Nelsen Family Dentistry
John Nelsen, DDS:
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Nelsen Family Dentistry
John Nelsen, DDS
Chico, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Sharon I. from Oakhurst, CA (Source: Yelp)


Skilled and caring; that was my experience at Nelsen Family Dentistry with Dr. John Nelsen. He literally and figuratively restored my smile. I had been to several dentist (out of the area, as I’ve just moved to Chico) and their recommendations were extreme and expensive. Dr. John provided a menu of options to choose from and I decided on some basic treatment. When your dentist is humming during his work, happy in his day, skilled in his practice, there will be nothing short of a miracle. It was the best dental experience (no pain) and resulted in a significant improvement in the appearance of my teeth and smile. I am so grateful to Dr. John and his entire staff, who are all very warm and friendly. How can one say they had a glorious day at the dentist? Having Dr. John do the work. No wonder they’re named one of Chico’s best dentists.

Canyondiva (Source: Google)


Excellent service! I recently had a very long procedure and am happy to say it was both comfortable and completely painless. Everyone I encountered was pleasant and compassionate. That evening, the doctor called me at home to check how I was doing; it doesn’t get better than that. Thank you all for making me feel welcome and completely at ease.

Michalle Teraberry-Hufford (Source: Facebook)


This is the best dentistry I have ever experienced. Not only do they do quality work, they provide a welcoming environment with a personal touch. John never fails to stop and give a greeting even if we are there for a cleaning. He keeps up with the newest procedures and his work is excellent. I appreciate how hard he works to provide quick emergency help. I have been impressed with everyone who works in this office. Mickey and Jerry Hufford

Bob R. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


This was my first appointment at NFD, my previous doctor sold his practice. I did my homework, then selected the Nelson Family Dentistry. I was immediately impressed with everyone I met, family-friendly and professional. I met Dr. John at my first ‘take pictures’ and examine mouth appointment and was more than very impressed. I am so pleased with my decision and would highly recommend the NFD to anyone.

Archer 07 (Source: Google)


Like many people, I tend to get nervous when going to a dentist. As a child my teeth didn’t want to grow in correctly, resulting in many procedures and surgeries. I went to several dentists in Chico before finding Nelsen Family Dentistry. I cannot say enough about how great they made me feel during my visits, and not just the dentist, but every staff member there. I was always treated like I was a member of their family, with kindness and professionalism. My fear of going to a dentist quickly vanished. Thank you Dr. John, the other dentists and all of the staff. If I could give a higher score than a five, I would. Dennis H.

Lynn F. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


These are good people, people.  I was seen today on an emergency basis, since I cracked two crowns biting into some caramel corn laden with old maids. Got a patch job to get me through and will be seen by Dr. John Nelsen who will give me two new crowns on Friday. This is just one example of how amazing this whole office is. I’ve been a patient since 1999 and they continue to amaze and impress me. From the great front office staff, to their hygienists as well as the chair side assistants and the three dental professionals at Nelsen Family Dentistry. You will be taken care of, catered to and treated like family… and walk away with some of the best care you could ever hope for.

Melissa S. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


How can you love dental work? Try Dr. Nelson and his staff and you’ll love going to the dentist. I get follow-up phone calls if I have any work done that’s not routine. And, everyone is so happy and accommodating. If you are looking for a great dental experience with a high level of quality work, try them out. I promise you will not be disappointed!

Paula Pluim (Source: Google)


This was my first time going to Nelson family dental. My last experience with a dentist didn’t go real well, so I was very nervous for my visit. This was by far the best dental experience I’ve ever had! Tommy was very gentle, nice and professional. The staff was extremely patient with me asking them a lot of questions. The hygienist was excellent! I am very pleased with this office and am already recommending people to come here.

James Simmons (Source: Google)


From the very beginning, Nelson Family Dentist has been nothing but Fantastic. The most professional and the most kind group of people I have ever had the pleasure and privilege to meet!! Anyone in need of any type of dental care, Nelson Family Dental care is the absolutely perfect place for you and your family needs. I want personally thank all the staff for all the great work. They changed my life!! And they can certainly change your life as well.

Jan K. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


Who doesn’t hate going to the dentist? Unfortunately being born with weak teeth,. it is a necessary evil for me. Dr. John @ Nelsen Family Dentistry has been my dentist for many years now. Over the years, as my ugly and massive silver fillings fail, he has replaced them with white porcelain, and replaced old yellow crowns with beautiful white ones. The best part is, he does crowns in one trip!  For someone who hates dentist’s visits,  it says a lot that I look forward to them now. The office is so friendly and comfortable, and Dr. John has a way of putting your fears to rest. I am happy to say, I now love my teeth, and I get compliments on them ALL the time!

Rose B. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


Nelsen Family Dentistry is the best!  I’ve been a patient of theirs since 2005 and the care that I have received has always been top of the line.  My entire family are patients there as well as my husband’s family.  We couldn’t be happier with the care that we receive.  I can see why they won best of Chico for the last three years!  The staff is very friendly and caring.  The doctors really take their time and cared about all of my dental concerns.  The office is beautiful and exceeded my expectations!

Mary Fair (Source: Google)


I was having pain in a tooth that threatened a family get together I’d been looking forward to. When I called the office, Mel was able to squeeze me in that same day to see Dr. John. Got amazing treatment and saved the weekend with my grandkids. I used to drive up from Burbank to see Nelson Family Dentistry. Now I’ve retired in Chico, of them all as family!

Adina L. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


Nelsen Family Dentistry is by far the best Dentist office you will find in the Northern California area. Due to my busy work schedule, it is almost impossible for me to schedule anything in advance, but the friendly and very professional office staff came to my rescue on two separate occasions; enabling me to get an appointment last minute for my emergency procedures. Both doctors are extremely knowledgable and down to earth. You will never want to go somewhere else once you’ve had the Nelsen Family Dentistry experience!

Erin B. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Jon was an awesome dentist. I needed a tooth pulled, and they got it done the first visit, which saved me money since i dont have insurance. Jon was very personable, informative, professional, friendly, fun, and did a generally great job! He was very aware of my pain level, which was great, and he made sure that I experienced almost no pain during my visit! Also everything was reasonably priced. Thanks Jon!

Hannah M. from Logan, UT (Source: Yelp)


The staff at Nelsen Family Dentistry went above and beyond in helping my husband and I. I worked with Mel at the front desk and she was phenomenal. She was patient with my many questions, comforting, and very friendly. My husband does not have dental insurance and we called numerous dentist offices to hopefully receive a referral to go to a surgeon for an infected wisdom tooth. None of them were willing to help with our situation. However, Mel and Nelsen Family Dentistry were happy to help! When we are established with insurance we will definitely be returning to work with this dentistry. Thank you Mel!!! 🙂

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Andrea L. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


I don’t write reviews- I just don’t. I guess I always feel like I can only manage the necessities of a busy working family life. But in this instance I felt urgently compelled to do so. I was first introduced to Drs’ Nelson last fall on an emergent basis – a tooth had cracked in half and was giving me grief. I had a surgery scheduled for the following week so it was a most ‘inconvenient time’! They brought me in, extracted the tooth and placed an implant all in the same visit. Recently I went back for a basic exam and Dr John fixed some major sensitivities I’d had intermittently for yrs with a very simple procedure that none of the past 3 dentists even broached as a possible solution. Also, I was so amazed and proud to hear that they are volunteering their time and expertise this month in Beirut. This is real humanity in action- refreshing to hear in the current climate our Country has been subjected to.

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Melissa Hardesty (Source: Google)


Efficient, friendly, professional. They offer a senior discount and a cash discount, which is so helpful. My dentist of 40+ years had retired, so I am thrilled to have found such a wonderful office. I had a tooth emergency and they fit me in that day, welcoming me as a new patient with warmth and caring. Thank you Nelson Dentistry for taking such good care of me! You came highly recommended to me, and they were right…you do a great job!:

LJ H. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve always had a fear of going to the dentist, but Nelsen’s Dentistry is probably the nicest dentist place I’ve ever been too. When I needed to get a root canal, John talked me through the process and told me not to worry. And he was right. It wasn’t that bad. He is very good at keeping his hands steady and getting the job done as fast and conveniently as possible. The staff is really nice and is always happy to help! I’ve always been really bad at oral hygiene, so usually other dentists complain to me how bad my teeth are while they are cleaning or operating on a cavity. But John doesn’t do that. He explains what’s going on with my teeth and tells he how to combat the problem. I haven’t had as many tooth problems going their for 1 month than my entire life! 10/10 would recommend!

Stephen P. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


Had some weirdness with the teefies. Not used to this. I have never had a cavity and have strong teeth. I am heading out of the country next week and needed to get check out. The fit me in within a day of calling and turns out I had broke a tooth. He asked if I wanted it fixed right now. I asked how long it would take (I was in the midst of a deadline that had to be completed that day). Dr. Nelsen told me 20 minutes and he would have me on my way. I said okay. He gave me 3 or 5 or 6 shots (I can’t tell how many because I couldn’t feel any of them) to numb me up. Drilled a bit. Filled a bit. Shaped a bit and then filed down the lower tooth that was actually the culprit for breaking the upper tooth. Several hours later my deadline is done and my teeth are acting like teeth again. Best. Dentist. Ever.

Kim Thaler (Source: Facebook)


Friendly staff who make you feel relaxed even during what could be a stressful proceedure . I had a problem over the weekend with some pain in a tooth and gave them a call for an appointment. They were not taking new patients for an appointment for a few months, but managed to get me in since I was in pain. Proceedure went well and I was happy with the results. Definitely would recommend!

Jem Tanilon (Source: Google)


I’ve always had anxiety visiting dental clinics but with Dr. Nelsen no cap they made feel comfortable and they tried their best to explain the procedure and what’s going on your chart. From the front desk to Dr. Nelsen and his wife to their dental hygienist are all amazing! So I highly recommend them. Btw, I took my husband and my father-in-law there and got their teeth done so yeah these people are amazing!

Sherry Gregg (Source: Google)


I had a very excellent experience at Nelson Family Dentistry which exceeded my expectations…they put my anxiety at ease with excellent care as a wonderful staff especially Bridgette…she was so understanding to my situation I appreciate her sweet attitude and at the same time her professionalism. The dentist had great care in taking time and patience with me with as well as Bridgett by reassuring me that my future appointment with them would be a good experience which put mind at ease. Thank you everyone at Nelson Family Dentistry looking forward to my visit with you here in the near future!

Hector H. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


the staff at Nelsen family dentistry is the best, they receive you with a smile answer any question with a smile, their staff is great, from the beautiful ladies, to the attentive to detail and making sure they do not make you feel uncomfortable. Mr. Farris came over to greet me even though I was there for just a cleaning. and there is my Hygienist Nikki, she makes me feel at home, knows i fear going to the dentist, but she goes out of her way to make me feel at home, did I mention she is beautiful.

linda l. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


The people at Nelson family dentistry are amazing. I have never experienced such compassionate care. They have gone above and beyond to help me.  Both Dr. John and Dr. Tommy have worked on me.  They are excellent at what they do, but more importantly, they care about people, as do their entire staff.  They are truly committed to helping others.  Go here, and feel the love.

Timothy H. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been to many dentists in my 51 years (though probably should have gone more often!).  This place is without a doubt the best office I have ever gone to.  I recommend them highly…and to everyone (all ages).  The Nelsens are so good at getting the work done.  They explain everything before it’s done, clearly.  They walk you through procedures before, and during, so the guess and worry is minimized.  They worked with me in setting up a plan to get this mouth back on its feet.  The staff, from the first set up, through the office visits, and cleanings, and surgeries…and even the follow up calls, is so friendly and professional.  I went from being petrified of dentists, to find them to be more than just people….nice people!

Roary C. from Jenkintown, PA (Source: Yelp)


i move around A LOT. finding a good dentist is difficult at best. finding a great dentist that you trust and don’t want anyone else to touch your mouth for the rest of your life is a god send. dr. john is my hero. i flew in from arizona just to have him put in my first and only implant; out of pocket. 5 years later and living in pennsylvania, i still get compliments about the implant he placed. it has never given me a problem. what i do have a problem with is finding a new dentist. that’s right it’s been 5 years. i’ve fired 4 dentists in that time. special note here on how much this man cares about his patients: out of the blue i called dr john about a problem i was having with a dentist. professionally and without giving diagnosis; dr john helped me to understand my role as a patient and what i can and should expect from my dentist. he did this due to a genuine concern for my well being, knowing there would be no payment, and that i wouldn’t be making any treks to chico in the near future. in my 40 years on this planet,  and amongst all my wanderings, Dr. John Nelsen is the best dentist i’ve ever had.

Debbie Buccola (Source: Google)


I was looking for a primary dentist to help me with a broken tooth and didn’t know where to search. So I googled “dentist” and my search found Nelson Family Dentistry right away. I didn’t know what made this dentist stand out from the rest except that they have won “Best of Chico” for many years. That was good enough for me and I made an appointment. Their office is off the Esplanade and has plenty of parking in the back. I was greeted with an awesome smiling staff that treated me very special. I was impressed with the technology dentistry has evolved into and they explained everything to me. They were even able to squeeze me in for a cleaning! The prognosis on my broken tooth was a root canal which I had to be sent out for. I returned to Nelson Family Dentistry for my crown and had the same pleasant experience. I would agree they are “Best in Chico “ and now I have a new dentist.

Linda S (Source: Google)


From the moment I showed up for this appointment, I was greeted by very personable staff and this continued throughout my appointment. The staff went out of their way to ensure my comfort. Each professional I worked with thoroughly described what they were doing and why, frequently inquiring whether or not I had additional questions. The office was very neat and clean, the view from the rooms was relaxing and the equipment is state of the art. I would absolutely recommend Nelsen Family Dentistry to anyone.

Joy P. from Auburn, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been seeing Dr. John Nelsen for almost 9 yrs. & wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. I’m even going to try to stay under his care when we move 1 1/2 hrs. away! He has excellent dental expertise, uses cutting-edge technology, has an amazing & engaging personality and genuinely cares about you. You are not simply a patient in his office but, rather, an individual who is important to him and to his staff (who, by the way, are as wonderful as he is). He calls you in the evening after a procedure to ensure you are doing well & to answer any questions. Love him, love his staff!!!!!

Jacob M. from San Luis Obispo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Sweet, I get to be one of the horde of 5 star reviews. Best dentist I have ever seen, staff was incredibly nice, Dr. Nelson did an amazing job of making me feel comfortable and not self-conscious about my teeth, which have seen better days lol. Super nice guy, and when I explained I have medi-Cal (which they can’t take) and was paying on CareCredit, he helped me get the treatment and xrays I needed at the absolute lowest cost possible. I’ve always hated going to the dentist, but I absolutely look forward to my next appointment with Dr. Nelson, he is a gangsta! Yes thats a good thing in this case.

Debbie Bauman (Source: Facebook)


Over the years my experiences with the staff at Nelson Family Dentistry have all been favorable. Everyone is very professional, kind and helpful. If someone is having a bad day it never shows in their attitude to patients. Dr. John is the most amazing dentist I have ever gone too and, believe me, my mouth has an astounding history of different dentists, literal from coast to coast! Kudos, folks! Keep up the good work.

Millie Teixeira (Source: Google)


I’ve been going for years. I’m particular about dentists. I don’t want a used car salesmen but a human who listens to my needs. That’s all they have ever done with professionalism and true heart for people in general. Whatever choices I’ve made they’ve always taken care of my teeth and me as a person respecting my choices with smiles and helpful tips and positivity. I wish everyone in our world behaved personally and professionally like this as what a world it would be. You simply can’t beat genuine good people.

Scott W. from Chico, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Nelsen Family Dentistry since 2003. Early on, I had to get a crown on a cracked tooth. Dr. John had the equipment right in his office to diamond cut a porcelain crown for me. No waiting to get a crown sent from someone else someplace else, just got it done right there and right then. He’s something of a tech geek, so you can always find the latest in leading edge dental equipment there. (He had 3D infrared imaging of teeth more than 10 years ago.) My family goes there for care, and all of us get the best we’ve ever had. Highly recommended. One additional thing: I can understand what one reviewer wrote about one hygienist being a little more aggressive than others. I’ve had a number of them work on my teeth over the years, and people do vary in method, no question. So if a particular hygienist isn’t a good fit, it’s not a problem to get someone else.