The Dental Touch in Oakland, CA with Reviews -
By: ampeqw
The Dental Touch
I was so impressed with my visit today! I've been a patient here for about 3 years now and really only needed regular cleanings and a few cavities filled, but I recently was experiencing pain in my gum. I figured it was a stuck popcorn kernel but when I went in to get it checked out I still felt nervous and apprehensive that the dentist wouldn't be able to help me or that it would end up being expensive. 20 minutes later I left smiling from ear to ear and telling everyone about how this was the best dentist visit I'd ever had. I loved how quick and efficient my dentist was and how she explained everything that she was doing. I had called that morning asking for the earliest appointment possible due to the pain, thinking they'd maybe fit me in if I was lucky in a few days, and had an appointment scheduled for three hours later. This will remain my dentist for as long as we live here and I am definitely sharing it will all of my friends!
By: kaylasa71
The Dental Touch
I never found the treatment rooms to be anything but acceptably clean. Yes, the offices were becoming very worn and tired, but for a reason. Piedmont Ave is a protected historic district and it has taken many years for Dr. Prat to receive approval to renovate from the committee. As a business person I can understand why Dr. Prat would make do as long as possible. It's disingenuous to complain about prices and expect him to spend money on carpets that are to be removed. Had you bothered to ask he would have cheerfully explained his plans to upgrade and expand. Even so, The Dental Touch has been digital for a number of years and was not lacking in state of the art equipment or treatment options. It is completely up-to-date esthetically now as well.
By: Thomas S.
The Dental Touch
Beautiful office and very nice staff! Everyone was very professional, yet personable. I called randomly as a new patient for a wisdom tooth extraction, and I was seen and treated that same day! I felt reassured during the procedure and had a surprisingly low pain recovery. With the insurance plan I had I found them totally reasonably priced, and even though my procedure ended up being slightly more than they had originally quoted they honored the original estimate rather than increasing the price. I plan on returning regularly for my dental checkups!
By: pabloo347
The Dental Touch
Had an emergency and immediately they were able to squeeze me in. The receptionist was awesome and helped expedite things by pre-verifying my insurance before my appointment. She was able to tell me my co-payment accurately so that was there was no surprises when i left the office. I love that they were chart-less and the x-rays are digital. they definitely need to remodel the place, but I believe that is in the works. Other than that, the staff had great hospitality and solved my problem painlessly.
By: joshua1234557
The Dental Touch
I was not able to go to a dentist in over 3 years, my husband and I saw Dr. Prat recently and he was able to ease us back into treatment. He has some high tech camera and digital x-rays that allows you to see what work we needed. His dental assistant did not speak much but had a gentle touch and a pleasant smile. Overall an excellent professional experience. Considering that he is undergoing some remodeling, Dr Prat and his staff where worth while to go to.
By: barryy863
The Dental Touch
I've been treated by four different dentists at the Dental Touch, and they have all been very competent and thorough. They take time to show me photos of my teeth and explain what's going on, which I appreciate. Dr. Pratt recently did an excellent job of putting a crown on one of my teeth. It looks and feels great! He also took the trouble to show me how to floss properly, which no one has ever really done before.
By: David D.
The Dental Touch
You folks are really great. The staff at the Dental Touch makes me feel really comfortable. The Doctor is great and my procedure was virtually painless. And whatever passion I did experience was minimal and to be expected. My son will be seen at your office, as well as him Mom. And if anyone asks me if I know l of a good dentist, I won't hesitate to give them a road map.
By: helisabeth584
The Dental Touch
I have been a patient at the Dental Touch since 1998 and haven't had any issues. Dr. Prat has always presented me with detailed printed treatment plan and costs and explained in detail what was required and options. I originally went to The Dental Touch as it was in my PPO network and nearby my workplace.
By: Betty Y.
The Dental Touch
I've been going here for the past two years, and for someone who has dental anxiety, they've been really good to me. They take their time, explain everything, and plus I get to watch movies. I really like the staff too. They always have a smile on their faces. Looking forward to my six month check up. : )
By: ericeric13409
The Dental Touch
The new treatment suites are state of the art, calming and very nicely appointed for patient comfort. Dr. Prat choose an open suite floor plan rather than closed rooms which I like as it's very airy and light. All you need do is ask for a private consultation and you will be accommodated.
Tips & Advices
  • If a tooth decays and the nerves or pulp (soft internal tissue which helps teeth develop) become inflamed or infected
  • If a tooth is cracked or broken and nerves are exposed
This generally depends on any specific issues you wish to address with your teeth. There are toothpastes designed to whiten teeth, fight cavities, decrease sensitivity, prevent bad breath, resist gingivitis, and those specific to children (with lower fluoride content). There are also toothpastes that offer “complete” protection by combining aspects of many of the above toothpastes.
It’s recommended to get a professional cleaning at least two times per year.
  • Desensitizing toothpaste numbs the nerves in the teeth that can cause discomfort.
  • Mouth guard can protect against grinding teeth during sleep.
  • Fluoride treatment can be applied by dentists to sensitive areas to numb teeth and strengthen enamel.
  • Root canal can treat problems in a tooth’s core.
  • Surgical gum graft where a piece of gum tissue is removed from a section of the mouth to cover an exposed root.
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth removed, but there are certain signs that can help you and your doctor determine if yours should be:
  • Wisdom teeth are pushing other teeth around, causing pain and misalignment
  • Cysts form around newly emerged wisdom teeth, causing jaw damage
  • Gums get inflamed and swollen, causing cavities and pain
  • Doctor determine from x-rays that wisdom teeth will cause problems in the near future

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