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Gum disease which starts as a bacterial in the gums can morph into a more serious condition that can destroy the tissue surrounding your gums and lead to teeth loss and other serious conditions.

The early stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and is the only stage that can be reversed by proper dental care. If left untreated, gingivitis can develop into the more serious periodontitis where bacteria accumulate in the tooth socket. This allows the bacteria to release toxins that further damage the connective tissues and bones and eventually lead to tooth loss.

Based on the progression of the disease, we offer everything from root planning & scaling to tissue repair and gum grafts to treat periodontitis. We offer compassionate care that you can be confident in. Treating patients of all ages, you can rest assured that you’ll be taken care of in an anxiety-free environment getting the best and most up to date technology that is available. Get your quality of life back with the smile you deserve.

Talk to our periodontists and oral surgeons in Palo Alto about your needs and concerns and we will create a personalized recommendation, treatment plan, and payment options for you. Contact us today!

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Why do I need to see a Periodontist?


Nobody wants to get gingivitis, but it’s not the end of the world. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that your dental professional can treat by giving a thorough cleaning that removes the build- up of plaque and tartar. Your dentist will then give you an at-home treatment plan to ensure that you get the most out of your appointment and learn how to keep those gums healthy.


When your situation has gone beyond gingivitis, you may need periodontal treatment. This involves not only a thorough cleaning but scaling: which is when your plaque and tartar are removed down to the bottom of each pocket and root planing: which is when the root surface of the tooth is smoothed to allow gum tissue to reattach to the tooth. Sometimes surgery is necessary to get to the hard to reach areas. Your periodontal treatment will allow you to stay on top of your gum disease and get back to a fully functioning set of teeth.

Peri-Implant Diseases

Peri-implant disease is an inflammatory reaction that affects the soft tissue surrounding a dental implant that can result in loss of bone support that surrounds the implant. Your dentist and hygienist will discuss with you the importance of maintaining an oral hygiene routine at home. When you learn how to properly care for your implants, they can last a lifetime.

What Procedures Do You Offer?

Gum Grafts

Gum grafting is a procedure that covers exposed root surface with grafted oral tissue. Some causes would be overly aggressive tooth brushing, gum disease or trauma. Benefits of a gum graft are a better appearance, improved gum health and reduced sensitivity. It’s a common procedure that offers to restore stability and strength back to your smile.

Tissue Repair

Tissue repair can treat the damage done by gum disease, tooth sensitivity and create a more even gum line. Patients with “gummy smiles” can have the unwanted tissue removed for a more attractive smile.

Deep Cleaning

Routine cleanings are for preventing gum disease. Deep cleanings treat existing gum disease. A routine cleaning will not suffice if your dentist diagnoses the need for a deep cleaning. The good news is that once you’ve had the deep cleaning, it’s like getting a clean slate. Your dentist or hygienist will advise you how to keep your teeth in good condition with a at-home treatment plan that will keep your teeth and gums healthy.

  • Dr Yen is a great dental care provider. I have recommended him to people at work. His advice is conservative, honest which is hard to find in dentists around this area. He is generally happy and cordial with all his patients. 10/10 would recommend.

    Meryl H
  • Alex Yen is an awesome dentist!! I've been going to him for a few years now and every time it's been a great experience. The staff is very friendly and the dental assistants always do a great job. I got a teeth whitening procedure done which isn't the most comfortable thing to have done, but it went by super fast and was done well. Dr. Yen always explains what he sees on X-rays or with your teeth so it's easy to understand. He also encourages and teaches best practices so you keep your mouth clean in between visits. Definitely recommend!

    Jamie B.
  • Alex Yen is a fantastic dentist. I initially only went to him for a cleaning, but he noticed some white spots and stains on my front teeth that had bothered me for years and offered a few options for how to fix them. I went back recently to have that done, and he did an awesome job. My teeth look perfect, the process was quick (took ~45 minutes), and I no longer feel self-conscious about how those teeth look. Dr. Yen is confident and professional and explains clearly what he is doing. His services are very affordable. I'm a Stanford grad student on Cardinal care. My cleaning was free, and 3 sealants plus the cosmetic procedure were only $150, even with minimal coverage from my dental insurance. The front desk is helpful and friendly, and they respond promptly to questions about scheduling, cost estimates, etc.

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