Missing teeth and poor fitting dentures are common dental problems that we see in our Dallas dentist office. Patients come to us looking to improve the aesthetics and the function of their smile for a better quality of life.
Dr. Mark Sowell is a leading Dallas area dentist for both restorative and cosmetic dentistry who has helped many patients achieve a smile that they not only feel good about, but that provides them lasting dental health. Being able to eat and speak normally has a great affect on your daily quality of life and is something that dental implants can offer when replacing missing teeth or securing a full or partial denture.
Dental implants provide several key benefits for your overall dental health:
- Bone retention: the post acts much like a tooth root, promoting health bone growth in the jaw
- Secure, permanent fit: screwed in place, your new prosthetic tooth will not slip or fall out
- No daily maintenance: there is no need for daily cleanings or the use of adhesives
- No dietary restrictions: patients can maintain better overall health with a varied, healthy diet.
Dr. Sowell offers several types of dental implants, depending on your particular needs and goals when it comes to your dental health. In most cases, all phases of your procedure are performed in the comfort of our Plano, TX dentist office where we offer concierge style dentistry for all of your oral health needs. Our goal is to help you restore a functional, natural looking smile with dental implants that will last for years to come.
- Single tooth dental implants: we can replace your missing tooth with a natural looking implant that will blend with your natural smile without compromising adjacent teeth to support an appliance
- Teeth In A Day: also know as “all-on-four”, Dr. Sowell can place several strategic mini or traditional implants to secure a hybrid denture for restoring lost teeth or replacing a poor fitting denture
- Multiple implants: Dr. Sowell can offer a secure and permanent option to the dental bridge for patients missing several consecutive teeth.
To learn more about the dental implant procedures and how dental implants can be the solution for your dental problems, schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark Sowell in his Plano dentist office. Dr. Sowell offers complimentary consultations for patients seeking dental implants and will take time with you to discuss your options. Contact our office at 972-382-6855 or request an appointment online today.
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April of each year marks Oral Cancer Awareness month as sponsored by various health organizations and the American Dental Association (ADA) in an effort to shed a brighter light on this often deadly disease affecting thousands each year.
Oral Cancer remains one of the deadliest cancers statistically because it is frequently diagnosed in the late stages of development. At this point, many patients are faced with less than a 50% survival rate.
Dr. Mark Sowell provides an oral cancer screening during your routine visits to our Plano, TX dentist office. This quick, painless exam lasts about two minutes, but could add years to your life if an oral cancer is spotted in the early stage when treatment is often successful. Many patients do not even realize that they are being screened for the signs of oral cancer as Dr. Sowell performs a routine examination of the teeth, gums and neck area during their hygiene visits.
Common Signs of Oral Cancer
Although many signs of oral cancer easily go unnoticed, understanding what Dr. Sowell is looking for during your screening can help you to monitor your own oral health between visits, especially if you are a smoker or use tobacco products which places you in the high risk category.
- Sore throat or feeling of something caught in the throat
- Thickening of soft oral tissues
- Noticeable red or white patches in the mouth
- Numbness of the tongue
- Swelling in the jaw area
- Change in the fit of dentures
- Difficulty swallowing
Although some of these signs or symptoms can be an indication of a wide range of dental health concerns, it is important to come in for a visit if you notice any of these changes. Early treatment can often avoid more complex problems down the road and in the case of oral cancer, it could be lifesaving.
Oral cancer screening provides another good reason to visit with Dr. Sowell in Plano, TX twice a year. Routine dental care not only keeps your smile healthy but can also provide the opportunity to spot early signs of larger health concerns such as oral cancer. As your dentist, we consider ourselves a partner in your overall health care, helping you to enjoy the best quality of life every day.
Posted in: general dentistry, oral cancer
Modern dentistry recommends that we strive to keep our natural teeth healthy for as long as possible for the best quality of life. With the advent of new technology in the dental field and improved standards of oral health in recent years, we are retaining our natural teeth longer than ever before.
This means that we must maintain consistent oral hygiene and schedule regular dental check ups throughout our lifetime. Dr. Mark Sowell understands that our oral health needs change as we age and would like to discuss some special concerns for adult and senior patients.
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 antibiotics 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 ensure that root cavities do not occur. For elderly patients with dentures, regular dental visits are also important, as a dentist can ensure a properly fitting denture and can also examine your mouth for signs of periodontal disease and oral cancer, with of which are highly treatable when caught early.
Cosmetic Dentistry for A Lasting Smile
We understand that aesthetics are also important to our older adult patients and we would like to address certain cosmetic procedures that may benefit us as we age.
Throughout our lives, our teeth may begin to darken due to staining or may abrade due to parafunctional habits. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are both options for older patients who desire to improve the look of their smiles!
In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthy diet and exercise is important for older adults in maintaining the healthiest mouth possible. Certain chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes are connected to oral health; living a healthier lifestyle can lessen our risks for these diseases.
If you have any questions about specific oral health concerns for older patients, please don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Sowell during your next visit!
Posted in: Oral Health, preventative dental care TX
Though it may feel like your child is too young for the dentist, experts agree that the earlier children begin a healthy relationship with oral hygiene and the dentist, the better. To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell reminds parents and caregivers that your child’s oral health is an important part to their overall health and well-being.
One of the most common chronic childhood disease is tooth decay. It affects approximately 50% of first graders and 80% of 17 year olds. Children should begin seeing a dentist by the age of 3 or when the all primary teeth have erupted- earlier if there are other concerns. Not only will this first visit help children get acclimated to the idea of the dentist, it will also help them and their parents learn how to maintain good oral health for the long run. At our Plano, TX family dentist office, Dr. Sowell and his staff take the time to teach children to learn how to properly brush and floss- and have fun taking care of their smile.
Dentists can help parents learn:
• How to care for an infant’s teeth
• If their child is getting enough fluoride
• If and when to wean children off thumb sucking
• Safety measures to prevent face and teeth damage
• What to expect when a child starts teething and losing baby teeth
• The relationship between a baby’s diet and oral health
• What to do and what to not to do surrounding sippy cups
• How babies can “catch” bacteria from utensils, fingers, and caregivers
Many people are under the impression that baby teeth don’t need to be cared for like adult teeth, but early preventive dental care serves several important purposes, including laying the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health. Children with cavities in their baby teeth are at a much higher risk for cavities later in life. Additionally, baby teeth form a path that permanent teeth will follow when they erupt. Untreated tooth decay can cause speech impediments, pain, and oral infections. Early detection of oral problems allows for conservative and inexpensive treatments.
Habits are formed when children are young. A healthy oral routine, including brushing and flossing, and twice a year visits to the dentist are extremely important to instill in a child. Professional cleanings are just as important in a 2 year old as they are in a 22 year old.
Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Call our Plano, TX dentist office today to schedule an appointment for your child!
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Though January 1 is a great time for resolving to eat better, exercise more, and make more time for the things we love, any date on the calendar is a great time to resolve to have better oral health. Whether you need to schedule your routine dental hygiene visit, need a new local dentist or have been away from the dentist and want to restore a healthy smile- Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell can provide the services you need.
Oral health is dependent on routine dental care. It’s necessary to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and checkups. Many dental issues, including cavities and gum disease, are found only when dentists are able to perform thorough examinations in a dental office. Additionally, regular cleanings including tooth scaling, which removes tartar from your teeth. This can’t be done at home and is important for your teeth and gums. If oral health problems aren’t spotted as early as possible and effectively treated, they can spread and become more serious, potentially needing more in-depth and expensive care.
You should visit the dentist at least twice a year to:
• Save on future dental costs
• Maintain clean and healthy teeth
• Potentially diagnose gum disease or tooth decay
In addition to maintaining oral health, there are many dental treatments that improve the health as well as the aesthetics of your teeth and gums. Cosmetic dentistry procedures such as porcelain veneers, dental implants, and teeth whitening not only give you a more beautiful smile, but also contribute to the positive health of your mouth. Teeth that are straight and properly aligned function better and are even easier to brush and floss.
At home oral health is equally as important as routine dental visits. Brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with mouthwash are the most important steps in taking care of your teeth and gums. Poor oral health can affect other parts of the body and studies have found correlations between oral health and cardiovascular disease, systemic disease, and prenatal health.
Making a resolution is a great way for both children and adults to kick off better oral health. A healthy and beautiful smile is always in season!
Schedule Your Appointment
Dr. Sowell is accepting new patients in his Plano, TX dental office. Call the office directly or schedule an appointment online.
Posted in: routine dental care
The holidays are full of busy days, parties, family memories- and lots of great sweets and goodies that can affect not only our waistline- but our oral health! Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers holiday wishes to all patients- as well as a few quick tips for keeping your smile healthy while enjoying the best the season has to offer.
- Enjoy those cakes, cookies and candies in moderation- good for the smile and the waistline!
- Chew sugar free gum or rinse with water after a sweet snack or dark beverages such as red wine
- Never use your teeth to crack a nut or open a package- keep the right tools handy for guests
- Brush and floss daily, even when your routine is disrupted by fun and travel
- Be sure to visit our office for ROUTINE DENTAL CARE as needed to keep your teeth and gums healthy
In case of the unexpected dental emergency, contact our Plano, TX dentist office as soon as possible for advice on how best to handle the situation and mitigate permanent damage.
Is holiday stress leading to teeth grinding or jaw clenching? If so, contact our dentist office to schedule a visit and learn more about how a custom mouth guard could protect your teeth and improve dental health. Left untreated, tooth grinding (also called bruxism) can lead to tooth damage and other dental problems.
Looking for a quick smile makeover for those holiday parties and events? Schedule a teeth whitening treatment after your routine dental cleaning for a bright, white smile you will be happy to share. It may also be the inspiration you need to practice the tips mentioned above and moderate those dark foods and beverages.
Happy Holidays from Dr. Sowell!
Posted in: news & events, Oral Health
Dallas dentist Dr. Mark Sowell has been dedicated to advancing his knowledge and skill as a dentist for the past 25 years. He is an alumni of several top dental teaching institutions, including SPEAR, where he is also a visiting faculty member. As a dentist, Dr. Sowell seeks to provide quality care for his patients and to help them maintain optimal dental health as well as achieve cosmetic goals for a beautiful smile. This is often achieved through restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or a combination of the two.
In October, Dr. Sowell attended a Spear Education workshop for “Advanced Implant Restorative Design“. Located in Scottsdale, AZ, SPEAR offers a wide range of workshops and lectures on clinical conditions and dental procedures that are taught by leaders in their field. The goal is always to improve the patient experience and the quality of results.
Dr. Sowell provides solutions for patients with missing teeth, including dental implants. The recent workshop he attended provided the opportunity to expand his skill in restoring natural looking, comfortable dental implants. Dr. Sowell recommends the use of dental implants when replacing one or more missing teeth because of the many benefits they offer for a patient’s overall oral health. When used to permanently anchor a denture in the replacement of all upper or lower teeth, dental implants can provide a secure smile that does not require daily maintenance.
Dr. Sowell continues to evolve his practice in dentistry through continuing education, enabling him to improve patient results with leading techniques, materials and technology. Your healthy smile is a big part of a great quality of life each and every day. Dr. Sowell can help you restore dental health that has been compromised by damaged and/or missing teeth. Contact his Plano dentist office or schedule an appointment online.
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Suffering with frequent headaches? Jaw pain? Difficulty chewing?
You may have a Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), or bite disorder, commonly called TMJ.
TMJ, which means temporomandibular joint, is a dental health condition where the chewing muscles within the mouth are greatly affected in functionality. These are located near the joints between the base of the skull and the lower jaw. For most patients, TMJ is the result of an underlying dental problem that has led to an imbalance in the bite.
While in most cases, the signs and symptoms of the disorder are not severe, they can affect the quality of life and lead to more complex dental problems down the road. Plano, TX Dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers diagnosis and treatment for bite disorders such as TMJ to relieve symptoms and restore your quality of life.
Symptoms of the Disorder
Patients suffering from a TMJ disorder, experience the following troubling signs of TMJ,
• Limited or restricted jaw mobility
• Teeth clenching or grinding
• Signs of tooth wear
• Shoulder and neck pain
• Migraines or headaches
• Popping, grating or clicking noises while chewing or during mouth movement
• Muscle pain around the jaw area
• Feeling of a stuck jaw which makes eating difficult
All of these symptoms are clear signs that you might be suffering from a TMJ disorder.
Causes of TMJ
The disorder may be caused by a variety of underlying problems:
• Bruxism, that is grinding and clenching of teeth during sleep
• Any injury to the joint area caused by an accident or surgical procedure
• Any bite disorders, like an uneven bite due to fitted dentures, fillings and dental crowns
TMJ Therapy: Treatment Options
To ensure a good quality of life and lasting dental health, it is important to seek treatment in the early stages.
Dr. Sowell will assess your overall dental health, including the function of your jaw joints, to determine the underlying cause of TMJ. He will look for signs of teeth grinding, a common symptom of a bite disorder which can lead to damaged or lost teeth.
Dr. Sowell will create an individual treatment plan designed to help restore a healthy smile and lasting oral health.
Treatment options can include:
• Dental splint therapy
• Orthodontic treatment
• Occlusal equilibration
• Mouth guard
Left untreated, TMJ can have a dramatic impact on oral health over time, often damaging teeth and further affecting the alignment of the bite.
If you are suffering with any of the symptoms mentioned above, or have been avoiding the dentist for some time, call our Plano, TX dentist office and schedule an appointment. Dr. Sowell can help you get back a healthy, functional and happy smile.
We offer sedation dentistry of patients who suffer with dental anxiety to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable during treatment.
Posted in: restorative dentistry, tmj therapy
Local Dallas dentist Dr. Mark Sowell is dedicated to enhancing the patient experience through better dentistry. He spends many hours each year attending and teaching dental workshops and lectures on a wide range of treatments and procedures. Staying on top of the latest scientific research, materials and technological advances enables him to provide comprehensive dental treatments and educate his patients on how best to maintain their oral health.
In September Dr. Sowell attended the annual Spear Faculty Club Summit at the SPEAR Institute for Advanced Dental Education located in Scottsdale, AZ. The summit offered the opportunity to spend time with many of the top dentists from around the country, learning from each other and from the founder of the Spear Institute, Dr. Frank Spear.
Dr. Sowell is proud to be the founding member of a new Dallas Spear Study Club, providing a local forum for advancing dental education and exchanging ideas and knowledge on the latest in dentistry. Dr. Sowell has learned first hand the significant value that continuing education plays in evolving a dynamic dental practice that can help patients achieve not just beautiful smiles, but functional smiles that support lasting oral health. He seeks to teach younger dentists in his local area the benefits for both dentist and patient of providing comprehensive dental care.
The 2015 Summit also included lectures on implant dentistry and the latest advances in materials and technique for better results. Practicing dentists share their thoughts, experiences and results to encourage and inform each other, ultimately creating a better patient experience.
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Bad breath, also known as halitosis, is a common complaint and can be caused by a variety of lifestyle habits or health concerns. Dr. Mark Sowell understands your personal concerns and will take the time during your visit to our Plano, TX office to determine the cause and recommend appropriate treatment.
In many cases, a change in lifestyle habits or additional oral hygiene is sufficient to address chronic bad breath. Here are a few quick tips on how best to keep your breath fresh:
- Brush and floss daily: brushing the teeth twice a day for two minutes (2X2) reduces bacteria in the mouth and removes food particles that become lodged and contribute to halitosis
- Mouthwash: rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash after brushing will boost the effects of tooth brushing. Avoid those containing alcohol, which dries the mouth and actually contribute to bad breath
- Reduce or eliminate the use of tobacco products
- Eat a healthy and varied diet with fruits and vegetables which can often naturally eliminate harmful bacteria in the mouth
- Drink plenty of water
- Chew sugar free gum after a meal
Bad Breath and Your Health
There are several health concerns that can also be the underlying cause of halitosis and should be addressed by Dr. Sowell:
- Gum disease or tooth cavities
- The use of certain medications
- Dry mouth, or xerostomia, caused by a variety of factors
- Respiratory infections, pneumonia
- Acid reflux
Halitosis can also signal systemic disease such as diabetes or liver and kidney problems.
When visiting with Dr. Sowell, it is important to discuss your concerns about persistent bad breath so that he may assist you in identifying the cause and ensuring that any health concerns are addressed.
As your dentist, Dr. Sowell is a partner in your overall health care and strives to help you maintain both a healthy smile and a healthy lifestyle!
Posted in: Oral Health