Dr. Van Hala earned his B.A. in International Studies from Miami University in 1997 and his D.D.S. degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 2007. Dedicated to continuing education, he has received advanced training from the prestigious Dawson Academy, Midwest Implant Institute, and Keystone Dental Annual Symposium, completed the Full Mouth Mastery Series, and achieved proficiency in Chrome Guided Smile,Digital Smile Design, Invisalign, and Swiss Dental Solutions Ceramic Implants.He is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, and the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He is passionate about forming long-lasting relationships with his patients, understanding their oral health and smile goals, and providing exceptional cosmetic, biologic, restorative, and implant dentistry services to patients in the Northeast Ohio area.
Under our experienced care, placing an implant is a relatively easy process. First, careful review of a patients’ medical history occurs, a 3D X-ray is taken, and a thorough examination is performed to determine whether a person is a candidate. If a person is a good candidate, then the risks and benefits associated with the procedure are discussed. If not, the site can typically be grafted in order to regrow sufficient bone so as to place an implant in the future. On the day of placement, the implant is inserted into the bone, often with the aid of a surgical guide, and then allowed to heal for a period of 1 to 3 months until stable.
Teeth play an important role in maintaining the health and volume of the jaw bone. When teeth are lost, the bone begins a resorption process, shrinking in height and width. Often extensive bone loss can result in the impossibility of an implant being placed without a bone graft, along with the loss of natural facial contours and structure. Traditionally, bone grafting required taking bone from the patient, such as the hip or another part of the jaw, and ground and replaced in the jaw. However, today, donor bone is harvested and processed to produce a material that is safe, economic, and comfortable. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure that requires a healing period while the existing bone and graft integrate. We are experienced and skilled in this procedure, leveraging the use of advanced technologies and high-quality materials, and offer bone grafting to preserve the integrity of the jaw bone and pave the way for dental implants.