Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry

 

 

Patient-Focused Dentistry

Thank you for choosing Dr. Fairfax & Associates. We believe that dental health is key to overall health, and our primary mission is to deliver the best and most comprehensive dental care available.

The Whole Person

We take into account the whole person when caring for our patients. From routine check-ups and cleanings to emergency care, we are committed to giving you our undivided attention.

Your Comfort Is Our Priority

From the moment you walk into our office, you can expect to feel at home. We foster a relaxed, inviting atmosphere with professional, knowledgeable, and friendly staff. Sit back, relax, and trust that your smile is in exceedingly good hands.

 
 
 

A Caring and Thorough Team

We do not believe in ‘factory-style’ dental care where patients are shuttled in and out and only see the dentist or hygienist for a few minutes during an appointment. Each appointment with us is time reserved specifically for you.

Applying the Latest Technologies

Our team is highly trained in the latest dental approaches and technologies, which allows us to provide every patient with truly personalized attention.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Crowns & Bridges

How can we help you?

We're experts at what we do so you don't have to be. But there's a lot to consider when making decisions about dental treatment, and you have a right to feel fully informed and have all your questions answered.

At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we're firm believers in educating our patients about the benefits of a healthy smile, so your questions are very important to us. We encourage your questions because we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient!

Here are a few of the questions we hear most frequently. Please give us a call if you're looking for other answers that you don't see here. A friendly member of our team will be happy to help you.

 

Crowns & Bridges

Yes, in some situations. 

While a dental crown is not enough by itself to replace an entire missing tooth, our Fairfax dentist uses crowns for teeth to complete other dental restorations. 

If you have a missing tooth, a crown can work alongside a dental implant or a dental bridge to strengthen and support your smile.

Dental Crowns Replace Missing Teeth on Implants

Dental implants consist of three individual components that join together to form one durable, reliable restoration. 

The crown is the portion of the dental implant that you can see, as the titanium post is below the gum line, and the metal abutment is covered up. Crowns for teeth help dental implants look and feel natural, and they are the component that comes into contact with your food when you chew. 

Dental Crowns Replace Missing Teeth on Dental Bridges

Dental bridges help “bridge” a space between natural teeth. When you lose a tooth, a bridge can fill in the gap left behind using a false tooth called a “pontic.” 

A dental bridge can have one pontic or several pontics, and the pontic always rests between two neighboring dental crowns. These crowns can be from natural teeth if those teeth are healthy enough, but the tooth crowns can also be artificial dental restorations that Dr. Fairfax attaches to your natural teeth or even to a dental implant post. 

If you have additional questions about dental crowns in Fairfax, VA, please contact our dental office today at (703) 273-1033.

If you are missing one tooth or more than one that are adjacent to each other, Dr. Cerina Fairfax might recommend a dental bridge. This oral appliance is a tooth replacement option that literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth are missing.

We have many patients who opt for dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Most of our patients opt for a dental bridge that consists of one or more false teeth that are held in place by two dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are called abutment teeth.

A dental bridge is one of the options our Fairfax, VA dental office might recommend for tooth replacement. It’s important to replace missing teeth because not doing so can put your remaining teeth at risk. When there is a gap in your smile, the teeth in your mouth have a tendency to shift in order to fill in the space—much like books on a bookshelf will move when one book is pulled out of place. If you don’t replace missing teeth, your ability to chew properly is compromised and your bite can become out of alignment. This can lead to the loss of more teeth.

To find out more about dental bridges in Fairfax, VA, give us a call at Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry.

Dentist Explaining X-Ray Results | Crowns in FairfaxA dental crown is a type of restoration that is usually recommended to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth. It is designed to surround your existing tooth structure, restoring function and appearance.

There are several cases where a dental crown would be an appropriate option:

  • Severe decay or infection has compromised the strength of the tooth
  • Root canal treatment has left a tooth weak and brittle
  • A tooth has already had multiple fillings and needs protection
  • Teeth grinding has worn down a tooth and impacts your dental bite

Same Day Crowns in Fairfax VA

We are pleased to offer both lab-fabricated dental crowns and CEREC crowns that allow us to deliver a final restoration in just one visit. With traditional crowns, we slightly alter the shape of the tooth to accommodate the crown. Next, we take impressions to create a model of the tooth. The model is sent to an outside lab where your crown is created, and the process takes two to three weeks.

For this reason, many of our patients choose CEREC crowns because they can leave our office the same day with a new crown. With CEREC, we take impressions of your teeth, create a virtual model, and fabricate your new crown right here in our office.

Dental crowns in our Fairfax, VA dental office will restore your tooth, improve function, and enhance your appearance. Please call us if you would like more information!

 
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We hope that you and all those dear to you are safe and healthy. Thank you all so much for your outreach over these last few weeks. We have been so encouraged by every call, email, appointment rescheduled, and the support you continue to send us with your account payments. Our practice depends on you!

This has been a challenging time for everyone, but the good news is that we’ll be here! We are weathering this well and we plan to resume regular office hours and routine patient care on May 18th. We are monitoring news and updates from the CDC, VDH, VDA and remain committed to following their recommendations and maintaining a safe environment for you and our staff.

We are hard at work developing the new procedures that will be in place when we return.  Your continued patience and grace as we navigate our new normal has not gone unnoticed and we are immensely grateful for your support.  Please take care of yourselves and your smiles. We can’t wait to see you again!

Our online practice portal is always open. You can log in at www.patientconnect365.com to look up past appointments, pay your bill, and access our office forms and documents. We wish you all good health. Please know that we will get through this together!

In the meantime, if you are having a dental emergency or concern, I’m available via text or call directly on my personal cell (703-582-8059).
 
Warmly,

Dr. Fairfax