Christopher R. DeSesa, DMD

Dr. Christopher R. DeSesa is a Harvard and Yale-trained, double board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He was born and raised in Manchester, Connecticut, and graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He then received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine degree from Harvard University in 2011, where he graduated with honors in oral and maxillofacial surgery. After graduating from Harvard, he was selected into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery program at Yale University, where he completed his surgical residency training in 2015 and served as chief resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Dr. DeSesa is well-known for his compassionate approach to patient care as well as his meticulous attention to detail. His Ivy League education provided him with exceptional training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, with an emphasis on complex tooth extractions, removal of third molars, exposure of impacted teeth, bone graft reconstruction, dental implant surgery, oral pathology, facial trauma repair, general anesthesia, facial cosmetic procedures, and the management of myofascial pain syndrome and TMJ disorders. He also has particular expertise in reconstructive jaw surgery for the treatment of facial deformities with the use of advanced three-dimensional technology.

Dr. DeSesa has lectured at both local and national conferences, including the Craniofacial Conference at Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the Annual Scientific Conference of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Additionally, Dr. DeSesa is a guest speaker at the New York University College of Dentistry, and has lectured locally at the Hampshire Dental Society. Dr. DeSesa also serves as a faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and has mentored students from New York University and the University of Connecticut.

Dr. DeSesa is not only a surgeon, but an accomplished author, having published over a dozen articles, including chapters in the surgical textbook, Aesthetic Orthognathic Surgery and Rhinoplasty, as well as numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global-Open Journal, the Toxicological Sciences Journal, and the Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, and Oral Radiology. Dr. DeSesa was awarded a research grant at Harvard in 2008 for his study of bone regeneration using fibroblast growth factors and osteoprogenitor stem cells. Additionally, Dr. DeSesa’s research in the field of orthognathic reconstructive surgery earned him the Dr. John P. W. Kelly Research Award at Yale in 2014. In 2021, Dr. DeSesa was recognized and voted by his peers, at the Massachusetts Dental Society, as one of the top ten young dentists in the state to have made significant contributions to the profession, earning him the esteemed 10 Under Ten award.

Dr. DeSesa is board-certified by both the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as well as the National Dental Board of Anesthesiology, making him uniquely qualified to provide care at the highest level. In addition, Dr. DeSesa is a Fellow of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Committed to ensuring the utmost safety in patient care, Dr. DeSesa maintains certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support. As a recognized leader in his community, Dr. DeSesa serves on the executive board of both the Valley District Dental Society as well as the Massachusetts Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, where he is Chair of the Emerging Leaders Committee. Dr. DeSesa is also an active member of the Connecticut Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Additionally, Dr. DeSesa maintains hospital privileges at Trinity Health of New England-Mercy Medical Center as well as Mass General Brigham-Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Dr. DeSesa resides in West Hartford, Connecticut with his wife, son, and daughter. Aside from private practice, he is an avid tennis player, and enjoys traveling, skiing, strength training, and spending time with his family and friends.

Education & Qualifications

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Yale University | Yale-New Haven Hospital
Doctorate of Dental Medicine
Harvard University