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.



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5 Signs That Might Mean You Need a Root Canal

June 24, 2017
Posted By: Cerina W. Fairfax, DDS
Root Canal Treatment Fairfax VA

We understand that just the mere thought of having a root canal sends many people into a panic. It’s understandable; although it’s unwarranted, root canals have gotten a bad reputation for decades.

That’s unfortunate because root canal therapy at our Fairfax, VA dental office is a vital service that is needed to save a damaged tooth. One myth we want to do away with is that the procedure itself is painful. In fact, root canals don’t cause pain; they relieve it. Think about it – if you have ever gone to the dentist with root canal pain, you know that the moment the local anesthesia takes effect you feel a hundred percent better!

Our goal is to ensure you never get to the point where you experience the pain of an infected root canal. The best way to avoid discomfort is to keep your regularly scheduled exams and cleanings. Seeing you twice a year enables us to detect problems and treat them before they become painful. Routine dental x-rays can often detect the start of an infection. It may appear as a dark shadow near the root of your tooth. When caught early, we can often avoid a painful dental emergency.

However, we want you to be aware of the signs of root canal infection because the sooner you know you have a problem, the sooner we can resolve it with proper treatment.

  • A raised bump on the gums
  • Tenderness or swelling of the gums
  • Severe pain that won’t go away
  • Discomfort when you bite down
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink

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You should know that in some cases you may not have any symptoms at all. That’s why we stress the importance of routine preventive exams and cleanings. During regularly scheduled visits, we can check to make sure your smile is healthy and disease free.

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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