First Visit Expectations
If you’re like most patients you appreciate being informed before arriving at the dentist. Below is an overview of what you can expect:
Let’s get to know each other
Your first visit is an important time to get to know us and to begin to understand all that we can accomplish to benefit your dental health. Part of getting to know you and providing safe, personalized support involves reviewing your medical history. Certain medical conditions and medications and can influence your treatment protocols – so you will be asked to provide a list of your medications and current dosages (including vitamins and supplements).
Digital photographs of each tooth will be taken so that you can see exactly what Dr. Gifford sees. You will also receive digital radiographs (x-rays) that will give you the highest quality available with the least exposure possible. You can also bring your previously-taken bitewing x-rays (less than a year old) and large panoramic x-rays (less than three years old).
You're in great hands
After your initial appointment, you will be scheduled with the hygienist for a professional cleaning. Dr. Gifford will meet with you to provide a presentation of our findings regarding your oral health, including any recommended treatment. This is a perfect time for you to ask any questions and to learn all about your care before we move ahead with your personalized treatment. We can prioritize and stagger your treatments to give you the smile you need in a timeframe you can afford.