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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.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Root Canals

How can we help you?

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.


Root Canals

Root canals in Fairfax, VA, are necessary if there is an infection in a tooth’s root canal. Without this treatment, you risk infection spread, increasing pain, more swelling, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, root canal treatment is not painful. Instead, it is pain relieving.

Root canal treatment involves numbing the treatment area with a local anesthetic and gently extracting the infection from your tooth’s canal. Once the infection is gone, we flush the area and seal it with a temporary filling material. The latter steps prevent reinfection and promote healing.

You’ll likely feel better immediately following root canal treatment because the infection that caused the pain and swelling is gone. However, you may notice mild discomfort for a few hours after the anesthesia wears off. If you’re medically able, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

At a future appointment, usually, two weeks down the road, you come in for a tooth-colored filling or dental crown. Typically, we recommend a dental crown to restore tooth function and stability. We may go with a filling if the treated root infection was small or emerging.

We wait for a week or two between canal cleaning and crowning because this gives the treated tooth time to heal. While it may take two weeks to heal enough for crown placement, you’ll not be in pain during these weeks. You may even forget you’ve had treatment.

How Much Does a Root Canal Cost?

Root canal costs vary depending on the complexity of your required treatment, the extent of infection, and whether you’ll need a filling or tooth crown at the final stage.

Additional considerations include insurance benefits and enrollment status in our In-House Discount Membership Plan. We are also happy to accept CareCredit financing.

We will let you know the cost before starting treatment.

Contact Your Dentist in Fairfax, VA

If you have a toothache, swelling, or other unusual oral symptoms, we urge you to contact our dental team to arrange a visit with the dentist. We consider root infections dental emergencies because they cause you pain and put your tooth at risk.

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