Harold J. Gulbransen, DDS


8860 Center Drive Suite 460
La Mesa, CA 91942



Specialist in Prosthodontics
& Maxillofacial Prosthetics


  • Dental Implant Reconstruction
  • Esthetic Restorative Dentistry
  • Maxillofacial Prosthetics
  • Complex Implant Aesthetics
  • Implant-Supported Dentures
  • Complete Tooth Replacement

About Dr. Gulbransen

Dr. Gulbransen specializes in prosthodontics, one of the nine recognized specialties within the American Dental Association. Having been actively involved in implant dentistry since he opened his practice in La Mesa in 1984, he has restored thousands of dental implants and has become a recognized authority on implant reconstruction, lecturing extensively both nationally and internationally on the subject of dental implants and complex prosthodontic procedures.

He grew up in Huntington Station, NY, and attended Cornell University for his undergraduate degree in mathematics and biology. 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.

After completing a one year General Practice Residency at the La Jolla Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Dr. 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. He 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.

As a 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. He has been chosen by his peers as a Top Dentist in San Diego each year since 2007.

About the Practice

At San Diego Prosthodontics Dr. Gulbransen and his staff strive to provide optimal prosthodontic care for their patients. Dr. Gulbransen has over 30 years of clinical experience solving complex prosthodontic problems. Recognizing the importance of a patient’s dental health, the friendly, caring office staff is available to answer any questions regarding specific dental treatments.

A unique feature of San Diego Prosthodontics is their on-site “state of the art” prosthetic laboratory staffed with two full-time, experienced dental laboratory technicians. This in-house dental laboratory ensures complete control and timely delivery of superior quality customized crowns, bridges, dental implants, dentures and facial prostheses.

All phases of complete denture fabrication, most implant supported restorations and cast precious metal crowns and bridges can be accomplished on-site within the office facility. 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 the laboratory.

The office employs the latest techniques in restorative and cosmetic dentistry, including the use of digital panoramic and intraoral x-rays. This allows quick, efficient processing of x-rays with reduced radiation exposure. Coordination of care with other dental specialists is facilitated by their ability to e-mail digital x-rays to other clinicians instantaneously.

Each of their new operatories is equipped with the latest computer technology. Large, easy to view computer screens allows Dr. Gulbransen to discuss a patient’s individual treatment plan in detail during their appointment.

Your Initial Consultation

Every patient is unique; therefore treatment options vary with individual needs. The first step is a consultation and complete evaluation by Dr. Gulbransen. As a trained dental specialist in prosthodontics, Dr. Gulbransen is well equipped to provide you with all of your treatment options including dental implants to replace missing teeth when the conditions are right.

Your initial visit to the office will allow time for Dr. Gulbransen to thoroughly assess your concerns and involves a total mouth examination. Additional diagnostic material, such as X-rays, models of the patient’s mouth, and discussions with other doctors may be needed. Once all the information is gathered to make a comprehensive plan, Dr. Gulbransen can then discuss your treatment options and the appointments required.

You are encouraged to ask questions regarding your recommended treatment, and to bring a spouse or confidant along to listen to the consultation and make inquiries. Dr. Gulbransen looks forward to the opportunity to help you with your prosthodontic needs.