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Dr. Arash Hakhamian, known as “Dr. Arash”, is one of the most widely recognized and respected doctors of dental surgery focusing his time and energy in teaching dentists advanced clinical procedures and providing life-changing dentistry to his patients locally and internationally. Dr. Arash also serves as a consultant and teacher to current dentists on how to improve the efficiency and standards of their practice to better serve their patients. Dr. Arash comes from a family of medical doctors and dentists and as such sees the mouth and oral health as one integral piece of a connected system affecting and working with other parts of the body. The longstanding tradition of community service and philanthropy exemplified by previous generations in his family motivated Dr. Arash to continue his heritage helping better the lives of others through the practice of medicine within the field of dental surgery.
Dr. Arash’s passion for dentistry began as a child where he spent much of his childhood hanging out and helping out in his father’s dental office. His mother spent the majority of her graduate studies as a nurse and later as a midwife delivery babies at the major hospital in her country. Dr. Arash’s passion for public service was influenced by his mother’s affiliations with a multitude of charities and service programs to help others in need. Academia and education are a priority in his family and his father was picked as a #1 student in his entire University and was sent to meet the King of his country to receive an award for his academic accomplishments. In the 1980’s, his family moved to Germany and then Austria and finally to the United States where they have spent the majority of their lives. Dr. Arash has a younger brother Dr. Ash Hakhamian who is a surgeon in the field of veterinarian medicine who also graduated from UCLA. His youngest brother, Dr. Ardy Hakhamian is also a dentist and doctor of dental surgery who graduated with honors from UCLA and attended the prestigious USC School of Dentistry. His youngest sibling is currently studying dental hygiene at USC and will soon complete her education and join the rest of the family as a dental professional.
Dr. Arash was a three sport varsity athlete in high school and started on the varsity football, varsity basketball, and varsity volleyballs teams in his high school. He graduated with top departmental honors, Latin honors, and college honors with nearly a 4.0 GPA from UCLA. He was immediately accepted to one the world’s best dental schools, USC School of Dentistry, where he graduated with honors and received one of the most prestigious awards as the top student in caring for patients with advanced medical and physical disabilities. Dr. Arash had the honor and privilege of studying under the mentorship of Dr. Stanley Malamed (world leader in Emergency Medicine and Anesthesia), Dr. Pascal Magne (world leader in Bio-mimetics and aesthetic dentistry), Dr. Hessam Nowzari and Homa Zadeh (world leading surgeons and Periodontists) and Dr. Glenn Clark (world renowned figure in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine) amongst others. After his graduation from USC School of Dentistry, he was accepted to the renowned UCLA AEGD department and decided to go into private practice with his father who practiced in Beverly Hills for over a decade.
Dr. Arash immediately established his own rapidly growing practice in Beverly Hills on the famous “Diamond Triangle” in the Roxbury Medical Building. Over the next several years Dr. Arash traveled around the world and trained under some of the world’s best surgeons learning the most advanced surgical techniques for extractions, dental implants, bone grafting and bio mimetics. With advanced clinical knowledge and understanding of surgical and restorative techniques, Dr. Arash is uniquely capable of evaluating, diagnosing and restoring a patients dental needs from beginning to end with consideration to the interdisciplinary approach of holistic dentistry. As such, he has been sought out by high profile patients such as the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, international political figures, top business men and celebrities alike. Most notably, Dr. Arash has a growing list of dentists who seek him as their own dentist recognizing his gentle yet comprehensive approach to clinical dentistry. According to Care Credit, the nation’s leading patient financing company, Dr. Arash’s office was in the top 5% offices on the west coast when compared to other similar practices based on numerous criteria.
“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” – Aristotle Dr. Arash’s passion for advancing the field of dentistry and sharing his knowledge of dental reconstructive surgery led him to teaching other dentists the techniques he has learned throughout his travels around the world. Dr. Arash was one of the founding board members if GDIA (Global Dental Implant Academy) an international organization based on the principle of teaching other dentists advanced surgical procedures such as placing implants, soft tissue grafts, bone grafting and guided bone regeneration. Every year, his team of professors and surgeons travel to different parts of the world teaching doctors and dentists the newest and latest surgical procedures available in the field of dentistry. Dr. Arash has teamed up with leading surgeons such as Dr. Jin Kim (UCLA Periodontist), Professor Dong-Seok Sohn (leading international surgeon and Oral Maxiofacial lecturers) and Dr. Tony Daher (Professor of Prosthodontics) to train and educate other dentists on how to place and restore implants for the benefit of their patients. Dr. Arash also teaches for several implant companies both locally and internationally promoting the advancement of implant systems to his students. In 2015 the world recognized “Extraction Academy” led by Dr. Kianor Shah recruited Dr. Arash as one of their main teachers educating dentists on extraction techniques and implant therapy. Dr. Arash also lectures and consults other dentists on office management, case acceptance and office acquisitions.
Currently, Dr. Arash is a proud member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Los Angeles Dental Society, Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, World Academy of Ultrasonic Piezoelectric Bone Surgery, and the International Academy for Dental-Facial Esthetics amongst others. He is working on his first book titled “The 10 Dental Commandments,” and is in collaboration with several other dentists on promoting a more holistic and bio-compatible alternative to traditional dentistry with the use of lasers, non-metal restorations and stem cell therapy. Dr. Arash’s interests also include bone regeneration and reconstruction with the use of the patients own growth factors extracted from their own blood used to aid in the regeneration of autogenous bone to gain both vertical and horizontal bone height. Dr. Arash also takes great pride in providing life changing “Anti-aging” cosmetic dentistry to promote a younger and more vibrant appearance to patients from around the world seeking his expertise in 21st century cosmetic dentistry.
Last but not least, Dr. Arash takes great pleasure in providing his services for free as a volunteer with various local and international organizations around the world. Dr. Arash sponsors lifesaving dental missions to Guatemala, Mexico, Korea, Vietnam, Belize, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Jordon, Israel and many other countries where he donates his time to help underserved communities with free dental services. Locally, he donates his time with the “Special Olympics,” “Ayuda,” “Doctors without Borders,” “Give kids a smile foundation,” Remote Access Medical,” “USC Mobile dental Clinic,” “ Union Rescue Mission,” and other worthy organizations to help bring free dental care to those who cannot afford it. Dr. Arash also sponsors numerous “Free Emergency Care Days” one day every quarter of the year in his downtown office where he treats anyone in pain for free. His offices also offer free cleanings to any and all patients above the age of 70 years as a courtesy and without charge. Dr. Arash takes pride in his ability to speak multiple languages coupled with a degree in Anthropology from UCLA allowing him to communicate and understand patients from various ethnicities and cultures.