First Visit

First Visit

What to Expect at Our Bainbridge Family Dentistry

What’s the most valuable object in the world, more costly and rare than diamonds and gold?

You might be surprised to learn that the answer to this riddle is actually “a first impression.” This is because you only get to have a first impression once, and after a sheer moment, it is gone forever. While we know that we are not supposed to judge books by their covers, it is simply human nature to be influenced by our first impressions, whether we are on our first date or trying a new flavor of ice cream. Our initial reaction to a person, place, or thing can make an indelible, permanent mark on our memories.

When it comes to health, such impressions are not a bad thing. In fact, first impressions often touch our deeper instincts as to what is the safest option for our well-being. And in regard to dentistry, it is crucial to determine whether a practice will provide you with knowledgeable, skilled, and empathetic aid for all your dental needs. That is why our practice at Michelle A. Gifford DDS, PLLC strives our utmost to make your first visit to our Bainbridge Family Dentistry a positive and memorable one to surpass your expectations with superb quality in all services and support.

Call us today at (607) 225-2104 to see how we can meet and beat your impressions the first time around – and all your subsequent impressions too.

Getting to Know Us

The most important part of building any relationship is establishing trust and community, which we can gain through learning each other’s backgrounds. The first time you come in for a visit, we invite you to get to know our practice and ask any and all questions about our history as a dental practice, how the business started, and our unique motivations for serving patients.

Dr. Michelle A. Gifford also welcomes specific questions about her own wide experience in treating patients and her extensive academic training to prepare her for her passion in dentistry. In addition, we encourage you to ask how the practice is serving local community partnerships and contributing to a healthier and greener global future by the way we handle recyclable waste and support renewable energy sources.

Getting to Know You

Once you have learned about our practice’s medical context, you can then give us your own medical and historical background, so that we can figure out plans that will best support all of your dental needs. It can be very helpful to bring in key medical records, dosages and time periods for current and past prescriptions, or even photographs. All of these items are essential in establishing your personalized file to ensure your safety for any future check-ups or procedures.

During your first visit, the more documentation you bring in, the sooner we can fill out your enrollment. Make sure to also include any lists of supplements, ointments, and vitamins, accompanied by their current dosages.

Building Your Unique Dental Profile

At this point, you may then receive some helpful documentation that lets you see the exact state of your teeth, which can then be safeguarded in the dental computer system should you choose to continue with us.

Some of these status documents include:

  • Unique digital photographs taken of the external surface of each tooth, demonstrating the tooth’s overall cleanliness and health status, in addition to the health of the gumline
  • Digital radiographs or x-rays showing the internal structure of each tooth, as well as the health of the overall oral bone quality

You can also feel free to present any past or current photographs from bitewing x-rays, so long as they were taken less than a year ago, or even any bigger panoramic photos of x-rays, provided that these were taken less than three years ago.

Scheduling Your First Visit

If we have made an excellent first impression on your first visit with Bainbridge Dental Services, we can move on to scheduling your very first appointment, a professional cleaning done to make sure that your teeth are at their optimal health. Dr. Gifford will arrange a personal appointment with you to answer any follow-up questions you may have and check that you are satisfied with premium, personalized service.

Contact us now at (607) 225-2104 so that our experienced, empathetic team at Michelle A. Gifford DDS, PLLC can give you a first impression that’s also a lasting one.

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  • “So glad I found these folks! They are thorough, professional, friendly, helpful — heck, they even opened on a Sunday when I had an emergency.”

    - Andrew K
  • “Dr. Gifford and the entire staff are patient-centered...our comfort and our health. They are efficient, effective, kind and compassionate and very skilled at keeping us in good dental health.”

    - Vanessa W
  • “The results were very positive. It had a calm and peaceful atmosphere that made me feel comfortable. Every appointment has improved the quality of my teeth greatly.”

    - Robert M
  • “Thorough, professional, great work, and friendly staff — this is the dental office you've been waiting for. From the cleanings to "drill and fill," it's been a wonderful experience”

    - Andrew K
  • “Went for a clean and check today. It sounds odd to say that a dental visit was a great experience but it was. I expect to be stressed but Dr Gifford and the whole staff makes me feel as relaxed as possible.”

    - Vanessa L
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