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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
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!

By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
January 12, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental emergency  

Experiencing a dental emergency can be both scary and painful. Many people are unsure of what to do. Should you go to the dental emergencyemergency room or wait to see your dentist? For serious or life-threatening situations, you should always call 911 or go to the emergency room. For situations that are not life-threatening, such as a tooth that has been chipped or knocked out, a dentist can treat the problem. Dr. Mark Boukzam, your Deerfield Beach, FL emergency dentist, provides in-office emergency dental treatment.

Types of Dental Emergencies

There are many different types of dental emergencies. Urgent situations require immediate dental attention, while non-urgent situations can wait a few days if immediate assistance is not possible. However, it is still important to see a dentist within a few days for non-urgent situations. The sooner the problem is addressed by your Deerfield Beach emergency dentist, the better.

As mentioned, urgent dental emergencies require immediate attention. Examples of urgent dental emergencies include:

  • A loose or knocked out permanent tooth
  • Painful swelling in or around the mouth
  • A cracked tooth that is painful
  • An extremely painful toothache

There are several other dental situations that are problematic and require dental attention sooner rather than later. However, these situations are not urgent so it is not necessary to see the dentist immediately. Non-urgent dental situations can be treated within a few days, but should not go untreated indefinitely. Examples of non-urgent dental situations include:

  • A missing filling, crown or bridge
  • A broken dental retainer or night guard
  • Food particles stuck in between teeth

It is not always easy to know if a situation is a true dental emergency requiring immediate attention. Remember, for urgent dental emergencies, contact your dentist right away. If you do experience a dental emergency, contact Dr. Boukzam, your Deerfield Beach, FL emergency dentist by calling (954) 429-8506.

By Mark Boukzam DMD, PA
May 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health
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For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”