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.



Here's What Happens During a Root Canal

June 29, 2020
Posted By: Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry

If you’ve never had a root canal, chances are you’ve heard the myths. And they are myths! Today’s root canals are very straightforward. Even better, the area is completely numb before your Fairfax dentist starts treatment.

Root Canal in Fairfax

If you need a root canal, it means you have decay or trauma to your tooth—deep enough to infect the root and pulp of that tooth.

In some cases, your dentist finds the root infection during a routine exam. If the nerve is severely damaged or the infection is only emerging, you may not even have the telltale toothache or swelling.  

In other cases, you wake up with a severe toothache, jaw swelling, and a blister on the gum. It is important to contact our dental office immediately. Without treatment, the pain and symptoms will only worsen. And taking pain relievers is a temporary fix.  

If you need a root canal treatment, this means your dentist numbs the area and gently extracts the infected root and surrounding pulp from your tooth—these are the things that are causing all the pain! Not the root canal therapy. In fact, most patients only report mild pressure during treatment.

When the anesthesia wears off, you may notice mild soreness, but this does not last very long—a day or maybe two days at the most.


The best way to prevent root infections and tooth trauma is to visit your dentist regularly for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. You should also brush and floss at least twice daily. If you grind and clench your teeth, wear a nightguard. If you play sports, wear a mouthguard.

If You Have Root Infection Symptoms, Contact Your Fairfax Dentist

Root canal pain will worsen without treatment, and we consider your pain a dental emergency. Get in touch with us for your dental emergency appointment in Fairfax.

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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).

Dr. Fairfax