Dedication To Education: Dr. Sowell at SPEAR


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.

Dallas TX dentist Dr. Sowell at SPEARIn 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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TMJ..Symptoms, Causes and Treatment Options


TMJ Therapy, Plano, TXSuffering 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
• Earaches
• 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
• Stress

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.

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Spear Faculty Club Summit 2015


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.

dr sowell spear summit 2015dr frank spear scottsdale azIn 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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How to Deal with Bad Breath..


sowell-concern5Bad 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!

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Dedication to Education: Dr. Sowell Teaches At Spear


Plano dentist Dr. Mark Sowell has earned a reputation based on quality dentistry provided in his Dallas dental practice, based on his wide range of training and experience. He dedicates many hours each year to both learning and teaching colleagues in an effort to stay on top of the latest techniques and treatments.

Plano TX dentist Dr. Mark SowellIn August, Dr. Sowell and his staff attended a dental conference in Dallas to learn more about CE updates to enhance the patient experience and provide better service.

Dr. Sowell returned to Spear in Arizona to teach “Advanced Occlusion ” to dentists at the Spear Education Center. A restorative dentist who offers treatment for bite disorders such as TMJ, Dr. Sowell took time to teach colleagues the principles of diagnosing and addressing complex dental problems that are the result of an imbalance in the bite.

As a dentist, Dr. Sowell takes the time with his patients to examine the entire occlusal system which includes the teeth, gums and jaw joints. When all are functioning properly, patients can enjoy a healthy and comfortable bite.

As a Spear Faculty Member, Dr. Sowell is a leader in advancing the latest science and techniques in dentistry. It also enables him to provide the highest quality dentistry to his patients, addressing everything from cosmetic concerns to more complex problems affecting their oral health.

Later this month, he will return to Arizona to attend the Spear Faculty Club summit meeting in Scottsdale at the Scottsdale Center for Advanced Dental education. Dr. Sowell will spend time with other faculty members, enjoying the opportunity to socialize and discuss the latest news in the various fields of dentistry.

Modern dentistry has made great strides in both the use of technology and the understanding of how a balanced bite can support oral health. Dr. Sowell remains dedicated to being an integral part of emerging dental techniques and providing quality patient care in his Dallas area dentist office.

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Back to School Cavity Prevention..


As parents, the end of summer marks the beginning of back-to-school preparation. This includes school supply shopping, summer reading, and visits with your child’s doctor and dentist to ensure that he or she is healthy for the upcoming school year.

While a visit to the dentist may not seem as important as a physical examination at the doctor, your child’s oral health is in fact crucial to his or her overall health. Dr. Mark Sowell understands that back-to-school preparations can be stressful on both parents and children and would like to offer some tips on how to ace that dental checkup and stay cavity-free for the whole school year!

Cavity Prevention in Children

Diligent oral hygiene maintenance is the strongest foundation for a healthy mouth. As parents, it is your responsibility to instill positive oral health habits in your child from the very beginning. Did you know that over half of children aged 5-9 have at least one cavity?

You can prevent your child from becoming a part of this statistic simply by encouraging them to brush for 2 minutes twice daily (2 X 2) and floss once daily. During routine visits to our Plano, TX office, we take the time to show our young patients how to effectively brush and floss to maintain tooth enamel and oral health.

You can also improve your child’s oral health by preparing meals that are low in sugar and discouraging in-between meal snacking and sugary drinks- including ghettoes popular sports drinks! Snacking provides more opportunities for the bacteria in your mouth to feed on sugar and produce acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities.

Tooth decay is an infectious disease and is especially prevalent among school children; tooth-related illnesses account for the loss of 52 million school hours each year.

If your child is especially prone to cavities or if a low-sugar diet is not entirely realistic, you may want to talk to Dr. Sowell about preventative sealants. This dental procedure uses a resin to fill in the pits and grooves on your molar teeth and makes them a less favorable environment for bacterial invasion.

We hope that you found these suggestions helpful and Dr. Sowell and his staff would like to wish you a happy and healthy new school year!

ADA video about back-to-school checkups:

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Oral Health Care During Pregnancy..


Pregnancy brings with it many joys and surprises, but it also brings about some health changes. Among the other bodily changes that occur during pregnancy, some changes in your oral health status may occur as well. Hormonal gingivitis is common during pregnancy and can present suddenly with red, swollen gums that bleed. If you notice these changes or have any further questions about oral health during pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to schedule a visit with Plano, TX dentist, Dr. Mark Sowell.

For patients who suffer with morning- or anytime- sickness, the increased exposure of the teeth to acids from the stomach can pose a risk for tooth enamel erosion which can affect the strength of your teeth. It is also important to discuss this with Dr. Sowell if you have experienced significant morning sickness during your pregnancy.

In addition to brushing twice daily and flossing once daily, it is also recommended that you rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash once a day.
Fluoride is critical for strengthening your own and your baby’s teeth to prevent decay. All products with the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of approval are safe for pregnant women, although if you are considering new products that are not ADA endorsed, it is important to speak with Dr. Sowell to ensure that they are safe for you and your baby.

It is important to maintain your preventive dental care during pregnancy to monitor for any oral health changes. Though x-rays and dental procedures are usually safe during pregnancy, dental treatment may be postponed in the event of a high-risk pregnancy. It is crucial to alert Dr. Sowell about your pregnancy during your visit so that we can take additional care to make sure you are as safe and comfortable as possible.

Your dental health is important, both during your pregnancy and after! Keep your smile looking and feeling its best with regular visits to our Plano, TX dentist office and be sure to come in if an oral health concern arises during your pregnancy.

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Why Choose Us?


Your smile is one of the most memorable parts of your overall appearance!

When considering either a smile makeover or fixing a cosmetic concern the cosmetic dentistry options available today can seem overwhelming. Making the right choice for the best possible result starts with choosing the right cosmetic dentist.

Why Choose Us?

Dr. Sowell and James Chung in our Ceramic Dental Lab in our Plano TX dentist officeDallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Sowell has over 25 years of advanced training and experience in helping patients achieve the smile they desire while improving their overall dental health. Dr. Sowell has developed a process known as “Smile Design” to ensure that patients receive the best possible results through quality dentistry, materials and the latest techniques. In addition to offering his signature Five Star dental service, Dr. Sowell has an in office ceramics lab run by master ceramist James Chung. Through the use of digital images and diagnostics, Mr. Chung works with Dr. Sowell to create custom fit and color matched dental restorations using the highest quality materials available. Minor changes to provide the “perfect” fit can be easily managed, without having to schedule another visit to our office.

Office Tour 6One of the most important aspects of lasting, comfortable results is addressing any underlying dental problems that may compromise your dentistry. Dr. Sowell performs a thorough evaluation of your entire occlusal system during a consultation and exam, looking for signs of improper tooth wear or bite misalignment that can signal an occlusal disorder. Without diagnosing and addressing any possible occlusal problems, it is likely that a cosmetic concern or dental problem being treated will reoccur in the future. Comprehensive dentistry can save patients both time and money down the road as well as provide results that are comfortable and lasting.

Dr. Sowell offers a wide range of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments and procedures and often recommends a combination of treatment options to more effectively achieve your cosmetic and dental health goals. Through education and experience, he is able to successfully combine both skill and artistry when treating patients. The results? Beautiful!

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How to keep your gums healthy


Properly caring for your gums is essential for having strong teeth. Did you know that gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss in adults? Plano, TX dentist Dr. Mark Sowell and his staff keep this fact in mind with every visit and are committed to making sure that your gums stay as healthy as possible!

In order to avoid periodontal (gum) problems, it is important to know a little bit about gum disease and its presentations. Early stage gum disease is called gingivitis and is fairly common, especially in adolescents. Patients with gingivitis normally have red, swollen gums that are painful to brush and floss and often bleed during dental visits. The inflammation in gingivitis is caused by plaque and calculus that build up under the gums. Thankfully, early stage gum disease is reversible and can be treated through routine dental visits and diligent brushing and flossing at home. However, once gingivitis progresses into late-stage periodontitis, the effects are no longer reversible.

Late-stage gum disease, or periodontitis, occurs when plaque bacteria progress deep into the gums and cause resorption of bone in your jaws. This bone resorption, if left untreated, can cause loss of tooth attachment and thus, tooth loss. Periodontitis can occur in addition to red, swollen gums or can occur with seemingly healthy gums. Late-stage gum disease with attachment loss also occurs without pain; for this reason, it is important to follow up with your dentist regularly and be screened for periodontitis.

Periodontal screening is a simple procedure in which a dentist or hygienist uses a probing instrument to measure the distance between the bone of your jaw and your gums. A measurement of 3 mm or less is considered healthy, whereas a measurement greater than 4mm signifies bone loss and may require more rigorous treatment with a gum specialist, also known as a periodontist.

Tooth loss due to gum disease is a scary thought, but luckily, it can be completely avoided through proper dental hygiene. If you have any questions about periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Sowell during your next visit!

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Solutions For a Gummy Smile


ThinkstockPhotos-122407402There are several reasons for having what we call a “gummy smile”, meaning that the top gums are visible when smiling. This often makes the teeth appear smaller and/or shorter than they are, disrupting the natural symmetry of a patient’s smile and causing embarrassment in many cases.

Dallas dentist Dr. Mark Sowell offers treatment for a gummy smile that can change the shape of the teeth and enhance your appearance, giving you back confidence in your natural smile.

Laser Dentistry for a Gummy Smile

Dr. Sowell uses laser dentistry to gently reshape the gum line, reducing the amount of top gum that is visible when smiling. Results can be seen right away and last a lifetime! The procedure, known as a gum lift, is easy and requires no down time afterwards- patients can return to their normal routine the next day with a brand new smile.

Dental lasers enable Dr. Sowell to skillfully change the gum line without damaging any tooth structure and with little bleeding and discomfort for the patient. This type of precision results in a beautifully symmetrical result that looks as if nothing has been done at all.

If you have been trying to hide your smile because it appears to be more gums than teeth, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Sowell in his Plano dentist office. He will take the time to perform a thorough examination and discuss your cosmetic concerns and goals before determining if a gum lift is appropriate for you.

Dr. Sowell is a highly trained and experienced cosmetic dentist who can help you achieve both lasting dental health and a smile you are proud to share.

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