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.

 

 

Is a Root Canal a Dental Emergency?

May 22, 2020
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Posted By: Dr. Fairfax & Associates

A root canal is one of the most misunderstood dental procedures around. Many people think that a root canal is a painful and invasive treatment, but the reality is much different. Without the gentle root canal treatment, the alternative would be extraction, followed by tooth replacement.

A root canal, after all, is a treatment that removes infection and relieves a toothache. It is a positive undertaking!

What Really Happens During a Root Canal Treatment?

After your dentist has diagnosed root infection or trauma, the next step is thoroughly numbing the area and extracting the root and pulp from your infected tooth. Your dentist closes with a healing agent and provisional tooth filling. At a later appointment, we typically complete the work with a dental crown to prevent breakage of the compromised tooth.

Our tooth crowns are made of quality material, and your dentist in Fairfax, VA always makes sure they match your smile.

You may notice gentle pressure during the procedure and mild discomfort for a day or two following treatment, but this does not compare to the pain of infection. Patients report relief upon removal of the infected root pulp.

Why a Root Canal Is a Dental Emergency

A root canal treatment is a dental emergency because the infection can spread without intervention. It can infect your other teeth or, in rare cases, spread to other parts of the body. The sooner we treat you, the better.

Your emergency dentist in Fairfax also considers your pain a dental emergency. With a root infection, you may notice:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain and swelling
  • A blister on the gum
  • Sensitivity to heat

We Perform Root Canals in Fairfax, VA

If you have a tooth or sudden oral health changes, we encourage you to contact a member of our team to schedule an emergency dental appointment today.

At Dr. Fairfax & Associates, we are here for you.

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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