TMJ Pain Management

20
Feb

Woman with a HeadacheTMD or TMJ are the terms used to describe a range of symptoms caused by the disturbance of the jaw muscle or joint. While there is no one singular cause or treatment of the disorder, it is essential for your oral health to seek diagnosis and treatment to alleviate the associated chronic pain and damage to your teeth. Dr. Mark Sowell screens every patient for the signs of bruxism. Plano, TX Sensational Smiles offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of TMD conditions.

Clenching and grinding of teeth can cause damage to your teeth, gums, and to the function of your jaw. Excessive wear, chips, and cracks of the teeth can often be caused by the repeated act of grinding or clenching teeth. This repeated action is called bruxism. Although many patients grind their teeth throughout the day, a significant amount of patients are grinding or clenching while asleep, and may not be aware of the damage they are causing their teeth and gums.

Recognizing TMD

Knowing the signs and symptoms of TMD can make you aware you may be suffering from the oral health condition. Seeking treatment for TMD as soon as possible can help you avoid the development of further deterioration of your oral health.

  • Sensitivity in teeth & gums
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Popping or clicking of the jaw
  • Tense muscles
  • Frequent headaches
  • Excessive wear or flat teeth
  • Tongue indentations

Treating TMD

There is no one size fits all treatment for any oral health concern. Dr. Sowell treats each patient on an individual basis and will help your form a treatment plan that will best suit your goals and budget and that will improve your oral health.

Dr. Sowell offers thermoplastic appliance to help reduce bruxism. The plastic device is carefully fabricated to fit over your teeth for protection and a decrease of stress in the jaw muscle and joint. Many patients find relief after just a few nights of wearing their device. Patients report having fewer headaches and jaw tension due to a decrease in clenching and grinding while asleep.

Schedule A Consultation

If you believe you may be suffering from TMJ or TMD related pain, contact our Plano dentist office for a consultation. Dr. Sowell can help relieve the stress on your jaw, and offers comprehensive restorative and cosmetic dentistry to address any damage already done to your teeth or gums.

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A More Relaxed Dentist Office Experience

7
Feb

sand, lily and stones in zen garden - spa backgroundDo not ignore your oral health because of anxiety or fear of the dentist. Your oral health is important. Good oral health and a confident smile can add years to your life, and improve your day to day interactions and experiences. Plano dentist Dr. Mark Sowell combines modern dentistry with sedation dentistry and compassion for a comfortable and relaxing dentist office experience.

Compassionate and Comprehensive Dental Care Plano, TX

The dental care team of Sensational Smiles treats all of their patients with compassion and personalized attention. When you are at our Plano dentist office, we make sure that you are comfortable and receive the oral health care you deserve. Dr. Sowell will take the time to discuss your fears, and dental concerns so that he can provide treatment that will provide quality results while you feel relaxed and calm.

Sedation Dentistry Plano TX

Sedation dentistry allows patients to receive the dental care they need to maintain their oral health and achieve their cosmetic goals while totally relaxed. Dr. Sowell provides oral sedation and IV sedation dentistry. The form of sedation you receive will be dependent on your medical history and preference. All sedated patients are carefully monitored by trained professionals.

Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is administered through pills. You will remain awake and alert during your procedure and can watch tv or listen to music. The pill will inhibit your body from feeling anxious. Dr. Sowell may supplement the pill with nitrous oxide if necessary.

Iv Sedation: IV sedation is effective almost instantly and offers predictable results. You will need a ride home after your procedure and effects will wear off after a few hours.

Laser Dentistry Plano TX

Laser dentistry is a state of the art technology that allows for quiet and comfortable treatment of many common and complex oral health concerns. Many patients fear the sound and feel of drills. Laser dentistry can do away with the typical sounds of a dentist office. Most procedures completed with laser dentistry are fairly painless, and require minimal, to no down time.
Laser dentistry provides non surgical, non invasive health benefits for teeth and gums.

Laser dentistry can be used to treat:

Gum disease
Tooth decay
Gum lifts
Gum recession
Teeth whitening
Tmj Therapy

Schedule An Appointment

Learn more about how sedation dentistry can help you receive the oral health care you need at your next appointment at Sensational Smiles. Contact our Plano dentist office to schedule an appointment and get back to enjoying a healthy, beautiful smile.

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Gum Reshaping For Beautiful Smiles

30
Jan

Cosmetic Dentistry, Plano, TXYour gums play an important role in the aesthetics of your smile. If your smile is gummy, asymmetrical, or receding, Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell can help. With the use of state-of-the-art dental technology and eye for facial aesthetics, Dr. Sowell can help you create the smile of your dreams.

Improving the look of your smile can improve your quality of life. Feeling confident in your smile helps to improve your social interaction. The look of your gums can make an impact on the aesthetics of your smile.

Dr. Sowell’s highly trained artistic eye can visualize and create a gum line that will enhance your natural smile. Taking into consideration the shape of your face, the size of your teeth and your personal cosmetic concerns, Dr. Sowell will create a smile you will feel confident in sharing.

WaterLase Technology

Dr. Sowell uses WaterLase laser technology for effective, safe, and convenient treatment for gum reshaping. WaterLase requires little to no downtime and many patients return to work the very next day. Laser technology is becoming the standard in dental treatments for its precision and accurate results. Dr. Sowell has over eight years of experience using WaterLase to provide you with the most beautiful version of your smile. WaterLase can treat receding gums, gummy smiles, gum disease, or asymmetrical gums.

Like all cosmetic dental concerns, receding gums can often be a sign of more advanced oral health concerns. Receding gums can be a sign of gum disease while gummy smiles may be caused by misaligned teeth. Dr. Sowell can provide dental treatments to address the root of your oral health concerns so that you can enjoy your optimal oral health.

Dental Treatments Plano, TX

During your personalized consultation, you and Dr. Sowell will build a custom treatment plan to address all of your oral health concerns and cosmetic goals. Our comprehensive and quality dental care will help to protect the health and beauty of your smile for years to come.

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Bad Breath & Your Oral Health

6
Jan

sowell-concern5Bad breath may not seem like a big problem. And it may not be. If a good brushing and flossing rids your mouth of the smell, you are most likely experiencing normal halitosis. However, if the smell persists, it may be a warning sign for a more complex oral health concern. Plano dentist Dr. Mark Sowell can help to determine the cause of your bad breath.

Causes of Bad Breath

  • Bacteria- Bacteria is naturally occurring in your mouth. When you eat, food particles get left behind. The wet, warm conditions of your mouth allow more bacteria to grow on the food particles if they are not removed by brushing and flossing. This buildup can eventually lead to tooth decay. Be sure to get professional teeth cleanings twice a year at our Plano dentist office to get rid of tartar your toothbrush cannot reach.
  • Dry Mouth- Dry mouth is caused by a lack of saliva production. Saliva helps to naturally keep your mouth clean. Dry mouth can cause halitosis. Long term dry mouth can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. To avoid developing dry mouth make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. If you have a medical condition or are are taking medications, be sure to let Dr. Sowell know- these could be the underlying cause of your dry mouth and halitosis.
  • Gum Disease- If you are experiencing chronic halitosis, it may be a sign you are developing gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the gums. Gum disease is a complex oral health concern that has been linked to a increased chance for developing systemic health concerns such as heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s. Regular visits to Dr. Sowell can help keep gum disease under control. Our Plano dentist office offers a full range of periodontal treatments that can help decrease bad breath.

Schedule An Appointment

With a thorough and comprehensive approach to your dentistry, Dallas dentist Dr. Sowell takes into account all aspects of your oral and overall health. Our Plano dentist office offers a full range of periodontal therapy, cosmetic and restorative dental procedures that can help you to enjoy your optimal oral health. From teeth whitening to dental implants, Dr. Sowell will work with you to build your healthy, functional and beautiful smile you will be confident to show off.

Contact our Plano dentist office to schedule an appointment and get back to enjoying a healthy, beautiful smile.

Posted in: adult dental care dallas

Instant Orthodontics

19
Dec

If you have crooked or worn down teeth but do not want to deal with the hassle of braces, concierge dentist Dr. Mark Sowell may have a solution. With Instant Orthodontics you can have a beautiful, functional smile in just two weeks. Plano, TX Sensational Smiles offers Instant Orthodontics for patients seeking a hollywood smile on a schedule.

Instant Orthodontics

Now you only have to wait a few weeks for your ideal smile instead of at least 18 months required with traditional orthodontia. Instant Orthodontics is achieved through the use of artistic empress porcelain shells that Dr. Sowell will laser-bond to your existing teeth. Instant orthodontics offer a natural appearance that can cover smile imperfections from discoloration to gaps.

Porcelain veneers are a permanent, long lasting dental restoration that will instantly improve your smile’s aesthetics and function. Using the latest in dental materials and technology, Dr. Sowell provides porcelain veneers that will look natural and feel comfortable. Porcelain veneers require no more maintenance than your natural teeth. Brushing, flossing and frequent visits to the dentist office should keep your veneers functional and beautiful for a lifetime.

Before & After Instant Orthodontics Plano, TX

See first hand how Instant Orthodontics can improve your smile. Here are some happy patients who received empress veneers.
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Schedule An Appointment Plano, TX

To find out what cosmetic or restorative dental treatments can help to restore your smile, contact our Plano dentist office today. Highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Sowell will help you build a personalized and comprehensive dental treatment plan so you can enjoy a beautiful smile and optimal oral health.

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Keep Your Smile Bright

1
Dec

GettyImages_160571222Having a youthful and healthy smile can have an impact on your first impression. Whether it is in your personal or professional life, having a beautiful smile can often help you enjoy life with more confidence. Put your best smile forward with the help of Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell. Dr. Sowell offers cosmetic dental care with years of experience and advanced education. Highly trained and educated in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, Dr. Sowell offers dental procedures that can restore both function and beauty to your smile.

Keep Your Smile Bright

Visiting our Plano dentist office at least twice a year can help keep your smile looking and feeling bright and healthy. Dental check-ups are essential in maintaining your best oral health.

Regular dental cleanings can keep plaque build up from developing into tooth decay and can help keep your gums disease free.

In addition to regular dental check ups, practicing routine at home dental hygiene will help keep your oral health in top condition. Brushing and flossing properly twice a day may help you to avoid developing advanced dental health concerns that could age the look of your smile.

Eat Well

Believe it or not, what you eat can affect the health and appearance of your smile. A healthy well balanced diet can keep your teeth strong and healthy. Beverages high in acidity or of strong color, like coffee and wine, can age your teeth by causing tooth discoloration. Foods high in calcium like cheese and yogurt can help strengthen your tooth enamel. Broccoli can help scrub your teeth clean, and strawberries are linked to naturally whitening your teeth.

Reduce Your Stress

When under stress, some people may grind teeth or clench their jaws. Grinding your teeth can cause headaches, jaw pain and may even cause chipped or cracked teeth. Dr. Sowell offers TMJ therapy and mouthguards to help you alleviate the pain associated with stress teeth grinding. Try exercising and getting plenty of rest to reduce stress.

Smile Makeover

Concierge dentist Dr. Sowell offers full Smile Design services at his Plano dentist office. With a thorough and comprehensive approach to dentistry, Dr. Sowell takes into account each piece of your smile including the biology of your teeth, the angel of your bite, and your own personal cosmetic concerns. Dr. Sowell offers a full range of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures that can take years off of your smile. From teeth whitening to dental implants, Dr. Sowell will work with you to build your healthy, functional and beautiful smile you will be confident to show off.

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Biophotonic Scanner for Gum Disease

10
Nov

sowell-concern5Periodontal disease afflicts nearly 80% of adults. First deteriorating the health of your gums and teeth, advanced periodontal disease has been linked to strokes, cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. Gum disease is a serious oral health condition that must be addressed by a dentist as soon as you begin to notice signs. A healthy dental hygiene routine and regular dental check ups can help to prevent, identify and diagnose gum disease as early as possible.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gums
  • Sore gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Abscess on gums
  • Dental abscess
  • Gum infection
  • Abscessed tooth

If you believe you are suffering from any stage of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Plano dentist Dr. Mark Sowell. Dr. Sowell provides state of the art diagnosis and treatment of gum disease. With 25 years of dentistry experience and his passionate commitment to continuing education, Dr. Sowell practices with a unique combination of skill and the most up to date modern dental technology. Dr. Sowell uses a biophotonic scanner as part of a comprehensive diagnosis plan to offer a holistic diagnosis and treatment options for gum disease.

Biophotonic Scans Plano TX

Biophotonic Scan is a nobel prize winning device that Dr. Sowell uses to determine your body’s ability to fight off gum disease causing bacteria on its own. Based on the results, Dr. Sowell can help to build you a more precise gum disease treatment plan.

A simple, non-contact, painless scan, Dr. Sowell places a hand held device to the patient’s palm and in minutes an immunity analysis is calculated. The Biopohotonic Scan measures the body’s ability to fight off bad bacteria. By determining how your body’s immune system reacts to bad bacteria, you and Dr. Sowell can devise a personalized plan to help your body fight better.

High Score: A high score on the biophotonic scan indicates your body is able to control disease with routine at home dental hygiene and regular dental visits.

Low Score: A low biophotonic scan score indicates that your body’s immune system is in need of a boost to help fight off the bad bacteria in your mouth causing gum disease. A low score can explain chronic gum disease for certain patients despite their diligent at home oral health care. There are many reasons why you may score low and Dr. Sowell can help you to determine your unique oral health needs.

If you score is low, an easy first step in helping to boost your immune system is improving your diet. Dr. Sowell may suggest eating 10 to 12 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. By increasing your vegetable and fruit intake, you are offering your body a boost in antioxidants that can help fight off gum disease causing bacteria.

Schedule An Appointment

Do not let gum disease take control of your life. To learn more about gum disease and your oral and overall health, and what you can do to fight it contact Dr. Mark Sowell. Schedule an appointment online at our Plano, TX dentist office.

Posted in: Gum Disease in Adults

Keep Your Smile Healthy

6
Nov

516314543The market is saturated with oral health products. From floss and denture products to oral pain relief and teeth whitening kits, every product has countless varieties offered by hundreds of manufacturers. It can be difficult to navigate what dental hygiene products are right for you. If you want to be sure that your oral health products “say what the they do and do what they say” look for the official ADA seal.

Just like you may have chosen ADA member dentist Dr. Mark Sowell for his work ethic and commitment to high ADA standards, you may want to choose products that commit to the same. Plano, TX dentist Dr. Sowell may recommend purchasing products with the ADA seal. ADA seal products can best help supplement your regular dentist office visits. If you have questions about which products are best for your personal oral health concerns contact our Plano dentist office and schedule a consultation.

Higher ADA Standards

Not all oral hygiene products are created equal. The ADA seal of approval requires that companies adhere to product regulations above and beyond what the law requires for safety and effectiveness. The ADA is selective and requires dental hygiene products to undergo rigorous scientific testing to qualify for the ADA seal.

The ADA seal can not be purchased by manufacturers. The seal must be earned by fulfilling the strict ADA product guidelines. The ADA Seal is not an endorsement, and the ADA receives no profit from distributing the seal. The seal is strictly used to inform consumers that the products they choose are effective and safe.

Shop With Confidence ADA Seal

Informed consumers can make better decisions. The ADA provides a shopping list of products they have approved. Review the list and compare products before hitting the store so you can feel confident you are making the right oral hygiene product choices for yourself. Dr. Sowell wants you to feel confident that you are making the healthiest oral hygiene choices for you and your family.

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Dr. Sowell:
A Cosmetic Dental Destination

15
Oct

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.

Posted in: cosmetic dentist dallas

Halloween Candy And Your Teeth

11
Oct

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!

Posted in: general dentistry, Oral Health