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Dr. Giorgio Petricca

BSc, MSc, DMD, Dip. Perio. MSC, FRCD(C)

Certified Specialist in Periodontics

Dear Patient,

I hope this message finds you and family safe and healthy. I have been investigating, researching, and brainstorming with our dental association, colleagues, staff and dental suppliers since the BC state of emergency was declared in March, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are all in unchartered territory. I have installed Air-Purifiers with UV-C (anti-viral) and True-Hepa filtration technology to filter out aerosols in my office. I have stationed hand sanitizers throughout the office, removed and/or minimized items of contact in my waiting room and a plexi-glass shield at the reception counter. My assistant, hygienist, and myself will be wearing gowns, face masks, and face-shields during aerosol-generating procedures (AGPs). We are also allowing extra-time between most appointments for safe-transitioning between patients.

My hygiene-coordinator, Caitlin will be working from home and so when you call the office you will be prompted to choose between two lines, one to book an appointment with myself, Dr Giorgio Petricca, and the other line to schedule an appointment with my dental hygienist.

We understand how some patients will have reservations about returning to a dental office immediately and so most dental offices (including our own periodontal & implant office) are doing a “soft-start”. This “soft-start” entails reduced patient traffic, reduced staff, and possibly reduced working days in order to more safely navigate through the initial phase of “going back to work”.

Our office has prepared the office as per the College of Dental Surgeons’ of British Colombia Guidelines, including Work Safe BC and the BC Centre for Disease Control, and in consultation with staff to ensure that both patients safety and the safety of staff are safeguarded. Your dental appointment experience will be quite different that it was pre-Covid-19 (Coronavirus Pandemic).

We appreciate your patience and understanding through these challenging times and look forward to seeing you all soon.



First: Complete  the Screening form and Patient Consent form as per the requirements of the British Columbia Dental Association. These forms must be emailed at least 24 to 48 hours before appointment.  We appreciate your understanding.


Must fill Nanaimo Forms

Fill out the Patient Screening Form for Nanaimo Click Here

Fill out the  Patient Consent Form for Treatment for Nanaimo Click Here

Fill out the Medical/ Dental History Form Click Here

Existing Patient Medical Dental History Update Form Click Here

The Nanaimo forms should be emailed to:



Fill out the Patient Screening Form for Colwood Click Here

Fill out the  Patient Consent Form for Treatment for Colwood Click Here

Fill out the Medical/ Dental History Form Click Here

Existing Patient Medical Dental History Update Form Click Here

The Colwood forms should be emailed to:


Please make sure to select the correct office: Nanaimo or Colwood to submit your form.


Before Entering our Office 


Second: You may only enter our clinic IF you are free of any Covid-19 symptoms and have not tested Positive. Only the patient (you) can enter the office.

There will be no magazines or waiting room table present, only 3 waiting room chairs will be available with 2 meters between them. Only the patient will be allowed in to office; if you need to be accompanied to the office please ensure the person who accompanies you waits for your OUTSIDE of our office.



Third: go to the bathroom in your own home (you will be requested to use a public bathroom in the building to avoid cross-contamination of our own in-office bathroom


Fourth: before entering, call us from outside the office or your safely parked vehicle to be let in

To be let into the Nanaimo office building please buzz in through the intercom on the right hand side of the entry way. Scroll using the touch key pad until you find "Giorgio Petricca" and then press dial.  The reception will answer the phone to buzz you in.  Before opening the door you need to wait 3 seconds until light on key fob, left hand side of door, goes red to green to enter the door.


Fifth: maintain social distancing during travel to and from our clinic and wear a face mask or facial cloth covering (as an example see YouTube Video: before entering our clinic and on leaving our clinic


Sixth: 1) on entry immediately to your right (in front of a plexi-glass shielded reception counter) will be hand-sanitizer (please sanitize your hands immediately via the touchless dispenser/solution) and masks (if you need one). 2) on completion of your treatment, before leaving our office


Seventh: to minimize cross-contamination use of paper will be minimized – please provide your email address written clearly on our online Medical/Dental History form and Patient Consent for Treatment form so that we can email you receipts for treatment.



How to Wear a Mask Click Here

Hand Hygiene Click Here


Help STOP the spread of Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses by washing your hands or using alchohol-based hand rub when you enter and leave our office.  Please cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing as respiratory illnesses spread easily.


To protect our patients and staff let us do our best to reduce the transmission of germs that can cause flu and other respiratory illnesses.



Helping patients stay informed with our FAQs

Cost of Treatment

The BC Dental Association (BCDA) publishes a fee guide every year in February. It is a guide, therefore some practitioners may bill above the guide, some below, and some as recommended by the guide. Our practice more often than not will charge below the fee guide, especially if more than one treatment is being performed simultaneously. Generally speaking, our practice will charge based on the value of our time and the value of the treatment being provided using the BCDA published guide as our primary guide.

Insurance Coverage for Treatment

Our experience has been that many dental insurance companies will use an older fee (older year) and a fee guide for general dentists, then take a percentage of that amount for which to base their coverage.

Interestingly, I am not aware of any dental insurance company that performs a dental exam on a patient before determining coverage. A dental exam would in practice determine what a patient’s individual’s needs are. Thus I am hard pressed to understand the logic behind what they will and will not cover. Our experience has also been that with larger employers (companies, unions, corporations, etc.) coverage is negotiated between the employer and the dental insurance provider. Unfortunately my experience has been that when I talk to patients, many claim to not have been aware of what “benefits” were negotiated on their behalf.

It is important to understand and realize that as a health care provider my job is to diagnose and recommend treatment based on my diagnosis(es).

Q: How much should my implant therapy cost?

It depends on what is needed to provide a successful long-term (i.e. beyond 5 to 10 years). Examples provided on my Dental Implants page exemplifies instances where the success of treatment may have been influenced by cost (i.e a cost savings).

Q: How long do implants last?

It depends on the health and quality of bone AND soft tissue around an implant on the day the restoration (crown, bridge, denture, etc.) was placed, as well as how well the restoration fits onto an implant(s) AND how stable the bite (occlusion) is on the restoration over time.

Explanation of “how well a restoration fits on to/into an implant” depends on:

a) Whether or not original (i.e. not third party or aftermarket) components are used.

b) Whether the restoration has been inserted passively in to the implant (if the restoration is forced to seat into an implant rather than passively then stress will be transferred to the surrounding bone, causing bone loss which is often asymptomatic and CAN go unnoticed).

c) How stable the bite (occlusion) is on the restoration. A natural tooth is connected to its surrounding bone via a periodontal ligament (PDL). This ligament has some “give” such that when we bite hard, we feel some movement in our teeth. This PDL is like a “shock absorber” and since we chew in 3 dimensions, our natural teeth take some degree of stress “side to side.” This “side to side” stress is absorbed somewhat by our ligament. An implant however does not have a ligament, and instead is directly connected (ankylosed) to bone. As such, an implant can tolerate bite forces downs its long axis (i.e. one can stand heavily on top of the restoration on an implant), but it does NOT tolerate “side to side” forces/stress. This is also why if someone grinds their teeth they should be fitted with a “bruxism appliance,” and why a crown on an implant tends to look “flatter” than a natural tooth so that lateral (side to side) forces on an implant are minimized.

Periodontal & Implant Clinic

Main Address

Nanaimo Location

503-495 Dunsmuir Street

Nanaimo, BC V9R 6B9

Phone: 250-754-1233




Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM –4:00 PM
Fridays, Weekends and Holidays: Closed


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