Periodontics & Periodontal Care In Los Angeles

Periodontist and dental implants specialist Dr. David Kao Periodontics

“As a periodontist in downtown Los Angeles, I have designed my practice to accommodate patients from referring dentists with an extension of your care. To treat your patients with their broad range of special periodontic needs, our practice provides the special expertise and gentle care they expect. We truly treat your referred patients as YOUR PATIENTS.” - Dr. Kao

What Are Periodontics?

Periodontics provide special treatment of periodontal disease through non-surgical and surgical means.

  • Individualized treatment direction is based on a patient's medical history, dental history, his or her chief concern, and the goals of the restorative dentist.
  • Non-surgical treatment of periodontitis includes scaling or root planing, oral hygiene optimization, and pharmaceutical supplements.
  • Surgical procedures for correcting periodontal defects caused by periodontitis include resective therapy, regenerative therapy, and laser gum therapy.

Gum Disease

The two most common periodontal diseases we treat are gingivitis and periodontitis. Although both gum diseases are preventable, they can develop into more serious issues if left untreated.


Gingivitis is a common, mild form of gum disease or periodontal disease that causes irritation, redness and swelling (the indicators of inflammation) of your gums. Because gingivitis can be mild, you may not be aware that you have the condition. It's important to take gingivitis seriously and treat it promptly, as Gingivitis can lead to much more serious gum disease (periodontitis) and eventual tooth loss.


Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and destroys the bone that supports your teeth. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss or worse, an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems.

Periodontal Procedures Include:

  • Cosmetic Gum Sculpting
  • Receding Gum Treatment (Pinhole Surgical Technique)

  • Guided Tissue Regeneration

  • Ridge Augmentation

  • Soft Tissue Grafting

  • Soft Tissue Biopsy

  • Crown Lengthening

  • Cosmetic Periodontics

  • Canine Exposure

  • Oral Health Maintenance

Periodontics Referral

To make the referral process as easy as possible, we have developed a patient referral form that provides all necessary information to treat your patient based on your direction on one page.


To become a referring dentist, simply call our office at (213) 250-7554. We will schedule a personal introduction with Dr. Kao at your convenience. Also, if a patient of yours has an urgent dental need, we can schedule an appointment today.

Periodontics Qualifications Of Dr. Kao

David Kao graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at UCSD in 1997. At UCLA he completed his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 2004 and his Certificate in Periodontology at the University of Connecticut in 2007. He became Board Certified with the American Academy of Periodontology in 2008, and in 2011 he moved his periodontal and dental implant practice to downtown Los Angeles on Wilshire Boulevard. Dr. Kao is trusted by other doctors for periodontal care for themselves, their family, and their patients.


“As a general dentist I have referred my patients to Dr. Kao since 2012. His attention to detail and knowledge regarding both periodontics and dental Implants are outstanding. My patients have been highly satisfied with his specialist dental care, and he truly treats the patients I referred as my patients.“ - General Dentist located in Los Angeles