Meet the Dentists



Dr. David Fantarella has been in practice as a general dentist in Hamden and North Haven, Connecticut for more than 15 years. His general dentistry practice has an emphasis on implant, cosmetic and laser dentistry.

Dr. Fantarella received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Dartmouth College. He received his degree as a Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. He completed his residency training at the University of Connecticut Medical Center in Farmington, Connecticut. His awards include the American Association Award for Excellence in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the National Society of Dental Practitioners Award in Law and Ethics in Dentistry, and the American Academic Periodontology Award for Outstanding Achievement in Periodontics.

Integrating cutting edge technologies and techniques into the practice of dentistry is core to Dr. Fantarella's mission. He employs some of the industry's most advanced systems in his practice including the hard and soft tissue laser, Solea, the E4D CAD/CAM scanning and milling system, laser teeth whitening, the Velscope oral cancer fluorescence screening device, high quality intra-oral photography, DIAGNOdent Caries Detection system, CariVu portable caries detection device, digital panoramic radiography, and a 3-dimensional conebeam CT scanner. His office is completely paperless and features a state-of-the-art sterilization system.

As one of the first five dentists worldwide to adopt the CO2 hard tissue Solea dental laser, Dr. Fantarella is particularly well-versed in the advantages and techniques associated with this new medium. He has performed thousands of procedures with Solea and he continues to use it on every patient, every day. Dr. Fantarella has positioned himself as a Key Opinion Leader in Laser Dentistry and travels the country teaching and demonstrating this groundbreaking technology. His office is an education center for Convergent Dental and Solea; dentists from across the country travel to Dr. Fantarella to experience and learn Solea in an office setting. Prior to his pioneering experience with Solea, Dr. Fantarella served as a rescue trainer for Biolase.

Dr. Fantarella has recently published a scientific review article in the Journal of Laser Dentistry, The 9.3- µm CO2 Dental Laser: Technical Development and Early Clinical Experience.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Connecticut State Dental Association, and the New Haven Dental Association.

Dr. Fantarella lives in North Haven, Connecticut with his wife and children.

Dr. Michael Garaffa


Dr. Garaffa obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. He attended the University Of Connecticut School Of Dental Medicine where he received his Doctor of Dental Medicine. Following his graduation, he was a resident in a General Practice Residency at the University of Colorado with advanced training in endodontics, oral surgery and implantology. After the completion of his residency Dr. Garaffa worked for three years in a private practice in the Denver suburb of Littleton, Colorado. Dr. Garaffa and his wife then decided that it was time to return home to Connecticut where he was born and raised and where his extended family still resides. He, therefore has strong ties to Connecticut and due to his long association with UCONN, tries to attend as many football and basketball games as possible. Dr. Garaffa is licensed by the Dental Board of Connecticut and is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and the Connecticut Dental Association. In 2011, he participated in a five-day dental service trip and provided oral healthcare to indigent children and adults, in Tobati, Paraguay.