1601 N. Tucson Blvd. Ste 12C, Tucson, AZ 85716 (520) 200-5062

Dr. D'Aniello and staff

About Us

Southern Dental Specialties of Tucson delivers a customized dental solution tailored to your unique goals and needs. Our team combines the best of gum disease treatments and periodontic care all in one office to deliver a convenient and high-quality dental experience. Our team approach around treating gum disease means that we can handle the most complex cases for patients seeking periodontal or dental implant treatments. We look forward to making your patient experience the best it can be.

Many patients are referred to Dr. D’Aniello for second opinions. Frequently he can offer more conservative and less costly treatment options for patients with medical and financial concerns. In many cases, gum surgery can be deferred or avoided if the patient is referred to Dr. D’Aniello in a timely manner.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal or gum disease is a serious inflammatory disorder that will harm the bone and surrounding tissues of the teeth. Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease. With treatment we can; significantly alter the progression of the disease, help prevent further disease and even reverse some of the damage done. Without treatment premature tooth loss will occur. However, the picture may be much bigger. Periodontal disease which is a serious inflammatory disorder, primarily caused by bacterial pathogens (disease causing bacteria present in dental plaque ), these aspects of periodontal disease may have a detrimental impact on other common serious systemic diseases or conditions. Unfortunately, the early stages of Periodontal disease are usually symptomless and by the time one of the warning signs are recognizable by the patient the disease may have already reached a severe or advanced level. Professional evaluation is critical to early detection and treatment.

Risk factors of periodontal disease include:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco
  • Poor nutrition
  • High levels of stress
  • Diabetes
  • Down Syndrome
  • AIDS
  • Certain medications including steroids, oral contraceptives or blood pressure medication
  • Fillings or crowns with deep grooves or poor contouring
  • Genetics: Children who have parents with periodontitis are 12 times more likely to have the bacteria that can lead to periodontal disease.


A periodontal examination is a fundamental part of all dental examinations and is the first step in ensuring healthy gums. We will fully examine your mouth for signs of the disease.

About Dr. D’Aniello

Dr. D’Aniello

Dr. Joseph N. D’Aniello

Joseph D’Aniello was born in Philadelphia, PA. 1954. Graduated from Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales- Center Valley, Allentown, PA 1979 B.S. Chemistry and Minor in Biology. From 1979- 1980 Research Assistant – Duke University- Dept. Of Biophysics. Graduated Temple University School of Dentistry 1984 D.M.D.
From 1984-1985 General Practice Dentistry Residency, Leigh Valley Hospital Center- Allentown Hospital -Allentown, PA. Post-Graduate Residency in Periodontology at Temple University School of Dentistry 1985-1987 Philadelphia, PA. Private practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants in Philadelphia, PA. From 1987-2000. In 2000 He moved to Tucson, AZ. With his wife Georgiann and his four children; Laura, Leah, Joshua and Benjamin to be able to spend more time outdoors and enjoy the beauty, culture, and charm of the Southwest with his family and friends. Participated in coaching Pop Warner Football in Tucson for years and volunteered as the football coach for Catalina Foothills H.S., Also, coach women’s Gymnastics for many years. Has participated in Mission trips to Mexico to build homes and a Church.

Interest include; Mountain biking, Downhill skiing, Hiking, Sailing, and Reading Suspense novels.


Full Mouth Reconstruction

Gum Disease Treatments

Gum disease can be treated by a general dentist or a periodontist, a specialist who undergoes additional training after obtaining a dental license. If your dentist/periodontist discovers gum disease, we can provide treatment for every stage of the condition, which may include:

  • Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
  • Scaling and root plane
  • Gum surgery
  • Bone grafting
Dental Implants and Implant Dentures

Surgical Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal surgery may be necessary to manage moderate to severe periodontitis. This includes pocket reduction with or without bone grafting. All surgical procedures are performed by Dr. D’Aniello. It can be done predictably with local anesthesia only. In addition, preoperative oral sedation is an option for apprehensive patients at no additional fee.

Aesthetic Surgical Treatment (Cosmetic Dentistry)

To improve aesthetics due to a “gummy smile” or uneven gumline. Cosmetic periodontal surgery also includes gum grafting or augmentation to cover an exposed root surface that is prone to root decay and/or sensitivity.

In many cases, gum surgery can be deferred or avoided if the patient is referred to Dr. D’Aniello in a timely manner.

Dental Implants

Dr. D’Aniello is an experienced dental implant surgeon. A dental implant is a titanium alloy screw that can safely and predictably be placed in the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. If indicated, multiple implants can be utilized to replace several teeth or to secure a loose removable denture. The implant serves as the root portion to support the abutment and cap or crown placed by your general or restorative dentist. It is now accepted that a dental implant is often the most conservative treatment for tooth replacement.

Dental implants preserve the supporting bone and are an excellent alternative to fixed bridgework and removable partial dentures. Dr. D’Aniello has placed root form implants since 1987 with a success rate of approximately 99%. Pre-operative planning, bone quality and quantity, and surgical technique are key factors for optimal results. In many cases, the implant can be placed immediately after the extraction of a hopeless tooth. In addition, a special computerized CT scan may be necessary to properly assess your anatomical structures. If so, this can be done safely, conveniently and affordably so as to provide Dr. D’Aniello with more complete diagnostic information. In summary, dental implants are predictable, cosmetic and can last a long time or even a lifetime.

What to Expect


Your Initial

During your initial consultation, you will meet with members of our Specialty Team, and we will listen to you to understand your needs and goals. We will also provide you with a tentative treatment plan and estimate of costs.


Full Clinical

During your exam, we will perform a complete clinical assessment of your dental needs. A full treatment plan and final pricing will be provided by our Specialty Team. We invest time in you, the patient, so that you understand your options and treatment plan.


Highest Quality
Care and Service

Our promise is to deliver the highest quality of care available in the Tucson area, and to provide you with service that exceeds your expectations.

Financing Options

We recognize that the cost of dental work is a subject that you want to understand and feel comfortable with before making a significant financial commitment. Our goal is to make sure you feel confident that your treatment is a high value for your investment. We will fully explain all treatment costs and work with you to make sure the financial side of our dental care is completely understood.

Our office offers a range of options designed to help finance your dental work including affordable, interest-free monthly payment plans. Our staff will help evaluate what your insurance will pay for, and what your out-of-pocket expense will be, in an effort to ensure that you receive maximum reimbursement from your coverage.

Insurances We Accept

We accept a wide range of insurances. Call the office, and we can help evaluate what your insurance will pay for, and what your out of pocket costs will be.

Reviews and Testimonials

Friendly and efficient office staff. Dr. D'Aniello has a calm, capable, reassuring manner, and takes the time to explain things thoroughly. I don't like going to the dentist but they make it as painless as possible, I feel I am in good hands.

Verified patient Aug 2018

How do you pick a periodontist? I asked for recommendations from 3 dentists and they all enthusiastically directed me to Dr. D'Aniello...and they were right! He has great skills, a gentle touch, and a thoughtful approach. In the last couple years, I have had 3 implants and felt fully informed and confident throughout. His office expertly coordinated with my orthodontist (OrthoPros-5 stars) and regular dentist (Dr. Daggett-5 stars). His follow-up and attention to my care were beyond my expectations.

Verified patient June 2018

Excellent service and a great front office staff. I love the fact that they are always willing to work with me on scheduling appointments and Dr. D'Aniello meets all my needs.

Verified patient October 2018


Schedule Your Consultation

Serving you, the patient, with quality and affordable periodontal treatment and dental implant surgical care is our primary goal. Please call our office at (520) 200-5062 or use the contact form on the right to schedule an implant consultation or periodontal examination with Dr. D’Aniello. You will be glad you did.

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Our Address:

Joseph N D’Aniello, DMD
Southern Dental Specialties of Tucson
1601 N. Tucson Blvd. Ste 12C
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 200-5062

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