John Chao Dentistry
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John Chao Dentistry
John C. Chao, DDS, MAGD
Alhambra, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Gum lift

Plastic gum surgery

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? No


Monday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Howard S. from Tucson, AZ (Source: Yelp)


Dr. John Chao is a brilliant clinician and an outstanding instructor. I recently attended his 2-day hands-on training course to learn the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST). This simple technique that Dr. Chao invented provides instant aesthetic improvement for those with receding gum tissue. I have had great success performing he Pinhole® Surgical Technique at my dental practice, and I highly recommend attending the 2-day hands-on training courses offered by Dr. Chao at the Pinhole Academy in Alhambra, CA.

Freddy G. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chao’s dental office is great place to get work on your teeth whether it be root canals, crowning, cleaning, etc., Chao and co. are friendly, professional and are extremely committed to their patients dental health. Never have I felt so welcomed in a dental office til I came to Dr Chaos’s office. They have the most awesome staff and receptionist there to help you in whatever questions you may have and provide the answers you need. So come on down to Dr Chao’s dental office, you won’t regret it! Also….Shout out to Dr. Chao, Joy and co. and my designated dentist. 😀.

Jeffrey B. from Mid-City, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chao saved my life! I had just moved to Los Angeles and had the good fortune of finding the greatest dentist in the country. I was going to the same dentist for 15 years; he was practicing 20th century dentistry. Welcome to the 21st century. Dr. Chao has the equipment that diagnosed an illness that even a periodontist who performed surgery on me didn’t. He treated me and now I feel alive again. Thank you Dr. Chao!

Randy G. from Montebello, CA (Source: Yelp)


all of the years of pain and bleeding with my teeth and then i met master dentist dr. john c. chao. i saw him being interviewed on a cable channel and from what i herd i knew he was the dentist , the one who would save my teeth and stop the pain and bleeding. he and his staff are super professional and i love it every time i go there. when i showed my insurance dentist my teeth his only answere to my problem was to extract 14 of my teeth. when i showed dr. chao the paper work he replied noooo wayyyy. your money is well spent here at his office in alhambra ca. and ive used their no intrest plans credit for many months with care credit or their no intrest plan with citi groupe. so ladies and gentelmen before you finance anything else please take care any problem you may have with youre teeth and jump on board with the many many patients that came for help and recieved the best professional help on earth. oh ,,, i must say with doctor chao you will never feel any pain durring procedure or even after !!!! please people. i grew up in dental chairs and it was very painful. i was very honest with dr. chao and told him when i first met him that i was very scared. he told me not to worry and he was being very honest with me !!!!! stop pain now-see dr chao-he-knows how !!!!  so happy i didn’t let the union dentist pull 14 of my teeth. i would have to walk around looking like a grand piano. dr. john c. chao saved my teeth !!!!!! please ,,, let him save yours !!!!!.

Dino Perugino (Source: Google)


I’ve been a patient of Dr Chao’s for several years now. He takes great pride in caring for my teeth as if they were his own. One time I had a tooth ache, it was at the end of the week, however I didn’t want to call & bother him so I waited till Monday. Needless to say by waiting my tooth was infected & painful. When he seen me, he literally scolded me for not calling & instructed me if this should ever occur again I should call him NO MATTER what time or day it is….at this point I realized & really felt how compassionate & dedicated Dr Chao is not only to his profession but to his patients. ALL my experiences with Dr Chao have always been & I know will always be positive. I highly recommend him for your dental needs. A BIG THANK YOU….Dr Chao…you have given me my smile back !!

Matt D. from Pasadena, CA (Source: Yelp)


I can’t quite figure out why the reviews are so bad. They all seem related to pricing, which I can not speak to in my review, but it’s hard to see how that could cause so many 1 star reviews. This was my first time coming, upon the recommendation of a good friend and coworker who had the pinhole gum procedure done (which Dr. Chao invented!). All of the staff were extremely helpful from the minute I walked in. One of the doctors even stopped what she was doing to ask me if I needed help with my paperwork and answered a few of my questions. As I waited in the lobby area, I witnessed them take in 3-4 of their regulars as if they were family. The staff greeted them all by name and chatted with them the same way as one would with a friend they hadn’t seen in a few months. The patients seemed just as happy and relaxed to be there. I went in for a consultation for my recessing gums and to ask about his pinhole procedure. Dr. Chao was very friendly and explained to me what he thought of my gum situation. There was absolutely no feelings of being pressured into any procedures. He actually advised me that I may not need anything done at all and gave me recommendations for making sure it doesn’t get to the point where I may need surgery! Again, not quite sure about the other reviews. All in all it was a pleasant experience and everyone was very professional and friendly. They even gave me hi-res print outs of my teeth and gums to take with me. I’ll do everything I can to keep my dental hygiene top notch but if for some reason I do end up needing work, I have a good idea where to make my first stop.

Mary Jane A. from Alhambra, CA (Source: Yelp)


I like Dr. Chao and his staff. Great atmosphere, great attention to detail, very helpful and respectful staff. I had Cleaning done by Gia, the hygienist, and she was great. Very helpful and nice. Pinhole Surgical Technique is truly a great invention in dentistry vs. gum graft, it’s almost painless and has no sutures, no scalpel. It’s truly incredible technique. Dr Chao himself is very attentive and makes sure his staff is up to golden standard. This dental office is definitely my favorite. I have incredible fear of dentists, but Dr Chao is great. I will definitely advice my friends to come here, and will come back here myself.

Anonymous (Source: Google)


From my most recent experience (2 days ago) back to many years ago with my first appointment with Dr. Chao, both he and his staff have always made me feel like I am the most important patient there. If his staff sees me nervous they will talk with me and try to get my mind off of whatever procedure is coming. If Dr. Chao sees me nervous he is very calming and explains everything he is going to do so there are no surprises. He does everything possible to make every procedure as painless as possible! Dr. Chao has a special technique for giving shots which are virtually painless (you feel a tiny poke, that’s it!), which makes a BIG impact on not being as afraid as I was growing up with dental procedures. I wish I had him as a dentist when I was growing up. My teeth and health have improved since I’ve been going to him for all my dental care. Thank you Dr. Chao and staff!

Kevin B. from Alhambra, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chao is no ordinary dentist. I’ve been to many places but this practice has a clean up to date machinery and very nice professional staff.  I’m bit confused to all these other reviews I’ve read about this place. The pricing might be a bit pricey to some people but my believes are “You get what you pay for” I’ve been to dentists that charge cheaper but I was never satisfied with the end result. Quality work does cost more and thats just a given fact. Pinhole surgical technique was completely painless, as well as other services I’ve done. I think I’ll defiantly stick to Dr. Chao as my personal dentist. I would defiantly recommend this office to anyone.

Bernie Q. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient since 2009, and have remained even when I was unemployed because Dr. Chao has always worked with me when it came to payments and offering a plan to continue my dental upkeep. I think this clinic is very professional and have always been honest with me. I been to cheaper dentist clinics and trust me, I am now paying the price for having have done so. Again, you get what you pay for, and one thing I don’t mess with is my health. That is my priority!

Katie Cutler-Delgado (Source: Google)


This is the greatest dentist I have ever been to. I had a fear of going to the dentist since I was a kid,so I avoided going.Dr. Chao changed my mind,everything advertised is so true! No pain or fear,the staff is the best,they all set you at ease and are friendly. Dr. Chao really knows what you need to do to help save your teeth,most other dentist I have gone to just want to pull your teeth.Dr.Chao has helped me to save my front teeth! Now I love going,I recently had a deep cleaning and I was so relaxed that I fell asleep. Worth ever penny, Dr. Chao is my dentist for life.
They deserve 10 stars!

Paty R. from Signal Hill, CA (Source: Yelp)


All of the front desk is so professional; I have never been into a doctor’s office where the staff was kinda and professional. They always have a smile. The lady walked me through the office and explained what goes on in the office and helped prepare me for the surgery (PST). The procedure was thoroughly explained. I was very afraid of the dentist before but after I met Dr. Chao, I am not afraid anymore. The surgery was pain free and after the surgery, I thought i was going to have a lot of pain but when the anesthesia wore off, the pain was minimum, almost none. I saw results immediately! I could see that all my gums were covered compared to as before. I am so happy that I watched the Channel 7 news and saw him on there. Since 3 months ago, I was ready to do the traditional grafting method surgery where they cut my gums. Now, one week after the Pinhole Surgical Technique surgery, I’m not swollen and I look healed. i can eat and drink anything and even sing! Thank God I didn’t do the old-fashioned procedure!

Clifford B. from Santa Monica, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient of Dr. John Chao’s for three years now and have never failed to get good service from him and his team of hygienists. He’s seen me on short notice and with no notice at all–like the time that I broke off a molar at the gum line recently and he stayed there late until I could make it to his office through rush hour traffic from Santa Monica where I live to his office in Alhambra. He’s also managed to save six of my teeth using a unique anchoring procedure which stabilized them (four of which a local dentist here on the West side had been urging me to get pulled). It’s hard to convey with words how grateful I am for his guidance and expertise. He has a patented, pain free method for reversing gum recession which takes less than 45 minutes to perform, which doesn’t involve multiple incisions in the palate or other parts of the oral cavity thus reducing post-surgical swelling, discomfort and convalescence. I had this “pinhole” surgery performed in the upper left hand quadrant of my mouth a couple of months ago and it’s greatly reduced my sensitivity to temperature extremes since then. I’m so pleased with the results that I’m contemplating another pinhole procedure–this time in the lower left quadrant of my mouth–in the weeks ahead…. I could  go on but it’s fair to say that I’ve had very solid experiences with Dr. Chao and his staff and would not hesitate to recommend him to my friends and their children for their dental AND orthodontic needs since he excels at both! Most Sincerely, Clifford. Sta. Monica.

Kristopher Flowers (Source: Google)


I had the pinhole surgery for my receding gums, very pleased with the results. Especially after talking to my brother who had the “old fashion” version surgery which sounded like a nightmare. I continued to see Dr Chao for regular checkups and cleanings, despite his office being quite some drive from my place. He and his staff are great. Maybe if you’re looking for a basic economy style dentist he is not ideal. I’m not saying he is HIGH priced; he worked with me on pricing a few times in the past; and he really does not try to oversell procedures like some other dentists. But overall he’s great.

Robert R. from Alhambra, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have had great experiences here at this dentist with Dr. Chao and his staff.  The staff are very courteous and helpful and knowledgeable. From my experiences over the years with various orthodontists’, I feel that Dr. Chao has been the best for me.  Specifically his expertise and background are amazing!!  He takes care of your dental issues and usually take care of other very small issues that he sees at no costs.  I don’t know any orthodontist that has ever done that for me.  Yes depending on certain treatments, of course prices will fluctuate on the procedure to be done, however I feel more confident in his expertise and especially with his pin hole invention which I most likely will be having possibly within the next few months.  I will be coming here for all of my dental needs.  I would recommend this dentist for future patients who are looking for an orthodontist.

Debbie B. from West Covina, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Chao has been a life saver to me. I didn’t see a dentist for almost  15 years. I had so many problems since childhood. I had very painful procedures and refused to go back to see a dentist. My previous dentist was also my uncle. I was so very afraid to see another dentist. But when I broke a front tooth I knew I had to do something. I found his article in the San Gabriel Magazine. The article read pain free dentistry.  I didn’t believe what I read but took a chance anyways. So I called. Went to see him the next day and have been going ever since. He is so understanding and his advertising was very accurate. I had very little discomfort. Since then I have had a lot of work done and still going. He explains everything for even me to understand. He is also so very meticulous with his work. If I only could afford to get all my teeth done at once I would. But for now I am getting little by little done. He is so very patient with me. I can’t say his prices are reasonable because they aren’t. But like my husband says, at least you are going to the dentist. So for us, its worth it. He gets a big thumbs up from me.

Robert G. from Corona, CA (Source: Yelp)


My experience with Dr John Chao was very satisfying. My friend, Mary, advised me to go to dr Chao for my gum recession, since my periodontist told me that i have to get a gum graft, which is very painful to my knowledge. I was not very much in a hurry to get it done, but since teeth sensitivity was bothering me a lot, i figured that i needed to take care of this issue. Mary said that Dr Chao invented a new Pinhole Surgical Technique that does not require cutting or sutures. So i visited his office in Alhambra and i must say, he is first of all a great honest person, and second of all he is a great dentist. I didn’t have to wait in a waiting room for too long, staff were very helpful. Price of the procedure is affordable and can be done in one day, so i can go back to work. I am glad i found this dentist that really cares about what he does.

Ronald Burris (Source: Google)


I had the pinhole surgery for my receding gums, very pleased with the results. Especially after talking to my brother who had the “old fashion” version surgery which sounded like a nightmare. I continued to see Dr Chao for regular checkups and cleanings, despite his office being quite some drive from my place. He and his staff are great. Maybe if you’re looking for a basic economy style dentist he is not ideal. I’m not saying he is HIGH priced; he worked with me on pricing a few times in the past; and he really does not try to oversell procedures like some other dentists. But overall he’s great.

Efren Moreno Jr. (Source: Google)


Dr. Chao is a great dentist! When a lingering dental issue couldn’t be resolved with my regular dentist, my girlfriend recommended Dr. Chao. Fortunately, he is very knowledgeable and knew what needed to be done to take care of my dental issue. The office is equipped with the latest technological equipment, which he used to help make the correct diagnoses. His staff is very friendly and professional. If you are looking for a top quality dentist, Dr John Chao is the right choice.

Joanne E. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


My experience at Dr. Chao”s Office was unexpected from day one.  My spouse discovered him while tuning into his radio show via USC.  Over the course of several years, & multiple procedures, my respect for his skill level, professionalism, humanitarianism, tenacity & work ethic never wavered.  This office appears to be well-managed & staff members which include receptionists, hygienists, & support technicians are pleasant, thoughtful, & they work cohesively. Every procedure was thoroughly explained & I never felt any trepidation or need to seek a second opinion.  I was relieved to receive service with minimal discomfort, “pinch free”, injections & reasonable care in a timely manner.I had literally “lost my smile.”  However, due to Dr. Chao’s aversion to silver fillings (health risk) & expertise with dental bonding, reconstructive surgery & veneers, I now feel confident but mostly grateful.  If you desire a great dentist with a warm demeanor & a commitment to cutting edge dental technology, make an appointment soon!  By the way, Dr. Chao ENJOYS apple pie.

Michelle J. from Altadena, CA (Source: Yelp)


If you have a serious dental problem and it is getting progressively worse, because of fear and maybe even a litttle embarrassment, then you need to come to Dr. Chao’s office.  I came to his offfice with a mouth full of problems that had gotten so out of control that my health was at risk, not to mention that I couldn’t chew on either side of my mouth.  If I would have known about this doctor, I would have addressed  these pressing  issues much earlier and could have avoided a lot of unnecessary tribulation.   I wouldn’t of had to worry about being terrified or ashamed of exposing my lack of personal dental care, because Dr. Chao and his entire staff (ENTIRE STAFF!!!) are compassionate welcoming, disarming and extremely  knowledgeable.  Trust me!!   You’ll be glad you did.  –Or don’t trust me come and see for yourself.  I have been to this office several times and each time it feels like I’m going to visit my child hood friends.

John N. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I feel it is of the utmost importance for me to write this review of Dr. Chao. My fear of the dentist caused me to suffer for years. I could not take the pain anymore! And I was so ashamed of my smile. Dr. Chao has rid me of my fear of the dentist. And I have zero pain now. I know this might be hard to believe, But, I tell you honestly! Dr Chao is a pain free dentist. And he is one of the nicest, caring persons I have ever met! His priorities have always been my health and well being. Not money. When you meet him you will quickly feel and realize what a dedicated man he is to his practice. He is genuine and has state of the art equipment. And his staff is so knowledgeable  and supportive. My teeth were so bad, and I had so much infection. I honestly believe he saved my life! I am so grateful to him and his staff. Google his name and get a glimpse of what a great man he is in his practice.

Ronald Burris (Source: Google)


I had the pinhole surgery done and I am very pleased with the results. The care and detail Dr. Chao and his staff provided was excellent. Dr. Chao took the time to made sure that I prepared my gums for the surgery and made certain the recovery was progressing as expected. I had the graft surgery done before so I had something to compare it to. The recovery was much shorter and results are fantastic! From this experience I feel Dr. Chao has given me the knowledge how to take care of my teeth and gums going forward as well. He is the pinhole gum surgery expert and takes pride in refining his craft.

Katie D. from Monterey Park, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been seeing Dr. Chao for a few years and he has been doing really great work on my teeth–he has been working on my gums to help them be more healthy, and saving them!!!  I originally started seeing Dr. Chao because of my loose teeth and the other dentists I was seeing  were recommending extractions for the loose teeth as well as the teeth surrounding the loose teeth.  I cried and cried when I was told I needed to loose teeth and wanted to see if there were any other options.  I read one of Dr. Chao’s ads regarding saving loose teeth and felt it applied to my situation directly.  I called and the office and scheduled an appointment, and here I am years later, with all my teeth still in my mouth, very happy with the services I received.  I really appreciate all the staff and the fact that I’m never nervous or scared to come to the office.  I use to be really afraid to come to the dentist, but now I fall asleep (on my own) while they are working on my teeth, and I don’t need Atavan anymore like I use to.  Everyone is very professional. I appreciate that Dr. Chao has taken the time to work with me in making my treatment affordable for my situation.  Money doesn’t grow on trees and their office is very willing to work with me and others on their various situations.  I appreciate that greatly.  DEFINTIELY WORTH IT!!

Kristi J. from Mountain View, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have had an exceptionally positive experience with Dr. Chao  and his staff from my first office visit to the final follow up.  Dr. Chao and his staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and professional.  I had receding gums and discovered on the web Dr. Chao’s pinhole technique which he pioneered/invented over 10 years ago. Dr. Chao explained the procedure thoroughly and informed me of what to expect for the results.  The pricing was explained to me in advance, so there were no surprises.  All follow up visits and incidentals (such as mouth guard, mouth trays, ice packs, etc.) were included in the pricing.  I would highly recommend Dr. Chao’s practice for repair of gum recession.  I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Chao and his team!

Darwin M. from Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was referred to this dental office by a family friend, due to my recent move to the area I decided to give this office a try, like every new place I decide to go to, I like to look at past reviews, I was not to pleased with some of what I read, though some reviews were pleasant. Luckily for me I have great trust in my long time friend who informed me that she has been a patient of Dr.Chao for many years, So I decided to schedule an appointment. I’m so glad I did!!! From the very friendly phone call to schedule my appointment at a convenient time, to meeting Dr. Chao, who was very reassuring to my dental concerns. Sarah the hygienist who cleaned my teeth was very gentle and informative. I am happy to say, my home care will improve from my dental visit to Dr. Chao’s office. Overall I am very happy with my experience in the dental clinic, with such a great staff, I am happy I scheduled my appointment and looking forward to my next scheduled visit. Thank you Dr. Chao and staff.

Casey M. from Los Angeles, CA (Source: Yelp)


In my personal experience, Dr. Chao and all of his staff are pretty amazing. I’ve never been to a friendlier office. They talk with you as friends, and provide what I feel is genuinely great and careful dental work, from the regular cleanings to the more advanced procedures like the pinhole gum surgery, which I’ve had twice on my upper and lower teeth. With the careful maintenance they outline I haven’t had any issues with the procedure. The office never feels overcrowded or overbooked. While it’s true there are likely more inexpensive practices out there, I feel the most comfortable and confident here by far.

Sarah K. from La Canada Flintridge, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a patient ofDr. Chao’s for years and I can’t stop bragging about the services I have received there.  I have been to many offices prior to this one and I am very impressed with everything!!  Dr. Chao and his staff are always upfront with me and what my variety of options are for services.  They let me decide what service i want!!!!  They explain very thoroughly all cost options and treatment options to me so that I am able to make the best informed decision on my own.  I recently had a relative have the Pinhole Surgical Technique done and it was soo extremely impressive.  He had no swelling after AT ALL and never once had discomfort.  He had received many quotes prior to his treatment for gum grafting from other doctors and we are both so glad he chose to go with Dr. CHAO and his staff.  The results are excellent!!  And the cost was definitely worth every penny of it!! I highly recommend this office to anyone and everyone.

Ruth R. from Yorba Linda, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been a long time patient of John Chao D.D.S. In fact, I have been his patient for 25 or more years, along with all members of my family.  Throughout these years I have received thorough and careful treatment in all aspects of my dental as well as my general health.  When I come to the office the first thing done is the hygienist’s taking of my blood pressure, then careful and meticulous care of my teeth.  I just came in for a check up to my earlier cleaning and gum treatment three weeks ago.  Even so, the hygienist today re-cleaned areas of my mouth.  Dr. John has a comprehensive approach to dental care and referred me for sinus care and my children for orthodontics.    Most people would dread a dental visit to any dentist, but for me coming to Dr. Chao’s office actually relaxes me.  During my visits, I have dozed off while getting my teeth cleaned.  I feel confident that under Dr. Chao’s care I will maintain my teeth more than healthily.  Dr. Chao has the state-of-the-art equipment and computerized information that appear on the screen viewable to the patient from the dental chair. Moreover, his staff members are courteous and caring as well. Not once has any of his staff pressured for payments.  In fact, his front desk staff go out of their way to accomodate to what our dental plans afford and what we can work with.  Our dental health has been the priority for Dr. Chao and his staff.    I believe Dr. Chao provides the best dental care in his personal approach to his patients, in his comprehensive care for each patient, and in the courtesy and  skill of his highly trained assistants.

Veny Zorrilla (Source: Google)


I’ve had gum disease since the age of 13 due to the oldschool wrap-around metal braces and had to have my gums scraped at age 14 to get rid of the infected gum tissue and ever since that horrible experience I’ve never wanted to go through any attempt to fully treat my gum disease and severe gum recession. So it took 30 years and 3000 miles (being from Miami Beach) later to find Dr. Chao and I have to say he totally lived up to his reputation with the pinhole technique which he created and the pain-free procedure to repair my gums. I had the pinhole procedure done to the entire top gums which Dr. Chao completed in under an hour and it truly is an unbelievable outcome to see the recession completely eliminated and my gums back to where they should have been all along. The entire staff at this office are really great, friendly and extremely helpful through every step of the process. Dr. Chao is the “Real Deal”.

Joe F. from Torrance, CA (Source: Yelp)


I found Dr. Chao on google for a gum treatment technique he invented so I decided to visit his office for consultation.  I never expected to be treated and cared for with such genuine care, comprehensive treatment plan with the latest technology, and a friendly patient, supportive staff.   I have gone there 3 times now for a variety of deep cleaning and recommended repair and maintenance program, and never have I ever look forward to seeing my dentist until now. Dr. Chao’s office is my go to dentist now even though it takes me at least an hour drive each way to see him, Gia, and Peggy.  I highly recommend his services especially for people who are in great need of a comprehensive oral care program. From my initial phone conversation with April, who is always so friendly, patient, and happy to answer all of my questions, to Salima (sp?) who patiently explained the procedures to me even if I keep asking the same questions three different ways, to Joy, who is great at scheduling me
and accommodating my work schedule and working with my dental insurance timely to get reimbursement, and the two awesome hygienists Gia and Peggy who are so thorough and meticulous and yet comforting, and for educating me with proper oral care, all with a friendly smile. I am so happy to come to Dr. Chao’s office even though getting there is tough with heavy traffic.  If you want first class oral care, please go see Dr. Chao.  Some of the procedures are not cheap but they are well worth it.

Brian O. from Yorba Linda, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was referred to Dr. Chao for the pinhole procedure by my dentist. Let me start by saying I do not care for most dentists. For the past few years every one I saw was like a used car salesman telling me I need something and it was not covered by insurance. So when I went in to see Dr. Chao my guard was up. The staff was AMAZING! They were very nice and helpful. When Dr. Chao came in he educated me about his procedure and gave me all the facts. There was no hard sell or pressure to get it done. When I decided to go thought the procedure the staff (Joy) worked with my insurance and saved me a lot of money. (Thank you) Fast forward one year and I could not be happier. My gums look better than I could have ever thought. I live in OC and it was well worth the hour plus drive to have it all done. I only wish I live closer Dr. Chao would be my full time dentist.

Paul Lee (Source: Facebook)


Such a great dental office! Everyone is extremely friendly and kind, very patient, even with my onslaught of dumb questions. I am also quite cheap/frugal and indecisive, the worst kind of patient. Joy and Dr. Chao really extended their help by helping me figuring out my priorities, so I can tackle the nightmare in my mouth one step at a time without me having to sell an organ to pay for everything. Danielle is just amazing, best dental hygienist ever. Overall: Yes, they are a little on the pricier side, but if you are looking for a place that is focused on your health and wellbeing to provide the best care – look no further.

SJ. Ogi (Source: Google)


Where have you been all my life? I have spent more than what I can afford for my mouth PRIOR to coming to this doctor because of my issues and now I am finding out for the 1st time in my life, I had choices that no other dentist dare to disclose it!! UGH. Yes, financial part is very important but time is also very important to me. I have wasted so much time because insurance will pay for certain procedure which was not the best for my case and I was lead to believe there was no other option until now. I really wish I had known about Dr. Chao, much earlier. For those of you who is reading this review, at the end of the day its your health and your choice. If you have insurance who will cover cost,great. But don’t let that fool you if you are not given the options, you have no choice. Insurance will make the choice for you

Wanda R. from Watsonville, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been with Dr. Chao’s office for over 6 years.   They do an amazing job at keeping my teeth healthy, and making me feel comfortable through each process.   My hygienist is knowledgeable and always makes sure that I have a nice goody-bag of samples to assist me with caring for my teeth in between visits.  I now look forward to each visit.   The staff has always been cheerful and friendly.  I especially want to thank Dr. Chao and his staff for their thoughtfulness today.  My appointment was two days after my birthday, but his office presented me with a beautiful cake.  I was so surprised and very happy that they made the effort.  Thank you all again.


The Pinhole Surgical Technique was created by Dr. John Chao, the founder of Alhambra Dental which was established in 1983. The Pinhole Surgical Technique, also know as Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is the latest procedure for restoring receded gums without conventional grafting. Its Scalpel-free, suture-free and conventional graft free. Typically, only ice and 2 (otc) pain pills are required after the procedure. Patients are typically back in action the next day with a healthy beautiful gum line. Alhambra Dental also cater to fearful and/or sensitive patients. This means that Patients are in control of selecting desired treatment options and the patient always maintains the option of modifying the pace of a procedure to suit comfort levels. Alhambra Dental is a full service office with one of the most patient friendly interiors. Call or stop by and our staff will take extra special care of you. Dr. Chao also specializes in Periodontics and cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic surgery. Dr. John Chao the founder of Alhambra Dental is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. Dr. Chao began his private practice in Monterey Park in a small office with 1-2 assistants. Over the years, Dr. Chao emphasized quality dentistry and patient comfort combined with the latest procedures. This allowed Dr. Chao to build a very loyal following as he expanded over the years to help more patients with their dental needs. Today, Alhambra dental accommodates its patients in a beautiful and friendly 5000 square foot office with state of the art technology. Dr. Chao is also known world wide for teaching doctors the Pinhole Surgical Technique which is a non-invasive method for restoring receded gums.