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As you enter the office of Dr. John Bjornson you will experience one of the leading dental teams in the city of Victoria, British Columbia. Our team of experts is committed to helping achieve and maintain your healthiest smile for life.
People say you can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. We think you’ll agree that Dr. John has surrounded himself with an exceptional team of caring, friendly and extremely talented individuals. The office has two full-time Dental Hygienists to better serve our patients and they adhere to the highest standards in dentistry today. They use modern equipment to make you as comfortable as possible and will teach you how to maintain a healthy mouth for your lifetime. Our business team is here to serve you and make your financial commitment as easy as possible. Our Dental Assistants are trained to make you comfortable and will take a personal interest in your well being.
Each one of our patients brings with them a unique set of expectations and requirements. We will work with you to strengthen your confidence in your oral health through customized care that is tailored to meet your individual needs.
Would you like to become a new guest at our Practice? To enable our New Patient Coordinator the opportunity to schedule your New Patient Appointment please download the New Patient Form below and fax (250-595-4884), scan and e-mail (email@example.com) or hand deliver the form to our office.
Please note: new patient appointments are only available to individuals that are current patient and specialist referrals due to very high demand for new patient appointments in our practice.
If you are an existing patient and would like to schedule an appointment please call our office at 250-595-3377 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment today.
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From routine cleanings and esthetic fillings to bruxism devices, the office of Dr. John Bjornson
is equipped to handle all your dental needs.
To help you understand your options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page:
Implant Surgery and Restoration
CEREC all ceramic dental restorations
Crowns and Bridges
Root Canal Therapy
Scaling and Root Planing.
Please call our office at 250-595-3377 or e-mail us at
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About Dr. John
PERSONALLY FROM DR. JOHN
Dentistry historically has been based on a “repair model”, replacing fillings, filling holes or replacing missing teeth.
The goal of my relationship with the patients in our practice is to enable them to benefit from a level of oral heath
that will rely as minimally as possible on the “repair model” of care.
My contemporary practice philosophy is based on a “health model” of care.
This model is designed to predict disease before it even happens or is expressed,
thereby ensuring the continuity of your oral health throughout your lifetime.
Everyone brings with them a unique set of variables that contribute to their level of susceptibility to oral disease.
We know now through current medical research that disease processes in the mouth have a significant relationship
to several very important systems in the rest of the body. For example, the health of your gum tissues also referred to as “periodontal tissues” have been proven to be correlated with your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even pancreatic cancer.
When visiting my practice, patients have the technology available to them that enables the proactive evaluation of each
individual’s risk for dental disease with the goal that intervention can be introduced
before serious complications are allowed to occur.
On a much more personal note, being a Dentist is what I dreamed of accomplishing my entire life.
It is the special relationships that I have with my team members and patients that make this profession
so endearing and powerful to me. The best rewards come when our patients, because they are happy and satisfied with our practice, start bringing their loved ones, family, friends to our Practice – the greatest form of flattery is a referral.
The desired cosmetic results, pain relief, and the comfort they feel when visiting make our patients happy, and that makes me happy. When I see our patients leave our office with a healthy smile, it makes my heart sing the whole day.
I am so thankful that I get to do what I do each and every day. It is a privilege like no other.
For this reason, I will cherish this profession and all that it has given me for the rest of my life.
I hope that this is a clear indication of my commitment to ensuring that our actions are guided at all times by your best interests.
We look forward to seeing you in our practice.
John Bjornson, BSc, DMD
John Bjornson, BSc, DMD
Dr. John Bjornson also known as “Dr. John” graduated from The University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry in 1996. The initial years of his practice were focused on the provision of emergency dental services in the community of Greater Victoria. Dedicated to a course of continued study he grew to perfect his restorative dental expertise and chose to focus on the establishment of his current family practice. Dr. John and his team are committed to the provision of premier care incorporating every aspect of contemporary dental technology.
Lead Practice Administrator
+ Scheduling & Coordination
+ Billing, Collections and Insurance
+ Inter-Office Communications
Registered Dental Hygienist
+ Periodontal Therapy and Maintenance
+ Clinical Oral Hygiene Services
+ Management of Patient Oral Hygiene
+ Practice Management & Operations
+ Human Resources
Registered Dental Hygienist
+ Periodontal Therapy and Maintenance
+ Clinical Oral Hygiene Services
+ Management of Patient Oral Hygiene
Certified Dental Assistant
+ Primary Chair-side Assistant
+ Manage Operatory Systems for Direct
+ Laboratory Liaison
Certified Dental Assistant
+ New Patient Facilitator
+ Administrative Facilitator
+ Secondary Chair-side Assistant
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Dr. John’s specialty?
We specialize in comprehensive and restorative dental care for adults and children with a strong focus on continual patient education. We offer a convenient location, a fun-spirited staff, and the newest technologies available.
What are your office hours?
Monday – Thursday: 8AM – 4PM
One Friday per month: 8AM – 4PM
Please call our office at 250-595-3377 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your appointment today.
Is Dr. John accepting new patients?
We are accepting a limited number of new patient appointments. Please note: new patient appointments are only available by referral from a specialist or existing patients of our practice based on availability at the time we receive the new patient documentation. New patient appointments are in high demand and we do our very best to accommodate every request.
To enable our New Patient Coordinator Niki the opportunity to schedule your new patient appointment please download the New Patient Form and fax (250-595-4884), scan and e-mail (email@example.com) or hand deliver the form to our office.
Given there are a limited number of new patient appointments available in our Practice and for those individuals that are in search of a new Dental Care Team, as an alternative option please click on www.bcdental.org the BC Dental Association and then click on “Find A Dentist” to obtain information relating to all Dentist’s in Victoria that are accepting new patients.
What should I expect in a new patient appointment?
As a new guest of our practice we would like to reserve between 90 – 120 minutes of time with each patient in order for a comprehensive exam of your mouth to be completed and ensure any questions or concerns are addressed regarding your oral health. A valid credit card is required to hold your new patient reservation at the time it is appointed.
As a mandatory part of the 90 – 120 minute New Patient Exam each new patient will be seen not only by Dr. John but by a member of our Hygiene Team and your teeth will be cleaned in addition to x-rays being updated. Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth to prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontitis. X-rays and teeth cleaning are part of a complete program of oral hygiene that is required in order to become a new patient at our Practice.
We look forward to welcoming you to our practice and being given the opportunity to exceed your expectations of what a dental experience is all about!
NOTE: As courtesy to our new patients, we would like to communicate that each New Patient Exam is subject to a $50.00 – $75.00 consultation fee. We like to proactively provide this information as the fee is not covered under most insurance plans.
How often should I see a dentist?
The Canadian Dental Association CDA guidelines recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. Our office also recommends a minimum of two visits per year to ensure optimal oral health.
What if I have a dental emergency?
If you are an existing patient of Dr. John’s please call our office as soon as you determine that you have a dental emergency. We will be glad to work you in to our schedule if you have a dental emergency during regular business hours. After hours, over the weekend and during holidays please call our office for instructions at 250-595-3377.
If you are not an existing patient of Dr. John’s please click on
www.bcdental.org the BC Dental Association and then click on “Find A Dentist” – then click on Dental Emergencies to obtain information relating to Dental Emergencies.
What is Dr. John’s cancellation policy?
If you find you cannot keep an appointment, please call the office at least 48 hours in advance. This is critical and will allow the opportunity to schedule someone else in that time slot.
Why do I have to pay a fee if I miss an appointment?
A fee of $75.00 – $100.00 will be levied for missed or cancelled appointments without the minimum 48 hours notice. This may seem harsh, but our only other option would be to increase the entire fee for everyone by the average value of missed appointments in the entire practice. Since we expend much time and effort to utilize technology and treatment plans that save you time, each appointment is very important. Please understand that missed or cancelled appointments increase the cost of treatment for everyone and no one appreciates having to subsidize other peoples’ missed appointments.
Do I really need regular appointments?
Some people neglect regular visits because they have healthy teeth. In fact, regular appointments are about more than just clean teeth. We also check for signs of oral cancer. Early detection of cavities allows for more conservative treatment. Each patient in our Practice is required to maintain annual visits with us to ensure our Team is able to provide optimal dental care and to identify and hopefully prevent any dental issues before they arise.
What treatments will my dental insurance cover?
Contrary to popular belief, our dental staff does not know which dental procedures are covered under your plan, and which are not. Your dental plan is a contract between you and your insurance carrier. You, the patient, are responsible for educating yourself about such things as -
+ procedures that are covered by your plan
+ to what extent or percentage of the actual cost they are covered
+ annual maximums in your plan
Dental insurance carriers consider the details of your plan to be private since the Privacy Actwas introduced in 2004, and will no longer release information about your plan to a dentist or our dental office staff.
How can I avoid gum disease?
Chances are you will be affected by gum disease at some point in your lifetime. Initially it often appears without symptoms, but it is progressive and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Furthermore, without treatment, bone loss in your jaw is inevitable and can alter your facial appearance, speech, and diet over time.
In order to avoid gum disease Dr. John can perform your regular exam and our Hygiene Team clean your teeth to remove plaque, the disease-causing biofilm that builds up on your teeth and can harden into tartar. Brushing and flossing instruction and explanations about your oral health needs will also be provided during your visit.
When should I floss?
You only have to floss once a day and we recommend doing it in the evening, the last thing before bed (but it can be done at any convenient time).
The brightest pearl of wisdom we can offer is to “floss first” (BEFORE you brush) and floss gently with unwaxed floss that resists shredding.
There are implements available to help you reach back teeth. After flossing, brush and rinse thoroughly so bacteria can’t enjoy any leftovers caught between your teeth while you sleep. This will make bacteria less likely to secrete acids that cause decay.
Is clenching my teeth dangerous?
Clenching your jaw excessively when you are stressed or during sleep is not normal and can damage teeth and lead to headaches, joint problems and tooth fractures. Untreated, clenching and grinding your teeth can cause hypersensitivity to hot and cold, fractures and even loosen teeth. Early diagnosis and treatment can ward off pain before it starts and help you avoid the problems associated with this condition.
Do pregnant women have special dental needs?
The changes that arise in a woman’s dental health when she is expecting may surprise the average person. For instance, a problem called pregnancy gingivitis shows up in most pregnant women caused by increases in hormones that change blood flow. Gums may become puffy and bleed easily. Contact us with any questions about pregnancy and your dental health. We share your excitement as you look forward to your new family member and are here to help with any special needs.
What happens when I lose a back tooth?
If a back tooth is lost, it can have a significant effect on one’s appearance. Teeth shift when the missing tooth is no longer there to support the others, creating changes in your bite. A sinking or puckering may also become obvious between cheeks and mouth, and lips may look thinner and straighter. There are many options for replacement; bridges, implants, or partials may be a good option. A bridge can be used to keep the teeth functioning properly and maintain their stability or implants may be the treatment of choice. Come talk with us about what option will work best for you.
Bone loss in the jaw will always follow the loss of a tooth and can cause facial changes, speech changes and diet changes. Successfully placed dental implants cause the bone to grow around the anchor and firmly hold it in place. Dental implants can restore normal eating and speaking abilities, increase denture retention and enhance facial appearance.
What insurance do I have?
It is best to find out from your company’s Human Resource group about what insurance you have and bring information with you to your appointment. We can check our computer to see if we have your employer’s dental coverage on file.
Why do I have to pay at the time of service?
As a courtesy to our patients, we will gladly process your insurance claim forms. Our responsibility is to provide you with the treatment that best meets your needs, not to try to match your care to insurance plan limitations. Therefore, when a service has been provided, it is the patient’s responsibility to pay estimated portions at the time of service. Patients without insurance must pay in full at time of service.
What should I expect during my appointment?
One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, make X-rays of your teeth as needed and complete a TMJ (temporomandibular or jaw joint) exam. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. If treatment such as a root canal (endodontics), braces (orthodontics) or oral surgery is needed, we will plan to treat you in our office or refer you to a specialist. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs. During regular follow-up visits, we will examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and make plans for treatment, as needed. We will discuss any pain or problems you may be experiencing and answer any questions you may have.
What does painless dentistry mean?
Painless dentistry is a means of ensuring your total experience in our office is as stress-free and pain-free as possible. We will discuss treatment options that may require no local anesthetic and whenever possible, alleviate pain by the means most comfortable to you.
Why should I choose CEREC for my crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer?
Most dental restorative methods require more than one visit to the dentist. This means that on the first visit, you get an injection of anesthesia, your tooth prepared, an impression taken, and a temporary restoration put on your tooth. You make a second appointment for a couple of weeks later, get another injection, have the temporary pried off (if it hasn’t fallen off already), and have a permanent restoration put on. Why go to the dentist a second time when you don’t have to? With CEREC, the procedure is done in a single appointment, start to finish.
Are payment plans available for my dental treatment?
Yes. We accept many types of dental insurance and will process your claim for you upon receipt of your co-payment. We accept cash, most major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, debit cards and offer Dental Card financing. (www.dentalcard.ca)
What if I have a gap in my teeth, a chipped tooth or teeth that do not respond to normal bleaching methods?
Porcelain veneers are designed to look like your natural teeth and are individually and permanently attached to the fronts of your existing teeth. Bonding utilizes a composite material made of plastic to fill in areas of your teeth and correct chipping and shape problems. Both porcelain veneers and bonding are color-matched to the rest of your teeth.