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): General Dentistry

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.

 

General Dentistry

The American Dental Association recommends everyone visit their dentist at least every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. We understand, however, that life sometimes gets in the way and that people can’t always visit their dentist as often as they’d like. 

If it’s been years or even decades since your last dental visit, we don’t want that to stop you from scheduling an appointment with our Fairfax dentist. We’re always happy to welcome new or returning patients who have gotten a little behind on their preventive dental care.

No matter how long it’s been since your last dental appointment, your first visit back will generally look the same as anyone else’s. We will first take an oral history of any medical or dental concerns you may have, and then we’ll obtain updated dental x-rays of your smile. Most often, this just means four small bitewing x-rays,  but Dr. Fairfax may want a set of full mouth x-rays.

Then, the routine dental procedures involve cleaning your teeth thoroughly and examining you for any potential oral health problems, including loose teeth, gum disease, and oral cancer. 

Our gentle hygienist will spend about 30 to 45 minutes removing tartar from your teeth using professional dental instruments. Then Dr. Fairfax will complete her oral exam and discuss her findings with you.

Depending on the overall condition of your teeth, we’ll create a proposed treatment plan that details any recommended work or treatments you will need going forward.

Tooth Replacement in Fairfax VA | Man at DentistIf you have an avulsed (knocked out) tooth, try to remain calm because if you act quickly, we may be able to save the tooth. Contact our Fairfax dental office, explain your emergency to our receptionist, who will arrange for you to be seen within two hours.

Saving a Knocked-Out Tooth

If it is a baby tooth, it should not be replanted. If it is a permanent tooth, handle it carefully by holding the crown (the wider, whiter part). Avoid touching the root (the more pointed, yellower part). If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water, taking care not to disturb any tissue that may still be attached to the root. Try to gently place the tooth back in the socket, then bite on a soft cloth or gauze to hold it in position.

Do not try to force the tooth back in place; if it can’t be replanted, keep it moist by placing it in the patient’s mouth (between the molars and cheek), in a small container with the patient’s spit, milk, or saline, or by placing it in a special storage media for avulsed teeth if available. Avoid storing the tooth in water!

Dental Emergencies in Fairfax

If your tooth has been knocked out, please contact our office immediately and we’ll get you the help you need.

Dental Services in Fairfax Yes. Your dentist is responsible for caring for your teeth, gums, and jawbones as they relate to your teeth and gums. We cannot see or detect hidden changes, developments, or abnormalities in your teeth and jawbones without dental x-rays.

We share your concerns about dental x-rays, and we take every precaution and safeguard to minimize your radiation exposure.

Our X-Ray Process

  • We follow a conservative schedule for diagnostic surveys.
  • We use only digital film, which requires the lowest amount of exposure time and therefore has the least amount of radiation.
  • We focus on technique and placement to eliminate the need for re-takes and additional exposure.
  • We provide each patient with a lead radiation apron prior to x-rays being taken.

Check-up x-rays are taken only when indicated and under the following schedule:

  • No new pathology for 18 months:  X-rays every 12 months
  • No new pathology for 36 months:  X-rays every 18–24 months
  • Full mouth survey:  X-rays every 5 years or as indicated

We seek to render the most professional care using state-of-the-art practices and consistent with the standard of care. Dental treatment without necessary dental x-rays is unacceptable, sub-standard, negligent care.

Dental Exams in Fairfax VA

If you still have questions about dental x-rays, please don’t hesitate to contact our Fairfax dental office. We’ll be happy to speak with you and put your mind at ease about our dental x-rays.

We accept most PPO dental plans. As a courtesy, we will submit all insurance claims on your behalf for direct reimbursement of services. We also offer an in-house dental discount plan for patients without dental insurance. We currently work with the following PPO plans:

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

Carefirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

Delta Dental

Cigna

Aetna

UMR (Compass Rose)

Metlife

Dentaquest

Meritain Health

Dominion DDS Dental

Christian Brothers

Denex Dental

Guardian

United Concordia

Humana

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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