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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 Symptoms That May Indicate You Have a Cavity

August 1, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Cerina Fairfax
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As difficult as this may be to believe, not everyone enjoys going to the dentist. Crazy, right?

But this common phobia causes many people to skip appointments which results in dental problems like tooth decay going untreated.

Of course, the result of untreated dental problems is typically more dental problems which can result in additional time in your dentist’s chair. A good example is cavities; without prompt treatment, that little twinge in your tooth that you’ve been hoping will go away is slowly spreading and may ultimately result in the need for a root canal if not treated.

Typical Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Another problem is that a cavity isn’t always apparent as pain; there are subtle symptoms that may not be as painful but are just as problematic. Let’s look at a few:

  • Pain or sensitivity when you eat hot, cold, or sweet foods – Some people have sensitive teeth, but if this is not a typical concern for you, there may be decay lurking in the tooth.
  • A hole in your tooth – In some cases, a cavity shows up as an actual hole in your tooth.
  • Spots or stains on your teeth – Your teeth may be stained from drinking a lot of coffee, but tooth discoloration that looks different from other stains may indicate a cavity.
  • Bad breath – Anything that decays starts to smell after a while, and the same is true with tooth decay.
  • Sudden, sharp pain when biting down – This could mean that the pulp deep inside your tooth is inflamed.

Get a Checkup with your Fairfax Dentist, Avoid the Pain

Of course, we can’t guarantee that routine dental visits will prevent you from ever experiencing pain. But seeing your dentist every six months allows them to look for early signs of decay and treat it as quickly as possible.

At Dr. Fairfax and Associates, we know that prevention is the key to a healthy smile. When you stay current with scheduled exams and dental cleanings in Vienna, VA, you can avoid a lot of discomfort and complicated treatment in the future.

If it’s time for your next appointment, please call Dr. Cerina Fairfax. We’ll work together to ensure that you enjoy a healthy, problem-free smile.

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