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): Dental Implants

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.

 

Dental Implants

Smiling Woman | Dental Implants in FairfaxMany people are just now learning about dental implants, but the truth is that implants have been used successfully for decades. Studies by the American Academy of Dental Implantology show that three million people have dental implants, with a success rate of about 98%! 

Longevity of Dental Implants

The long-term success of dental implants is dependent on one thing – proper oral health care. If you practice good oral hygiene and visit our Fairfax, VA dental office regularly for checkups, a dental implant can last for the rest of your life.

One of the reasons for the long-term success of dental implants is that they are designed to act as a replacement root for a missing tooth. The titanium implant is a small post that’s placed in your jaw and allowed to heal.

Titanium is a biocompatible material, meaning the living tissue in your jaw readily accepts it. Over time the implant fuses with the bone and tissue, creating a stable foundation for an artificial replacement tooth like a crown, bridge, or denture.

Of course, the artificial tooth will never decay. However, your gums are still susceptible to infection, so you need to ensure that your oral hygiene efforts are effective. Since the implant depends on your gums for support, it’s essential to take all the steps necessary to keep them healthy.

Tooth Replacement in Fairfax VA

A dental implant is a significant investment, so it makes good sense to do everything you can to protect it. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and how to care for them, please call our Fairfax, VA dental office

Woman Smiling at Dentist | Dental Implants in Fairfax VADental implants are the standard of care for missing teeth, so congratulations on your choice! Fortunately, once you have gone through the process from implant placement to restoration, they are no more difficult to take care of than your natural teeth.

How Dental Implants Work

The critical thing to know about your implant, though, is that it gains its strength from the dense bone in your jaw that holds it securely in place. Your responsibility now is to be vigilant about oral hygiene to avoid gum disease that causes the bone to deteriorate around the implant and can lead to its failure.

So care instructions for your new dental implant in Fairfax are pretty basic; brush twice a day and floss once to keep the implant tooth clean and free from plaque. Be sure to pay special attention to all sides of the implant tooth to avoid a buildup of bacterial plaque that can lead to gum disease and threaten your implant. 

Implant Dentist in Fairfax

Visit the dentist twice a year or as instructed by Dr. Fairfax so we can check your implant and make oral hygiene recommendations to keep your teeth and gums healthy and your implant secure.

Dental Bridges and Dental Implants in Fairfax | Woman at DentistBoth options are offered at our Fairfax dental office and effectively fill the gap left by a missing tooth. The primary difference is that a dental bridge only fills the empty space, while a dental implant functions as a complete replacement tooth.

Your Replacement Options

Until recently, there were only two options for replacing one or more missing teeth – a dental bridge or a partial denture. In either case, the purpose is to fill the empty space and not actually replace the tooth.

In most cases, a dental bridge consists of a replacement tooth attached to crowns that secure the bridge as they are held in place by adjacent teeth. When placing a bridge, some alteration to the teeth securing the crowns is necessary.

A dental implant is a stand-alone replacement tooth that does not involve alteration of surrounding teeth. A dental implant functions just like a natural tooth because the implant is actually placed in your jaw, acting as a replacement root.

Tooth Replacements in Fairfax VA

Dr. Fairfax has extensive knowledge and experience in placing dental implants as well as bridges with great long-term success. If you still have questions, please contact our Fairfax dental office to arrange a consultation. We’re sensitive to your needs and will be happy to discuss both options to determine which best fits your needs and budget. 

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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