Prosthodontist – Covington, LA
Get to Know
Israel M. Finger, DDS
As our trusted in-house prosthodontist, Dr. Finger does an incredible job at helping patients revitalize their smiles through high-quality removable prosthetics and implant restorations. He takes pride in providing outstanding care and also enjoys working alongside such an amazing staff here at MoreSMILES Dental. Interested in learning more about him? Just keep reading below.
Why Did You Decide to
Become a Dentist?
Dr. Finger believed that dentistry would be a good way to combine his lifelong interest in science with a genuine passion for helping others. Unlike many areas of medicine, most dental issues are solvable, and he would have the ability to make patients more comfortable and confident through his work. Today, with well over 50 years of experience in the field so far, he still feels certain he made the right choice for his career.
Where Did You Study Dentistry?
Dr. Finger is originally from South Africa and studied dentistry at the University of Witwatersrand. He then pursued his Master’s in Prosthodontics from Ohio State University, followed by additional specialized training in Maxillofacial Prosthetics at Roswell Park Institute in Buffalo, NY, where he focused on oral-facial defect such as cleft palate and post oral cancer reconstructions.
For 28 years, Dr. Finger served as a professor at LSU Medical Center and was Director of the Graduate Program in Prosthodontics. He has also lectured both nationally and internationally, authored numerous journal articles, contributed to textbooks, and even helped to pioneer a digital denture technique with AvaDent! He is a current member of the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics and the Seattle Study Club.
Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?
Dr. Finger and his wife have three children and eight grandchildren. Outside of working hours, you can typically find him spending quality time with loved ones (especially the grandkids), playing golf, and hiking. He also cycles 25 miles each day!