Deerfield Beach, FL Dentist
Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
4048 W. Hillsboro Blvd
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 429-8506
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By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
September 10, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental CrownsDo you need a dental crown? Dental crowns are dental restorations that cover the outside of the teeth. Crowns can correct different types of dental issues. Dr. Mark Boukzam is one of the top dentists in Deerfield Beach, FL. He offers a complete range of dental services. Read on to find answers to your most frequently asked questions about crowns.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are dental caps, shaped like teeth, that are permanently mounted over existing teeth by a dentist. A crown restores the tooth's shape, size, and strength, and improves its appearance. A dental crown can be cosmetic or functional and requires more than one trip to the dental office.

Why are dental crowns needed?

Dental crowns can strengthen teeth with large dental fillings when there isn’t enough tooth structure remaining to hold the fillings. Crowns are also used to protect weakened teeth from breaking and restore teeth that are already broken. A dental crown is also a good way to cover a tooth that is discolored.

What types of crowns are available?

Porcelain crowns are made from a glass-like substance, which is attractive to look at. These crowns are popular for their ability to blend with your natural tooth color. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns provide a stronger bond than regular porcelain because they're connected to a metal structure.

What does the procedure involve?

If your dentist determines a crown is necessary, he will prepare the tooth to fit the crown around it and take a mold of the area to use as a model for the crown. Your dentist will insert a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready for implantation. On a later visit, the dentist will place the permanent crown over the tooth.

How should I care for my crown?

Caring properly for your dental crown can make it last longer. Avoid chewing hard foods and objects that can break a dental crown. Take steps to avoid grinding your teeth. Maintain good oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing regularly and seeing your dentist twice a year for dental checkups and professional cleanings.

How long do dental crowns last?

Dental crowns are incredibly strong and durable. The average lifespan for a crown is typically around 15 years. However, when taken care of properly, it is common to see them last upwards of 25-30 years.

If you want a smile that’s your crowning glory, call our dental office at 954-429-8506 today to schedule a consultation in Deerfield Beach, FL. The healthy, beautiful smile you deserve is within reach with dental crowns.

By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
July 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental ImplantWhat your dentist in Deerfield Beach wants you to know

Dental implants are a strong, permanent replacement for missing teeth. It’s rare to have problems with them, but occasionally, a dental implant can break. It’s important to know what to do if your dental implant breaks. Dr. Mark Boukzam in Deerfield Beach, FL, wants to share the facts about how to care for a broken dental implant.

There are a few reasons why your dental implant might break. These include:

  • If you grind or clench your teeth regularly
  • If the dental implant screw is too narrow or too short
  • If you have a compromised immune system, or are diabetic
  • If you consume excessive amounts of alcohol

You may also experience a broken dental implant if your bone has failed to fuse with the implant. This can be due to a number of reasons including medical issues, infection, or radiation therapy.

No matter what the reason is, you need to know the signs of a broken dental implant, so you know when to call Dr. Boukzam. Your dental implant might be broken if you have:

  • Discomfort or pain around the implant area
  • A bad taste or smell around the implant area
  • Swelling, redness, bleeding, or drainage near the implant
  • Movement or instability of any part of the implant

Dr. Boukzam may recommend a number of treatments to correct your broken implant, including:

  • Using a wider screw for increased support
  • Anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling
  • Antibiotics if there is infection present

He may also suggest creating a custom-fit nightguard for you to protect your teeth from trauma if you grind or clench at night.

When you choose dental implants, you have chosen the most successful surgical implant with success rates in excess of 95% according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons.

You can be assured that failure of dental implants is very rare, but broken implants can happen and you need to know what to do. For more information about dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental services, call Dr. Boukzam in Deerfield Beach, FL, today!

By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
April 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you see a dull, stained smile when you look in the mirror? Teeth whitening can dramatically improve your appearance if you have food teeth whiteningand beverage stains or yellowing due to aging or smoking. Our Deerfield Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Mark Boukzam, explains how teeth whitening treatment brightens your smile.

Teeth whitening removes stains

Brushing your teeth is an excellent way to remove plaque, but it's not very effective in removing stains. Stains develop when dark pigments are deposited in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. Any food or beverage that contains dark or brightly colored pigments can cause stains, including, tea, coffee, cola, berries, candy, tomato sauce, soy sauce, and sports drinks. Tobacco products also cause unattractive stains on teeth.

Although you may not be able to reach the pigments responsible for stains with your toothbrush, they can be easily removed with whitening treatment in our Deerfield Beach office. During the treatment, hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to your teeth. The gel penetrates the tiny pores in your enamel, breaking apart and removing the pigments. After whitening, your teeth will be considerably whiter.

Professional whitening is ideal for busy people

If your life is busy, you probably don't have weeks or months to devote to whitening your teeth at home. Over-the-counter products often take a long time to produce results because they contain a weaker hydrogen peroxide formulation. The professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel we use in our office lightens your teeth in just about an hour.

Professional whitening is also safer. Before your teeth are whitened, you'll receive a dental examination to ensure that you don't have any undetected dental issues, such as cavities or cracks in your teeth. If you do have a dental issue, it must be treated before you whiten your teeth. You'll also receive a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. If these substances aren't removed, your teeth may take on a speckled appearance after whitening.

Your safety and comfort is very important during your whitening session. We'll apply a special gel that protects your roots and gums before your treatment begins and also use retractors to hold your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during your session.

Improve your smile with teeth whitening! Call our Deerfield Beach, FL, dentist, Dr. Boukzam, at (954) 429-8506 to schedule your appointment.

By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Would you like to feel confident that your smile expresses who you really are? A damaged smile--one that is chipped, stained and uneven--cosmetic dentistryhampers social and professional interaction, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. However, don't despair. You can change your smile aesthetics through modern treatments from Dr. Mark Boukzam, cosmetic dentist in Deerfield Beach, FL.

How to begin

Dr. Boukzam encourages his patients to think about how they want to enhance their smiles. Are they dissatisfied with tooth color? Does too much gum tissue show when they smile? Are chips and unevenness causing them to cover their smiles? Be specific, and then tell your Deerfield Beach cosmetic dentist your smile goals during a one-on-one consultation.

The consultation

Dr. Boukram begins these consultations with a complete oral examination. He wants to ensure your oral health is good before proceeding with any cosmetic changes. Then, you'll discuss your smile goals, and he'll recommend treatments to make those dreams a reality. Of course, your budget and your time commitment are important considerations as well.

The path to a great smile

The offered treatments may include something as simple and economical as professional teeth whitening, or your makeover could be complex, including orthodontics and porcelain veneers. Dr. Boukram and his staff handle it all and work hard to meet, and even exceed your expectations.

Offered cosmetic services include:

  • Professional teeth whitening Using concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel, this wonderful service powers out years of stains from smoking, coffee, darkly-pigmented foods and more. Accomplished either in the office or in the privacy of your own home, whitening leaves teeth feeling good and looking brighter by several shades of color.
  • Porcelain veneers These tooth-shaped shells of lifelike ceramic disguise the front of teeth marred by gaps, crowding, cracks, chips, odd shape and uneven length. Permanently bonded in place, veneers blend in with the rest of your smile and add a measure of strength as well. Veneers do require some enamel reduction but are not as invasive as restoration with dental crowns.
  • Tooth-colored fillings Your Deerfield Beach cosmetic dentist uses composite resin, a durable, tooth-colored material, to restore decayed teeth. A great alternative to dark metal fillings, composite resin bonds directly to existing healthy tooth structure.
  • Direct bonding also uses composite resin to fill gaps, to restore chips and cracks and to augment tooth length and shape. Added layer by layer and hardened with a special curing light, composite resin matches your tooth in color and luster.
  • Invisalign clear aligners are an alternative to conventional braces. Removable, comfortable and discreet, this innovative system straightens a variety of orthodontic issues in less time and with less discomfort and lifestyle changes than metal brackets and arch wires. Older teens and adults can wear Invisalign aligners to fix a variety of smile alignment issues.

Find out more

Cosmetic dentistry gives people the smiles they've always wanted. You could be Dr. Mark Boukzam's next smile makeover patient. Call today for your consultation: (954) 429-8506.

By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
January 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Getting your tooth knocked out, chipped or cracked during a game of soccer or football may cause you to panic and worry. Not everyone dental emergencyknows what to do during this dental emergency, which is why Dr. Mark Boukzam, your emergency dentist in Deerfield Beach, FL, has some advice for dealing with your emergency and solution to fixing those cracks and chips.

What's a dental emergency?

Any damage done to your tooth or soft-tissue needs immediate care. If you experience the loss of a tooth, be sure to rinse your mouth and the tooth. Don't touch the tooth from the roots, just from the crown. Try placing the tooth back into its socket. If that doesn't work, immerse the tooth in salt water or milk and go to your Deerfield Beach emergency dentist for emergency care immediately.

If you experience an injury to your cheeks, gums or tongue, put pressure on the bleeding using a gauze or a moist tea bag. Try placing ice to the injury so as to reduce the swelling and bleeding. If the bleeding persists after 20-30 minutes of pressure and ice, then you will need to go to the emergency room or Dr. Mark Boukzam's office.

What to do about chips and cracks?

If you're worried about chips and cracks in your teeth, then worry no more. Dr. Boukzam can resolve these using simple cosmetic procedures. One example is dental bonding. This is when your dentist applies a composite resin on to your chipped or cracked tooth, contours the resin so it matches your other intact teeth, then solidifies the resin using a curing light. The bonded tooth will blend in with the rest of your teeth, giving you a smile you don't have to be embarrassed.

For more information on what to do during a dental emergency and how to deal with injuries, call your Deerfield Beach, FL, emergency dentist. You can contact Dr. Mark Boukzam at his office by calling (954) 429-8506. Your dental and oral health are a priority!

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