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Steven Tonelli

Dental Health Concepts

Dental Health Concepts

205 Main St.
North Reading, MA

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Dr Tonelli is a 1980 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. In 1981, he completed a general practice residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Mass.

Dr. Tonelli is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists where he serves as an International Councilman. He has been chairman of the oldest honorary dental society in the country the Academy of Dental Science as well as the past chairman of the J. Murray Gavel Lectureship at the Forsyth Dental Institute. In 2016 Dr. Tonelli received the ICD’s district 1 Distinguished Service Award as well as the Massachusetts Dental Society’s highest honor The Etherington Award.

He has been involved in organized dentistry at both the local, state and national level as chair of the E. Middlesex Dental Society, he has served as the Chair of the Yankee Dental Congress and is now the chair of its Oversight Committee. He has been a member of the American Dental Association and has served on its Council for Annual Sessions and was the Scientific Chairman in 2001 in Kansas City, Mo. He currently is serving on the Commission on Dental Accreditation where he served as Chairman in 2012. He currently serves on the Standing Committee for International Accreditation.

He is currently a faculty member of the Pankey Institute of graduate dentistry in Key Biscayne, Florida and is also on the Board of Advisors at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. And he is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society.

Dr. Tonelli is the recipient of Best of Boston Top Dentist Award the last two years and Boston Consumer Checkbook Award Top Dentist for the last 7 years.

Dr. Tonelli lives in Andover with his wife Peggy who is a Nurse Practitioner in Ob/Gyn and they have 3 sons all of which graduated from Tufts University, Michael and his wife Nicole and their daughter Charlotte, Andrew who practices at Dental Health Concepts and Patrick and his wife Sarah and their son James. They all enjoy golf, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

List the treatments and procedures you offer:


Smile makeovers with pre-operative renderings

Implant reconstuction

Full mouth rehabilitation

TMJ therapy

Crowns in a day  CEREC

All types of removable prosthetics

Awards or Certifications

Dr Tonelli was the recipient of the following:

International College of Dentistry's District 1 Distinguished Service Award

Massachusetts Dental Societies highest award The Etherington Award in 2016

What's your background, education and training?

1976 graduate from the University of Massachusetts  BA

1980 graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine  DMD

1981 General Practice Residency at Memorial Hospital and UMass Medical Center

What is your typical process for working with a new patient?

We feel that it is extremely important that a thorough exam is done at the initial visit.  We take pride in the uniqueness of our initial visit that enables the patient to be fully informed relative to the existing conditions that are present and how they may be able to improve their oral health.  The patient will have visual evidence, both digital photos, digital radiographs, microsamples, study models and a powerpoint presentation outlining any suggestions.

What advice would you give a patient looking to find a provider in your specialty?

Mske sure that you have the opportunity to meet the dentist and get to know them as well as the dentist should get to know you.  This will help the treating dentist to understand your needs and wants.  Don't just jump in and have a cleaning without knowing your practitioner.

What inspired your passion for your profession?

I have some very important mentors in my life.  Don Stackhouse, Van Zissi, LD Pankey to name a few.  I have been blessed to have been able to learn from these exceptional practitioners.

What treatments are you most excited to offer?

I enjoy providing patients with smile makeovers that change their lives.  Full mouth reconstructions that bring patients back to optimal oral health.  Resolving patients long standing TMJ issues that have effected their lives.

What is the best reaction you’ve ever received from a patient?

Tears, smiles, hugs, gifts but mostly their referrals

What makes your practice stand apart?

Our service is second to none and the quality of our care helps us stand out.  I believe that our initial visit process is unique and patients appreciate our thoroughness and often comment about it.  We have a dental lab in our office so we can resolve prosthetic issues usually in a day.  Our financial options are designed to help patients find a system that works best for them.

What should patients know about your pricing?

Our pricing is reflective of the quality of our service and care.  The difference is that we will help patients find a way to afford the dentistry that they may need.

How many years have you been in business?

I have personally been in practice for 39 years.  The practice began in 1961 and our motto is a Tradition of Dental Excellence.

What do clients have to say about you?

We have hundreds of 5 Star reviews.  Check out Rate a Biz to see what our patients have to say about us.

Hours of operation

Mon  7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

Tues  8:00AM - 6:00PM

Weds 7:30PM - 7:00PM

Thurs 8:00AM - 5:00PM

Frid   8:00AM - 5:00PM




Top Dentist: 2019