Lloyd P. Nattkemper, D.D.S., Inc.
Periodontics - Periodontal Microsurgery - Dental Implantology
If you've been referred to us, or are looking for a periodontist, be assured every member of my team and I are dedicated to providing the finest care you can receive. Our office is warm, friendly, and each of us strive to create a positive experience for every patient. I've devoted my career to providing my patients conservative, predictable, cutting-edge treatment that comfortably restores health, function and form. Folks who have a localized problem or generalized issues throughout their mouth receive the same attention to detail and precision in their care. I feel one of the most important services I provide is development of treatment plans tailored specifically for each individual--taking into account one's expectations, needs, age, pocketbook, life experiences and time available for care.
Some of the treatment we provide includes LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure), Dermal matrix grafting, connective tissue grafting, the Chao Pinhole Surgical technique, non-surgical therapy, the use of growth factors, Platelet-Rich Fibrin and guided tissue regeneration for rebuilding lost tissues in order to improve your appearance and allow ideal dental implant placement. I have extensive experience in placement of dental implants including esthetically demanding situations (for instance--replacing upper front teeth!) I also have over 20 years' experience in microsurgical "periodontal plastic surgical" procedures which can enhance your health and appearance. In fact, I was one of the first periodontists in this country to perform these procedures using an operating microscope (one of the first four in California). This microsurgical background has provided a solid foundation of skills for many other procedures, particularly in creating bone and soft tissue support, including sinus augmentation, for dental implants, previously diseased natural teeth, and areas helping to support bridges and partials. Through the course of my residencies (at the West Los Angeles Veteran's Administration Hospital and UCLA School of Dentistry) I received superb training in diagnosis and treatment of oral pathology. I work closely with the oral pathology faculty at the University of California at San Francisco, my alma mater, in situations involving soft and hard tissue changes in the mouth.
While you're in our office, look around. Jeff Nixon, a local photographer who worked with Ansel Adams for many years in Yosemite and here on the central coast, provided a beautiful gallery of his work for our patients to enjoy.
We're in the process of also including several of my own photographs on our walls--no they're not of teeth!!--of the American West.
We believe that our patients' comfort—and their involvement in choosing treatment that is appropriate and in keeping with their “comfort level”—is critical. Our mission is to treat every patient as if they were family members or friends, and select treatment options we ourselves would have.
We work closely as a team with your referring dentist. However, if you don't have a dentist, you are welcome in our office -- for evaluation of any concern, for a great cleaning, a "second opinion", for a specific procedure. More and more over the years, our patients, and friends of patients, refer patients to us. We love that!!
I am extraordinarily proud of my team, truly the finest staff I have had the pleasure of working with in my career-- composed of caring and dedicated professionals:
Lyndal, our office manager, has devoted her career to dentistry. She has degrees in dental assisting and dental radiology (so is familiar with every aspect of the "back" office) and has worked in administrative & managerial roles in dental offices for over 20 years. She is sharp, professional, amazing at multitasking, and is also one of the kindest and most caring individuals I have encountered in any dental front office. Lyndal reviews treatment plans with our patients and schedules care, handles insurance billing along with Kim, our office administrator, and also oversees multiple details involved in coordinating complex treatment between your dentist and our office.
Kim, our office administrator, also brings with her extensive experience in dentistry, also starting with dental assisting. Kim has worked in dental specialty offices throughout her career, and while periodontics means learning new things, she has applied her skills both effectively and efficiently in facilitating every aspect of our business needs. Kim works closely with Lyndal in appointment scheduling, billing, inter-office communication, and with other staff members in assuring every detail receives attention. She is fun, adores working with people and somehow makes even the busiest days a kick for all of us.
Debbie and Heidi, our hygienists, have worked excusively in the periodontal field throughout their careers. Debbie has worked for me since she completed her hygiene training eleven years ago. She is a Monterey Peninsula local, and worked as a dental assistant and office manager here before she did her hygiene training. Heidi has joined our practice recently. Heidi served a number of years as a platoon sergeant (dental) in the US Army before entering hygiene school. She served as her class president during her hygiene training and is continuing, currently, at UC San Francisco to obtain a Master's Degree in Dental Hygiene. In addition, Debbie and Heidi regularly receive training in advanced root instrumentation and soft tissue management, and are highly skilled at providing expert care remarkably comfortably. Both ladies are graduates of the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene Program, where I've been on faculty as a clinical instructor since 1995--that is, they were my students before starting in our practice!
Kellye, our lead surgical assistant, has trained with me since shortly after completing her assisting training at Monterey Peninsula College. Kellye's skills, professional and kind demeanor make for a gentle, totally comfortable experience, every time you are in our office. She is fun, thoughtful, highly skilled and an absolute pleasure to work with.
Michelle takes care of a multitude of "behind the scenes" office activities. and divides her time working with Kellye and me, Debbie and Heidi, as well as helping Lyndal and Kim. Michelle is in charge of all of our correspondence with other offices--this is a huge task and vital to coordinating care. She is also assisting on more and more procedures with me, working with Kellye. Michelle also has a military background--serving in the US Air Force as an intelligence officer, and has earned degrees here in Monterey at both DLI and MIIS.
Araceli has recently joined our staff, to help with dental assisting when Kellye is at Cabrillo College taking classes. She has several years' experience in dental assisting, and like Kellye is professional, gentle and kind.
All of us take time to listen to your concerns and needs, to educate and explain in English (!) your condition, options of treatment we recommend, and at all times are available to help and address concerns.
Please spend a few minutes and "look around" our website. We are committed to creating a relaxed environment in our office and to taking exceptional care of our patients. Our goals: providing you a totally comfortable, positive and completely professional experience from the moment you walk in our door, educating you in a manner that is easily understandable so treatment decisions are clear and comfortable, providing treatment that is totally modern, predictable, delicate, caring and, yup, comfortable. And beyond that, providing ongoing maintenance care (YES, we do regular cleanings!) that is thorough, patient-specific, and effective--helping you maintain your teeth for your lifetime!
Some of the services we provide include:
- Periodontal Treatment--Surgical and Nonsurgical
- Regenerative Periodontal Technologies
- Diagnostic Services Coordinated With Your Dentist
- Exceptional, Personable Dental Hygiene Care
- Periodontal "Plastic Surgery" (Periodontal Microsurgery)
- Dental Implant Placement and Initial Restoration
- Dental Implant Site Development, Including
- Ridge Augmentation and Sinus Elevation
- Periodontal Laser Therapy (LANAP)
- Occlusal (Bite) Therapy
- Conscious Sedation
- ONSET Pain-Free Dental Anesthesia
- Patient Education and Involvement--
- YOU Become The Most Important Part Of Our Team!
What is a Dental Implant? And What is this LASER stuff about?
A dental implant is a small titanium screw or post, usually about the same size as a tooth root, that serves as the replacemet for the root portion of a missing tooth. Dental implants are stable and comfortable. No adjustment is needed after placement. Normally it will serve its owner for life. Anyone who is missing one or more teeth due to injury, disease, or tooth decay, may be a candidate for dental implants. Learn more about Implants!
Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP) is a revolutionary method of treating periodontal disease, that in most cases is less expensive, faster, far more comfortable and as effective as traditional periodontal therapy. Click on this link for a brief summary:
And, for more information about my unique approach to periodontal laser therapy (as in, PERFORMED WITH THE OPERATING MICROSCOPE, AND PRECISE, PATIENT - SPECIFIC TREATMENT PLANNING AND FOLLOW-THROUGH), go to "Procedures---Periodontics--Laser Periodontal Therapy" here in our website!
Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing toally current and case-specific information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs. This website is a resource we hope you’ll find useful, interesting and fun!
We genuinely hope this site is helpful to you in learning more about our practice, periodontal and other conditions and treatments, my recommendations and more.
Please browse through our website and be sure to contact us if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. You may also use our online appointment request form to schedule your appointment.
Lloyd P. Nattkemper, D.D.S., Inc.
880 Cass Street, Suite 208,
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: (831) 649-3661
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