San Diego Prosthodonic Specialist Dr. Harold J. Gulbransen

In today’s world, we know that you have a choice when it comes to your dental care. We encourage you to ask questions and involve yourself in treatment planning your care. We enjoy informing our patients about their oral health and all the treatment options available to them.

Experience does make a difference.

San Diego prosthodontic specialist Dr. Harold Gulbransen specializes in prosthodontics, one of the nine recognized specialties within the American Dental Association [ADA]. Prosthodontists are trained to replace missing teeth, gum tissues and bone in the mouth and to make your smile beautiful as well as functional.

He received his dental degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Dentistry, where he was selected to the national dental honorary society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Gulbransen has received four additional years of training after dental school.  After completing a one year dental General Practice Residency at the La Jolla Veteran’s Administration HospitalDr. Gulbransen went to Los Angeles where he completed a two year prosthodontic residency at the Wadsworth VA Hospital.

During this residency in advanced restorative dentistry, he was selected to be the Chief Resident. Dr. Gulbransen spent an additional year of training in Maxillofacial Prosthetics at the UCLA Medical Center. This is where he learned to rehabilitate patients with oral and facial defects caused by cancer or trauma. He has enjoyed practicing as a specialist in restorative dentistry in La Mesa since 1984.

This additional post-graduate education after graduation from dental school included reviews of the literature, advanced level courses, clinical and laboratory experience and treatment of patients. This specialty education provided skills and knowledge beyond the training of general dentists.  He is also trained in the hands-on technical aspects of laboratory fabrication of complex dental prosthetics and complex restoration of dental and facial esthetics. Dr. Gulbransen has enjoyed practicing as a prosthodontic specialist in Maxillofacial Prosthetics in La Mesa since 1984.
His wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Prosthodontics is evidenced by the respect he enjoys in the San Diego dental community. In fact, he has been recognized every year since 2007 by a jury of his peers as a “Top Dentist” in San Diego County in the field of Prosthodontics.

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On-Site Fully-equipped State-of-the-Art Dental Laboratory

Our practice also enjoys a fully-equipped prosthetic dental laboratory on premises, staffed with two full-time, experienced dental laboratory technicians. This ensures complete control and timely delivery of superior quality customized crowns, bridges, dental implant restorations, dentures and facial prostheses.

We have the ability on site to accomplish all phases of complete denture fabrication, most implant supported restorations and cast precious metal crowns and bridges. A custom milling machine is available for the fabrication of high-end implant supported restorations. All phases of fabrication of silicone facial prostheses, from sculpting to processing and painting are handled in our laboratory. Our in-house laboratory is designed to assist Dr. Gulbransen and allows him to provide high quality care to his patients. On-Site Dental Laboratory Staffed with Two Full-Time Dental Technicians Gulbransen 18




Laboratory staffed with two experienced full-time laboratory technicians

Fred and Ian
Full-Time Laboratory Technicians

Continuing Education and Professional Affiliations

Dr. Gulbransen at San Diego Prosthodontics is committed to continuing education. He attends numerous professional and scientific meetings to insure that he is up to date in the use of the latest treatments and technologies. As an active member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Prosthodontists, the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics, the Academy of Osseointegration and the American Dental Association, Dr. Gulbransen stays abreast of the latest techniques and technologies in the dynamic field of prosthodontics 

Commitment to Digital X-ray and the Latest Technology

Our office employs state of the art electronic technology, including digital panoramic and intraoral x-rays. SAN DIEGO PROSTHODONTICS is proud to offer the latest in modern sterilization and disinfection techniques. Vigorous safeguards, exacting cleaning procedures and controlled professional standards are designed to protect the health and welfare of both patients and practitioners.

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Dedication of our Exemplary Staff

Our friendly and professional staff strives to make your experience in our office both positive and rewarding. Every member of our staff has been with us at least 10 years—we think this says a lot about our office and we are very proud of our dental team. We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding your dental treatment, including insurance, billing and office procedures. All of our staff members are CPR certified. We know your time is valuable and we take pride in being efficient and timely, while still maintaining a warm and caring atmosphere.DSC_0020_01 DSC_0029_01 DSC_0058_01

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