Meet Dr. Kao

Richard T. Kao DDS, PhD, is a periodontist – a specialist in periodontal (gum), dental implant, and oral pathology-medicine.  His expertise in complex periodontal, perio-restorative and implant cases has provided dental care to his patients in the Cupertino-Silicon Valley area.


You  can expect the most comprehensive and best  possible dental care  thanks  to Dr. Kao’s education, professional experiences and academic activities.  After a BA in Microbiology (UC Berkeley) and MS in Cell Biology (SF State University), he obtained his dental (DDS), periodontal post-graduate (Periodontal Certificate), and graduate research training (PhD & Post-Doctoral Training in Experimental Pathology) from UC San Francisco. 


These academic credentials serve as the basis for a successful clinical career with 8 years as a general dentist and 23 years as a periodontist.  To continue to excel in providing the best dental care, he does regenerative research and teaches at UC San Francisco (Clinical Professor) and University of the Pacific (Adjunct Clinical Professor) Schools of Dentistry.  Dr. Kao’s academic activities have resulted in winning two prestigious R. Earl Robison Research Awards; publications of over 40 scientific articles and 30 book chapters; lectures, both nationally and internationally; and service awards from various professional organizations.  He has had critical roles in the development of new surgical techniques.  See Curriculum Vitae for details.


As a patient, you can enjoy the confidence that Dr. Kao will do his utmost to provide the very best periodontal care in the Cupertino-Silicon Valley area.  Beyond the classical periodontal care approaches, he will incorporate innovative technologies such as computerized imaging and treatment planning; periodontal plastic surgical techniques; and laser assisted periodontal treatment (LANAP®).  Dr. Kao is committed to . . . Protecting and Creating the Foundations of Your Smile!