40 UNDER 40 HONOREES

GEORGE BOHLE

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Implant & Prosthodontic Associates

Age:

39

Name of Practice:

Implant & Prosthodontic Associates

Specialty:

Maxillofacial prosthodontics

Education:

DDS, University of Missouri– Kansas City School of Dentistry; maxillofacial prosthetics certification, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Why He Was Nominated

Trained at Memorial Sloan Kettering, one of the country’s top cancer clinics, and now working side-by-side with Dr. Thomas McGarry, a leading expert in prosthodontics and implants, Dr. Bohle primarily treats trauma patients and children with cleft palates. One of the great things about prosthodontics, he says, is that “you can do more than just focus on children’s smiles — you can actually help with their eating and speaking.”

Favorite Aspect of Dentistry

Dr. Bohle is captivated by maxillofacial prosthodontics. “As dentists, we change somebody’s smile, but this is a step beyond. This is making prosthetic eyes, ears, noses.”

Exciting New Trend

Technology. While at Sloan Kettering, Dr. Bohle treated a 7-year-old boy who was born without ears. Dr. Bohle and his colleagues developed a prosthetic ear that could be seen on a CAT scan, configured where the boy’s implants needed to go, then used CAD/CAM technology to make the bar that connected the implants and the ear. They could have used the computer to make the model, but they chose to do it by hand. “In the future, you’re going to be able to go to a computer library and pick out the picture of the ear that you want,” Dr. Bohle says, adding that this technology will soon help doctors in the developing world provide their needy patients with world-class prosthetics.

Something People Don't Know

When he’s not playing with his children (ages 5 years and 6 months), Dr. Bohle is in his wood shop practicing carpentry. Last Christmas, he and his son fashioned wooden pens for presents, and this Father’s Day, they made wine stoppers.