Daniel W.K. Kao DDS, MS, DMD, DABP

World-renowned for his compassionate, patient-friendly Educator and Clinician, Dr. Kao offers a full range of cutting-edge digital implant dentistry and advanced periodontal services.

  • Board Certified Periodontist
  • Textbook Author (Dental Implant and Periodontal Disease)
  • Surgical device Patent Holder
  • Previous Program Director of Predoctoral Periodontics, University of Pennsylvania (2008-2011)
  • Digital Dental Implant Placement Protocol Developer/Adaptor




Daniel W.K. Kao, DDS,MS,DMD


Board Certified Periodontist

Faculty / University

Harvard University University of Pennsylvania

Medical practice

Over 20 years

  • About Dr. Daniel W.K. Kao DDS,MS,DMD, DABP

    Dr. Daniel Kao is a Board Certified Periodontist, an educator who teaches in several world-renowned dental schools and also practiced dentistry since 1999.

  • 2022

    Clinical Faculty, Harvard School of Dental Medicine

  • 2014

    Clinical Assistant Professor & Dental Implantology Course Director, National YangMing University

  • 2011

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Periodontics, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

  • 2010

    Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award in Periodontics (American Academy of Periodontology)

  • 2010

    DMD, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

  • 2008

    Director of Predoctoral Periodontics, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine

  • 2008

    Post-Doctoral Periodontics Certificate and MS degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine with Director’s research award

  • 1999

    DDS,  National YangMing University School of Dental Medicine

The lead of dental implant

Dr. Daniel W.K. Kao is chief editor of the Clinical Sinus Elevation Surgery and an author for several periodontal and dental implant textbooks. He has lectured on the national and international level on implant therapy, tissue engineering approach of bone and gum regeneration, and digital dental implant workflow.


Guest Speaker:

  • Sinus Elevation Surgery from Conventional to Digital Technology, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Jan 2022

  • Same-Day Dental Implant Approach, Tufts University, Jun 2019

  • Clinical Sinus Elevation Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, July 2018

  • Cleaning efficacy of Implant surface decontamination method --- Using osteoconductive particles with air abrasion device. Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting, 2018
  • Minimally Invasive alveolar ridge splitting technique, American Academy of Periodontology 99th Annual Meeting, 2013


  • Kao, WK. Dental Isolation Device for Treating Dental Implant Infection. Taiwan Patent and US Patent pending


  • Kao DW, Fiorellini JP. Comparison of ridge expansion and ridge splitting techniques for narrow alveolar ridge in a Swine cadaver model. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2015 May-Jun;35(3):e44-9
  • Lin TH, Chen L, Cha J, Jeffcoat M, Kao DW, Nevins M, Fiorellini JP. The effect of cigarette smoking and native bone height on dental implants placed immediately in sinuses grafted by hydraulic condensation. Int J Periodontics Restorative Dent. 2012 Jun;32(3):255-61.
  • Drucker SD, Prieto LE, Kao DW. Periodontal probing calibration in an academic setting. J Dent Educ. 2012 Nov;76(11):1466-73.
  • Kao DW, Atsushi. Kubota, Myron. Nevins and Joseph P. Fiorellini. The Negative Effect of Combining rhBMP-2 and Bio-Oss on Bone Formation for Maxillary Sinus Augmentation. Int JPeriodont Rest Dent 2012 Feb 32(1):61-7
  • Kao DW, and H.DeHaven. Controlled Hydrostatic Sinus Elevation: A Novel Method of Elevating the Sinus Membrane. Implant Dentistry 2011 20(6):425-9

Editorials, Reviews, Chapters:

Book Chapters

Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology,
Chapter : Biological Aspects of Oral Implants.
Chapter : The Tooth-Supporting Structures.

Frontiers of Oral Biology,
Chapter : Regenerative Periodontal Therapy

Chief Editor of Book

Kao DW (Chief Editor): Clinical Maxillary Sinus Elevation Surgery: Wiley Blackwell

The lead of dental implant

Dr.Kao does what he says and says what he believes. Over the last 20 years, he has developed and adopted digital dental implant workflow for his patients.


Case Gallery

Severe Gum Disease : need dental implant?


Recession Treatment, Prevent future breakdown

Gum Recessing Treatment

3-week PO

Digital Technology for Dental Implant

Digital work-flow of Dental Implant

Digital Technology for Dental Implant

One day dental implant available, minimally invasive, faster healing, Less trauma, less dental visit

Digital Dental Implant

Tooth in a Day Concept

One day Dental Implant