Dr. Bohle is Dental Depot’s prosthodontist – also known as a dental implant specialist, and if you ask him, he’ll tell you that, for him, his art is all about restoring life.
“Surgeons save lives, but I get to restore life,” Dr. Bohle said. “Each case has been life changing.”
A specialist in general prosthodontics (prosthetic teeth) as well as other facial prosthetics – including eyes, ears, noses, and jaws – for patients who have been affected by cancer, trauma or birth defects, Dr. Bohle’s talent and experience creating functional art pieces is anything but limited.
A Baltimore native, Dr. Bohle spent much of his life on the East Coast. After a brief stint away from the coast, studying dentistry at the University of Missouri: Kansas City School of Dentistry, he went on to train with and work alongside some of the most gifted and sought after specialists in the world at renowned institutions including John’s Hopkins in Baltimore and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. So, you can bet he has seen his fair share of cases, many interesting and rewarding.
Whether he’s crafting a pair of dentures, helping a patient learn how to comfortably care for their dental implants, or fitting a patient with a prosthetic obturator (upper jaw), he says that all of his work comes down to one thing: restoring life.
“It’s always really rewarding to see the patient fit with the prosthetic,” Dr. Bohle said, specifically discussing patients who need prosthetic obturators. “Now they can talk, eat, drink – everything! With everything that I do, that’s probably the most gratifying.”
Still, as inspiring as a profession as prosthodontics is, the truth is, it’s not an incredibly lucrative specialty, which, unfortunately, also contributes to the profession’s rarity.
There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 700 maxillofacial prosthodontic specialists in the country, and, of those, only three of them actually practice in Oklahoma, Dr. Bohle explained.
“Access to care [in Oklahoma] is so limited,” Dr. Bohle said. “It’s one of my goals to establish a training program to try and fix that.”
On his quest to improve access to care, Dr. Bohle works with the department of Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Medicine, particularly focusing on advancing the treatment for oral cancer and trauma patients.
When he’s not restoring life, Dr. Bohle says he spends his time enjoying life with his wife of 20 years and their two children and promoting good habits for our community’s younger generations.
“It’s [Being a dad] awesome,” he said. “I come home each night … My daughter likes to hide and jump out and say ‘surprise!’, and I act startled and she laughs,” he said with a chuckle of his own. “My son is into x-box. He tries to get me to play, but I can’t figure out the controllers.”
But, Dr. Bohle’s humble claim to be “just a working dad and husband” only scratches the surface of the impact he makes in the lives of others. Seeing it as a simple fatherly act, Dr. Bohle makes special dental hygiene bags for the children who attend school with his son. He even has the goodies branded with the school’s mascot to link together a dedication to healthy living and school spirit!
“When I’m not working, the kids consume me. We go to the park, ride bikes, and swim,” he said. “[But] I like woodworking, target shooting, and riding my bicycle.
It was fun in Baltimore – BC – before children,” he joked. “My wife and I rode through the foothills of the Appalachians; and when I was in New York, I’d bike through Central Park, and riding through traffic was like a real-life video game.”
A specialist in general prosthodontics as well as prosthodontics for cancer, trauma and birth defects, Dr. Bohle graduated from the University of Missouri: Kansas City School of Dentistry some 20 years ago, before diving into the fascinating world of maxillofacial prosthetics. After finishing his prosthodontic residency, Dr. Bohle went on to practice at the world renowned Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and John’s Hopkins Hospital.
Before joining the Dental Depot team, Dr. Bohle practiced in a partnership practice in Oklahoma City, with a satellite office in Tulsa. It was in Tulsa that he and Dr. Ken Templeton (who we introduced you to last week) got to know each other. The two specialists worked in the same building in Tulsa and developed a working relationship that has turned out to go beyond their time as private practitioners.
The new West OKC Dental Depot Family Dentistry and Implant Center allows a great opportunity to restore lives by providing a type of treatment that Dental Depot hasn’t been able to offer. Up until now, patients wanting more sophisticated implant therapy have had to go elsewhere. Now we will be able to treat them under the Dental Depot umbrella. Together, Dr. Bohle and Dr. Templeton aim to be able to improve access and affordability for these treatments.