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.

 

 

How can I know if I’m living with TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, commonly known as “TMD,” can negatively impact your life and make it difficult to even get through your daily routine. When you’re living with symptoms of your temporomandibular joint, or “TMJ,” you might not even realize it—dismissing your pain as “normal” or attributing it to a different body part. 

Ignoring or mislabeling your symptoms can be dangerous to your oral health because you need to treat your TMJ if you want to protect your smile. So how can you distinguish between TMJ warning signs and other medical conditions?

First, you need to watch for the following symptoms:

  • Sounds or sensations of clicking, grinding, or popping in your jaw
  • Frequent headaches or migraines, especially upon waking
  • Visible wear and tear on your teeth, including broken teeth and a worn-down appearance
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Constant pain in your jaw, especially when you yawn, speak, or try to chew

Particularly if you experience multiple of these warning signs together, you likely have TMJ.

The next thing to do is to contact your Fairfax dentist and schedule a thorough examination. Sometimes, only a dental professional can tell for sure whether you’re experiencing TMJ. 

If we confirm your diagnosis, then we can provide TMJ treatment in Fairfax, VA to mitigate your pain and minimize your symptoms. Custom mouthguards are usually one of the first treatments we will try for TMJ, but we may also choose to place dental restorations such as crowns or bridges to stabilize your bite. 

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