2844 Summit Street, Suite 109
    (at 29th Street)
Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 444-7277
Email: klouiedds@yahoo.com

Kenneth G. Louie, DDS

Family Dentistry

Our Services

We provide all general dental services to patients of all ages. Listed below are some of the general services we provide.

Family Dentistry

We provide general dental services to patients of all ages and backgrounds.  We pride ourselves in having treated patients from ages 1 to 101, and have families that have brought four generations to our office.  Patients who started out as kids in our office now bring their own kids to us.

Digital X-Rays

Digital, or computerized x-rays have several advantages over traditional film x-rays, including less radiation, greater diagnostic abilities, and faster image viewing. Plus they can be emailed, thereby improving communication with other dentists.

Laser Dentistry

The greatest advantage of lasers is that they can be used with little or no anesthesia at all.  That means no shots and no being numb for hours.  Lasers have many uses in dentistry, but their best applications are in soft tissue treatments.  Laser treated soft tissue heals better and faster than with other methods. There is generally less infection and little or no post-operative pain.  Some laser procedures include:

  • contouring and shaping the gum
  • treating cold sores and canker sores
  • treating gum disease
  • improving impressions for crowns, bridges, and veneers
  • cleaning root canals
  • exposing unerupted or partially erupted teeth

Cosmetic Dentistry

There is no recognized specialty in cosmetic dentistry, but we do provide all cosmetic-type dental services including all bonding procedures, whitening (or "bleaching"), tooth-colored fillings, veneers, and porcelain crowns and bridges.  

Improving the appearance of your smile may involve simple recontouring of your teeth or gums, often without any anesthesia needed and without having to add anything to them, or can be a combination of many procedures.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry includes all fillings, onlays, and crowns.  Fillings can be made of silver, composite resin (white plastic), gold, or porcelain, and may cover one or more surfaces of a tooth.  Each material has it's own advantages and disadvantages and no one material is right for all situations.  See Dental Materials Information Sheet on our Facts & Forms page.

Crowns and Bridges

A crown covers most, if not all, of the visible part of a tooth.  It is a solid structure and therefore may help to strengthen the tooth and prevent fracture.  It can be contoured and colored to blend with or improve your smile.  Crowns may be made of various metal, ceramic, or combination of metal and ceramic materials. 

Bridges involve two or more teeth joined together by one or more false teeth.  There are numerous different designs of bridges and many different ways of attaching them to teeth.  The classic three-unit bridge includes two crowns joined together by one false tooth.  Crowns and bridges can be placed over implants as well as natural teeth.


Removable dentures can be made to replace some or all missing natural teeth.  Their designs can vary depending on the number of missing teeth, the type of materials used, and the desired appearance.  They can be made from a combination of metals, plastics, and porcelain, and can be anchored in the mouth by different types of clasps, special attachments to crowns, or implants.

Gum and Bone Treatment (Periodontics)

Diseases of the gum and bone (periodontal disease) can range from mild inflammation of the gum to rapid degeneration of the bone and loss of teeth.  Common signs of periodontal disease can include bleeding gums, red or swollen gums, receding gums, or loose teeth. Often, there is no pain or even sensitivity associated with periodontal diseases.  Most diseases are caused by bacteria and therefore cleaning is the first stage of treatment.  

Daily flossing, brushing, and rinsing are the best ways to prevent most dental problems, and are the most important part of any treatment of any periodontal disease.  Deep cleaning (or root planing), antimicrobial medication, more frequent professional cleaning, and/or periodontal surgery may be indicated if good home care is not sufficient.

Root Canals (Endodontics)

A root canal treatment involves cleaning the inside of the tooth by removing the nerve, blood vessels, and bacteria from within the tooth.  Once the root canals are cleaned and properly shaped, they are filled completely and sealed over with a filling to prevent bacteria from reentering the tooth.  A crown is usually recommended to prevent fracture of the weakened tooth.  This treatment saves the roots of the tooth so that the tooth does not need to be removed and replaced.

Oral Surgery

Most tooth extractions are performed in our office.  These procedures can easily be performed under local anesthetic.  This reduces the need for outside transportation, fasting, and complications from the general anesthetic medications.  Complicated extractions, patients requesting general anesthesia, and other surgical procedures are usually referred to an oral surgery specialist.

Emergency Services

Although most patients are seen by appointment during regular business hours, we always try to accommodate patients who are in pain, and see them as soon as possible.  If you have a dental emergency requiring immediate attention, please call our office as soon as possible. Our answering service is on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It will give you Dr. Louie's pager number if we are not in the office.  Please leave a detailed message, including your name and phone number, on the answering machine before paging Dr. Louie, as he will check your message before returning your call.