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12222 Wilshire Blvd #104
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 207-6453

Restore your smile and comfort with the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Dr. Nejat proudly serves Santa Monica and West L.A.

This innovative medical breakthrough treatment has the ability to stop gum recession and jump start the healing process. A non-surgical solution that is free from sutures and requires no scalpel, thereby reducing the risk of infection and minimizing the time required to heal.

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST) was invented and patented by Dr. John Chao, D.D.S. It involves a pinhole size needle insertion in the gum tissue. The inserted special instrument is then used to stimulate and reposition your existing gums to cover the receded portion of the tooth.

Don’t you deserve to look and feel your best? This "lunch time gum lift" provides an immediate cosmetic improvement, and delivers maximum results with minimal discomfort or post-operative symptoms (bleeding, pain, swelling, etc.).

Learn more about the Pinhole Surgical Technique

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is gum recession?

Gum recession is the loss of gum tissue along the gumline, it is also referred to as receding gums. Gum recession can be the result of the natural aging process, however, more commonly it is associated with abrasive brushing habits, grinding teeth during slumber or periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis).

Is gum recession really that serious?

The loss of gum tissue results in exposed tooth root structure, increasing the risk of tooth decay and similar problems along and below the gumline. The longer it is left unaddressed or untreated, the greater the risk is for more serious oral and medical health problems. Gum health is an essential cornerstone of lasting dental wellness and general healthy living.

What is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is an innovative and minimally invasive alternative treatment for reversing the effects of gum recession. Traditionally, receding gums are treated with oral surgery, the Pinhole technique is surgery-free: no scalpel, no suture. Dr. John Chao created a unique set of tools and techniques to gently stimulate natural gum regrowth instead of painful surgeries with often lengthy recoveries.

How is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique different from gum grafting?

The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum rejuvenation is fast, simple and surgery free! Traditional treatments for gum recession involve donor tissue or soft tissue grafts to rebuild the waning gum line, sometimes resulting in multiple cuts in the mouth. Sutures are used to hold the grafting in place and as it heals the soft tissue joins the existing gums. While this procedure is the long standing traditional approach to treating gum recession and is effective, it can be very painful and overwhelming. The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique provides comparable, lasting results with a much more pleasant experience for patients of all ages.

How is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique performed?

A small needle is inserted into the patient’s existing gum tissue to create a “pinhole” through which Dr. Chao’s proprietary PST instruments are used to gently loosen the gums. These special tools are used to gently expand the gum tissue and slide the receded gum-line over the exposed root structure. That’s it… no cuts, no grafts, no sutures, no kidding! The Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique is simply an adjustment of the patient’s existing gums and stimulates natural growth of gum tissue.

What are the benefits of the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique?
  • No scalpels, sutures or invasive surgical tools and techniques.
  • No removal of donor tissue from the patient’s palate that causes additional healing areas.
  • Patients experience less discomfort during and after treatment.
  • Recovery time is much faster and less risky than traditional grafting.
  • Restored gum-line results are very natural-looking and long-lasting.
  • Greatly improved gum and overall oral health with minimal risk or time involved.

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Meet Dr. Nejat

Dr. Hameed Nejat, D.M.D., American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Accredited Dentist

Dr. Nejat earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) in 1997 from Boston University Goldman School of Dentistry in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2000, he moved back to West LA for his postgraduate studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and started his West L.A. / Santa Monica private practice from the ground up.

Since earning his doctorate, Dr. Nejat has served on many boards for non-profit organizations and as an assistant clinical professor at UCLA, he is an accredited member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), and was bestowed the honor of America's Best Dentist in 2014 and 2015 by the National Consumer Advisory Board.

Dr. Nejat, D.M.D., is a strong believer in preventive and conservative dentistry. He works closely with his patients to create a life-long dental care plan that encourages daily attention to dental health and promotes healthy teeth and gums for his patients.

Whether you are in need of a family dentist or looking to refresh your smile with some cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Nejat is ready to help with flexible scheduling, state of the art equipment, compassionate care and a genuine desire to help patients. He is certified in many dental procedures, including Pinhole Surgical Technique, Laser Dentistry, Advance Bone Grafting, Implant Placement, Invisalign, Orthodontics and more.

Elegant Smile Dental is a full service dental office specializing in cosmetic, restorative & implant dentistry. Dr. Nejat and his friendly staff are committed to excellence and your overall health. To hear what actual patients think of Dr. Nejat, watch testimonials from Dr. Nejat's patients and read Elegant Dental reviews.

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Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday By Apointment
Thursday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday By Appointment
Sunday Closed
12222 Wilshire Blvd #104
Los Angeles, CA 90025
One block west of Bundy, free parking on site
Phone Number
(310) 207-6453
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