy or sucking candies. Hard candies can get stuck and even break expensive braces. If you have any questions about what you can and can’t enjoy this holiday with your braces make sure to contact Dr. Sowell.

Family dentist Dr. Sowell also always recommends maintaining your healthy oral hygiene habits especially as the busy holiday season picks up. Brush and floss twice a day and make sure to come in for your regular dental cleanings and a comprehensive oral health screening. Schedule your appointment today!

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Get A Perfect Smile By Spring


Invisible Braces Plano TXAre you overwhelmed with the time commitment, pain, and expense of traditional braces, but dream of a straight smile you can be proud of? Orthodontists widely agree that braces are the most effective way to straighten teeth and offer the longest lasting results. However, the lengthy process can be a deterrent for many adults who fear the stigma of having braces. The industry is constantly striving to eliminate as many of the stressors associated with getting braces as possible, making the processes to a straighter smile more attractive and more accessible.

You can now obtain the smile of your dreams in time for all those summer vacation memories. In just six short months you can have a straighter, more confident smile.

Dallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers orthodontic treatment with the progressive Six Month Smiles invisible braces system that addresses all the fears and anxiety of adult braces. The Six Month Smile service straightens teeth discreetly, quickly, and for less money than traditional veneers. With the tooth-colored wires & clear brackets, the braces are nearly invisible so they won’t be a distraction in your daily life.

Cosmetic Dentists of Plano understands how valuable your time is and strives to create your perfect smile in the quickest and most effective manner. Six Month Smiles utilizes unique Patient Tray Kits™ making appointments more convenient and more comfortable for you.

Why Dr. Sowell?

Dr. Sowell wants what’s best for your dental health – and your smile. With over 25 years of training and experience as a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sowell will work with you to find the perfect fit, for your perfect smile. Dr. Sowell offers concierge style dental treatment that suits your busy schedule without ever compromising personal attentiveness or results.

Request a complimentary consultation today, to have a perfect smile by spring with Six Month Smiles.

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Oral Health And Aging


Oral health and aging, Plano, TX Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell emphasizes the importance of striving to keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible to enjoy the best quality of life. Modern advances in both materials and technology in the dental field have made it possible to retain our natural teeth and a functional smile longer than ever before.

This means that maintaining consistent oral hygiene and routine dental checkups throughout our lifetime play a key role in our overall health and well-being. Keeping your smile healthy by taking advantage of all that modern dentistry can offer will provide you your best quality of life.

There are important considerations for your oral health as you age and Dr. Sowell offers comprehensive care to address your concerns and help you maintain optimal oral health and meet your cosmetic goals for a natural looking smile.

Later in life, our gums may recede, exposing the root surfaces of our teeth. Gum recession can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, periodontal disease, vigorous brushing, and genetic predisposition. Root exposure is problematic mainly because root surfaces are covered by a material called cementum, which is much softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. In addition, certain medications can limit the flow of saliva, which is protective against cavities.

For this reason, older patients must take special care to brush and floss daily and visit the dentist regularly to discuss your medical history and ensure that root cavities do not occur. For patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure they are fitting well and enabling you to eat and speak properly. We also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, both highly treatable when caught early.

Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile

We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients and offer cosmetic dental procedures that can keep your smile looking beautiful at any age.

Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to certain habits, such as teeth grinding. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both great options for adult and senior patients who desire to improve the look of their smile.

If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns or would like to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Sowell in our Plano, TX dentist office.

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Instant Smile Makeover For Crooked Teeth


instant orthodontics plano txTraditional orthodontics can take years to create desired results. The same results can be accomplished in as little as two weeks with instant orthodontics!

Instant orthodontics is a process that uses dental crowns and porcelain veneers to close gaps and correct overlapping teeth for a beautiful, even, white smile. This treatment is great for patients who have crooked, worn down teeth or want an alternative to traditional orthodontics, but do not have a bite problem.

Instant orthodontics uses both dental veneers and dental crowns to improve the appearance of your smile. Using thin shells of porcelain that are custom made to fit the shape and color of your teeth, Plano cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell can fill gaps and fix crooked, uneven teeth. Crowns may also be used when recreating the form and function of damaged teeth.

Most patients can improve their aesthetics of their smile within three to four visits to our Plano dentist office. During the first appointment, Dr. Sowell will evaluate your smile, listen to your concerns and discuss treatment options. During the second appointment, Dr. Sowell will prepare damaged teeth for the placement of veneers and crowns. About two weeks later, your custom-made porcelain veneers will be laser-bonded to your teeth to restore the arrangement, color and overall appearance of misaligned teeth.

Why Choose Us?

The results from your smile makeover can depend greatly on the skill and experience of your cosmetic dentist. Placing veneers is a meticulous and delicate procedure because each veneer must be fitted individually. Dr. Mark Sowell is a highly trained and qualified cosmetic dentist who can offer the experienced care necessary for optimal results. Our dental lab is located within our Dallas area dentist office and your custom restorations will be hand crafted by master ceramist James Chung.

Located in Plano, Texas, Dr. Sowell provides his patients with sate-of-the-art dental care. Dr. Sowell is one of the most credentialed dentists in the Dallas area. As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sowell has received accreditation status through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) after completing extra courses, rigorous testing and submitting case studies.

If you would like to improve the appearance of gaps or misaligned teeth, but cringe at the thought of lengthy orthodontic treatment, then instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers and dental crowns may be the perfect solution.

We invite you to contact our expert smile care team to schedule your complimentary smile design consultation with Dr. Sowell today!

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Causes Of Toothaches


toothache, plano, TX
No matter how careful and thorough you are with maintaining your daily oral care, at some point in your life you will probably experience the pain and discomfort of a toothache. Although a cavity is normally the cause, tooth decay is only one of the several triggering factors of tooth pain or discomfort.

Tooth Sensitivity
If you experience pain when you eat or drink hot or cold food and beverages, it could signal a cavity. It could also be a sign that you have sensitive teeth, either from thinning tooth enamel or receding gums. These are common side effects of aging, lifestyle habits or can be caused by other health concerns. In addition to discussing your concerns with Dr. Mark Sowell during your next routine preventive care visit, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth as this may help ease the symptoms.

Severe Toothaches
If the pain of your toothache is sudden, sharp and stabbing, the cause may be related to a cavity or cracked tooth. However, if you experience a throbbing, constant pain when you bite down on your food, you may have an abscessed tooth or an infection that should be taken care of right away. Contact our Plano, TX dentist office as soon as possible to schedule a visit.

Might Not Even Be Your Teeth
A less common cause of a toothache is a sinus infection. If you have pain in the upper teeth on both sides of the jaw, a sinus infection could be the cause. This type of toothache is usually combined with nasal congestion and tenderness around the eyes, forehead and sinuses.

If your ache is more identifiable as jaw pain, it may be caused by a Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Bite problems like TMJ can be triggered by malocclusion, a jaw injury, arthritis, or tooth grinding. Wisdom teeth that have not been removed could also cause jaw pain and toothaches.

Prevent Tooth Pain

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent a toothache and other common oral health concerns. To reduce your risk for developing decay, gum disease or other common causes of a toothache be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit Dr. Sowell regularly for oral examinations and a professional dental cleaning.
Been away from the dentist? Contact our Plano, TX dentist office to schedule a visit and restore a healthy smile.

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Treat Sleep Apnea To Feel Refreshed And Energized


Do you find yourself snoring or gasping for air during your sleep? Do you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness or irritability? These symptoms are not just the result of a stuffy nose or bad sleeping position, it could signal sleep apnea.

Man stretching feeling restedSnoring is common, in fact half of men and a quarter of women snore regularly. Snoring is an indication that there is a problem with normal breathing and as snoring gets louder, it eventually interrupts breathing. Since our bodies need oxygen, when oxygen levels decrease, our bodies waken us to a lighter level of sleep as we can gasp for air. A snorer may not remember waking but it can occur several times throughout one’s sleep. This prevents a deep sleep, which can be diagnosed as sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea causes sporadic interruptions of your breathing as you sleep and occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open. The most common condition is known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) that is a serious and progressive disorder that can cause a patient to stop breathing up to 100 times an hour. Central sleep apnea is a less common form that affects the regulatory function of the heart or brain.

If you suffer from snoring, daytime fatigue or headaches, you may suffer from sleep apnea. Dr. Sowell is highly trained to be able to diagnosis sleep apnea with a simple take home test that way you do not have to spend a night in a sleep lab. Dr. Sowell will receive medically evaluated results in which he can create a personal treatment plan from.

There are several treatments for sleep apnea and heavy snoring. Dr. Sowell can help you reduce or eliminate snoring with sleep aids that keep you on your side or raise your head to create an open airway.

Sleep apnea, particularly OSA, is commonly treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). This treatment uses an air pump to blow pressure into your airway through a facemask. However, patients typically lack compliance due to the discomfort and embarrassment over the appearance of the CPAP. Dr. Sowelll can effectively treat mild to moderate sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Similar to mouth guards, an oral appliance for sleep apnea is custom fit to reposition the jaw during sleep and prevent soft tissue from collapsing and blocking the airway.

Sleep apnea and related sleep disorders are a growing health concern that remains severely under diagnosed. Sleep apnea is often more than just a “snoring habit” and can present an overall health risk for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and other concerns. Patients who suffer with sleep apnea and sleep disorders often go through the day feeling groggy, irritated and find it difficult to concentrate.

Ready to face your day feeling awake, refreshed and energized after a great night of sleep? Schedule your appointment with Dr. Mark Sowell in our Plano dentist office today!

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Sedation Dentistry To Help You Relax


relaxed patient from sedation dentistry Here at Sensational Smiles, we understand patients may avoid visiting the dentist due to a fear of pain. Avoiding the dentist often results in poor dental health and the development of complex dental problems. Plano dentist, Dr. Sowell is committed to helping patients feel at ease throughout their dental visit to restore a healthy smile and prevent future dental concerns. We work with patients on an individual basis to provide the right solution to your dental anxiety so that you can regain a healthy smile.

Sedation dentistry is an important part of modern dentistry, allowing patients with dental anxiety to maintain their oral health and overall quality of life. Dr. Sowell may recommend sedation to ensure your comfort during your dental treatments. In many situations, patients can receive multiple procedures during one visit while being sedated.

Sedation dentistry enables a patient to undergo a dental treatment, or more than one treatment, while in a euphoric state even though they are alert and responsive.

Common forms of sedation dentistry

  • Nitrous Oxide: or commonly known as laughing gas, Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and allows you to be relaxed while remaining awake during the dental treatment. This form of sedation is extremely effective and safe. Many patients prefer this treatment because once the masked is removed, all effects disappear and you are able to return to your normal activity.
  • Oral Conscious Sedation: this form is administered in a pill and allows you to feel awake during dental procedures. Oral sedation does not require needles and is less expensive than IV sedation. For minimal sedation, a patient will take a pill about an hour before treatment and will become drowsy.
  • IV Sedation: administered through an IV, this type of sedation eliminates pain and anxiety during dental treatments. The benefit of IV sedation is that the chosen medication is administered into the bloodstream for an almost immediate effect and can be continually adjusted.

Dr. Sowell serves as a general, cosmetic, and restorative dentist to the Plano community. Avoiding the dentist because of a fear of pain can compromise your smile, self-esteem, comfort and overall health.

If you have been avoiding the dentist, fear painful visits, or would like to learn more about sedation dentistry, schedule your appointment today with the caring and experienced staff at Sensational Smiles.

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Occlusion Solutions with Dr. Sowell at SPEAR Education


dr. sowell at Spear educationDallas area dentist Dr. Mark Sowell is nationally recognized for his experience and knowledge when it comes to occlusion- the relationship between the upper and lower jaw. For many patients, an imbalance or problem with their occlusion causes a wide range of dental problems which can result in symptoms such as teeth grinding, worn teeth, headaches, jaw pain and difficulty chewing to name a few. Undiagnosed or untreated, poor occlusion can even lead to tooth loss.

At SPEAR Education in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Sowell recently taught a 3 day hands on workshop titled Occlusion in Clinical Practice. Teaching practicing dentists how to improve their technique as well as patient outcomes, Dr. Sowell discussed the benefits of a comprehensive approach to dentistry that evaluates the teeth, gums AND function of the jaw joints. Participating students are taught how to apply the principles of occlusion to record taking and diagnostic modeling when treating patients for better results.

As a Visiting Faculty Member of SPEAR Education, Dr. Sowell remains at the forefront of emerging techniques and technology in all aspects of dentistry.

Dental Educator, Experienced Practitioner

dr. sowell teaches occlusion at SpearDr. Sowell dedicates many hours each year to educating colleagues through SPEAR and to participating in workshops that enhance his own knowledge. He strives to offer his patients dentistry that not only meets their needs and goals, but also supports a functional smile that will last. Occlusion is the foundation of a truly healthy smile, allowing the bite to function comfortably and harmoniously without unnecessary wear on the teeth and gums.

Providing a better patient experience in the dentist chair along with improved results is the goal of Dr. Sowell as both an educator and practitioner. He strives to develop a lasting relationship with patients as a partner in their overall health care, taking the time to understand the occlusion of each patient and educate them on the benefits of addressing any diagnosed bite problems.

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Concierge Dentistry in Dallas TX


Dallas Fort Worth Cosmetic Dentist Mark SowellLocated in Plano, Texas, Dr. Mark Sowell provides patients state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable, spa-like setting.

Dr. Mark Sowell is a highly skilled Dallas dentist that is able to meet all of your dental health needs, from the routine to the complex. After graduating cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Sowell attended the University of Texas Dental School at San Antonio to receive his Doctor of Dental Surgery. After dental school, Dr. Sowell attended a one-year general practice residency and rotated through many areas of dentistry for advanced training. Dr. Sowell is also an alumnus of other institutes and went on to complete three additional residencies, becoming a nationally recognized leader in the fields of cosmetic, implant and restorative dentistry. His dedication to his personal education has also led him to help instruct others.

Dr. Sowell is one of the most credentialed dentists in the Dallas area. After finishing an additional 600 hours of continuing education, Dr. Sowell has been awarded the Master of the Academy of General Dentistry: fewer than one percent of general dentists hold this recognition. Additionally, Dr. Sowell has also received accreditation status through the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) after completing extra courses, rigorous testing and submitting case studies.

Commitment to Advanced Dentistry

Dr. Sowell remains committed to providing patients with a natural looking, healthy smile through advanced dentistry, quality materials and the incorporation of technology into his Plano dentist office. He uses an intraoral camera for dental x-rays that allow him to have a clear understanding of your complete oral health. Additionally, 3D x-rays are used for surgical planning, allowing for safe and precise smile design.

Dental lasers are an important technology that can gently and effectively treat gum disease as well as a range of other concerns- both health and cosmetic related. Laser dentistry provides accurate treatment with far fewer side effects and less pain.

At Sensational Smiles, Dr. Sowell and his staff aim to turn a routine visit into a pampering delight. Our treatment rooms are equipped with massage chairs, heated neck pillows, satellite TV and music, DVD library, and a refreshment bar to comfort you during your visit. After your treatment, you will be given a warm cotton face cloth to freshen up with. We welcome and treat our patients as guests and aim to provide concierge style, five-star service.

Schedule Your Appointment

To schedule a consultation or appointment with Dr. Sowell, contact our office or use our online request form. If you are visiting from out of town, we can arrange a limousine service for you from the airport to your hotel as well as accommodations to our dental office.

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