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Dr. John Chao, Pinhole Surgical Technique
Speaker: Dr. John Chao
Category: Periodontics
CE Credits: 1.5
Format: MP4 Video
This course discusses the prevalence and etiology of gingival recession (GR) as well as the Miller Classification of GR. This CE informs the attendee as to with predictability and effectiveness of th...more
  • 5.0 (1 Review)
  • Running Time: 1h
  • Released: 5/1/2018
  • Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
  • Review Date: 6/30/2019
CE Details
Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 490.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

This course on the Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST) first explores the etiology and prevalence of gingival recession (GR). Etiological factors of GR include anatomical abnormalities, periodontal diseases, iatrogenic issues, over-zealous brushing and flossing, occlusal interferences and controversies. Systemic of diseases and disorders are also discussed. Prevalence of GR is cited as affecting 50% of adults between the age of 18-65, and 80% of people over 65.

There is an in-depth discussion as to the how predictable and effective PST is with the three classification of GR, as per Miller. How predictable a procedure means how much of the time this procedure achieves 100% coverage. How effective a procedure is means how much of the exposed root is coverage. PST achieves !00% coverage 82.4% of the time, while effectively coverage about 80% to 90% of the exposed root. Efficacy of PST is followed by information concerning the long-term results of PST as well as how this is achieved through the PST protocol. Long-term results extending from 9-11 years are shared with the audience. As to the future, the University at Buffalo, SUNY, will be publishing its current split-mouth, double-blind, controlled clinical trial comparing the subepithelial connective tissue graft with PST, involving over 40 patients by the end of 2018. Also in 2018, a follow-up study of the original PST patients in the first study will show long-term cases extending up to 11 years.

Description of Speaker:
Dr. John Chao, a general practitioners, is the inventor of the Pinhole® Surgical Technique. He presently teaches at USC as an associate adjunct professor as well as serving as an Associate Research Professor in the Post-graduate Periodontics Program at the University of Buffalo, SUNY. He also holds a J.D. degree from Southwestern University of Law in Los Angeles.

With his family, Dr. Chao immigrated from China to the USA when he was 14 years old. He is always grateful to be have the opportunity to work hard and become a dentist. He plays the piano by ear and spends quality time with his beloved pets, Tinkerbelle and Vivi, whom he adopted from cat rescue facilities.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
  • The attendee will be informed as to the prevalence and etiology of gingival recession.
  • The attendee will be conversant with the classification of gingival recession.
  • The attendee will know the predictability and effectiveness of the Pinhole® Surgical Technique.
  • The attendee will be generally informed as to the protocol of this technique.
  • The attendee will be current on on-going studies regarding this technique.

Dr. Chao discloses that he has a financial interest in teaching dentists the Pinhole® Surgical Technique as well as selling products associated with it.

This CE activity is supported by an educational grant from Pinhole Academy.
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5.0  (1 Review)
 1 person would recommend this course to a friend.
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
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Date: 8/29/2018
Instructor spoke clearly and was easy to understand
Course material was informative, organized, and up to date
Course objectives were consistent with course as advertised
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