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We're experts at what we do so you don't have to be. But there's a lot to consider when making decisions about dental treatment, and you have a right to feel fully informed and have all your questions answered.
At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we're firm believers in educating our patients about the benefits of a healthy smile, so your questions are very important to us. We encourage your questions because we believe that an informed patient is a happy patient!
Here are a few of the questions we hear most frequently. Please give us a call if you're looking for other answers that you don't see here. A friendly member of our team will be happy to help you.
If you recently hurt a tooth or part of your mouth, you might feel unsure about whether that injury is severe enough for a dentist to need to examine it.
As a general rule, your Fairfax dentist should always look at tooth injuries soon after they happen because it’s possible to sustain internal, invisible damage that won’t be detected without a dental x-ray. Even if you only sustain a minor injury to your smile, it’s a good idea to schedule a dental appointment within a few days.
But what about same-day or late-night dental appointments? If your damaged tooth is broken, bleeding, painful, or outside of your mouth, you probably have a dental emergency and should schedule an emergency visit for that very same day.
Common Dental Emergencies Include
Common dental emergencies in Fairfax, VA include:
- Broken jaws and broken teeth
- Bleeding teeth or severely bleeding gums
- Avulsed teeth, also known as “knocked-out teeth”
- Toothaches or shooting tooth/nerve pains
- Painful, broken dental restorations
- Oral infections
- Fractured or cracked teeth
Call Our Dental Office For Pain Relief
Even if you’re not positive that your dental injury is an emergency, you should call your dentist anyway. Your dental treatment team can walk through your injuries with you over the phone and help you decide what’s best to do next.
You'll find our dental office in Fairfax, VA, just 20 miles west of Washington, DC, at 9500 Lee Highway in suite B. We are on the corner of Lee Highway and Blake Lane, in the same plaza as Andrew Taylore Hair Design.
Our dental office is across the street from IHOP, and you can access our parking lot from the Blake Lane Service Road.
We Are Located In Beautiful Tysons Corner Center
In the area, you'll find plenty of opportunities for shopping and dining. We are near Tysons Corner Center, the largest shopping mall in Baltimore and Washington.
We recommend taking I-66 West, merging onto I-495 South, and then US 50 West if you come to us from the Washington, DC area. From there, you turn right onto Blake Lane and then Sutherland Hill Court. You'll make another right on the Blake Lane Service Road. You'll find our dental office on the right.
For more local patients, we suggest taking Lee Highway or Blake Lane all the way.
Contact Your Dentist in Fairfax, VA
We offer individual and family dentistry, along with specialty services like cosmetic dentistry, fast braces, and TMJ therapy. For more information about our services or to schedule an appointment, reach out to our team today.
We look forward to your next dental visit.
Sadly, most dental emergencies are painful.
While nobody ever wants to be in pain, the good news is that dental pain can help alert you to the seriousness of your situation and draw attention to the fact that you need emergency dental care.
Our Team Can Help You Find Pain Relief
Dental emergencies can cause pain for several reasons. If your tooth is knocked out, or “avulsed,” this will likely be very painful—but it will be a different kind of pain than if you have a toothache or dental infection.
If you sustain a dental emergency, you can and should take over-the-counter pain medication as soon as you can. A dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen can reduce your pain and make your symptoms bearable until you can get to our dental office.
If you’re still in significant pain when you arrive, our clinical team will treat your pain with the appropriate medications. Dr. Fairfax can also prescribe a pain medication for after your treatment if she believes your pain will persist.
Call Our Dental Clinic To Schedule
Remember, the faster you can get to our dental office for an emergency visit, the sooner we can get you out of pain. We don’t want our patients living with painful smiles or broken teeth, so we’ll do everything we can to minimize your suffering and get you feeling better.