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Worcester Dental Associates Pays Tribute to Its' Founder, Melvin Budish, as it Celebrates 70 Years in Business
The Worcester Dental Family has suffered a great loss with the passing of its founder Melvin W. Budish on January 3, 2020.
Melvin Wolf Budish of Worcester Massachusetts, passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the age of 103. He was born on March 9, 1916 in Dorchester to the late Louis and Bertha (Fisher) Budish and was predeceased by his loving wife of 69 years, Lena (Abramovitz) Budish, who died in 2007.
Mr. Budish moved to Worcester as a young child and remained a Worcester resident. Mel graduated from Commerce High School in 1931. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Devens, MA, Camp Crowder, MO, and as a corpsman in a California VA Hospital Dental Clinic.
After the war, he started a factory to manufacture and sell denture teeth. He established Worcester Dental Associates in 1950 and in 1951, he developed and obtained one of the first denture teeth manufacturers patents in the U.S..These teeth were not only used by Worcester Dental in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, but were sold and used across the country. Mr. Budish worked at Worcester Dental Associates until he retired at the age of 97. Worcester Dental celebrates its 70th year in business this year under the leadership of Mel's son Steve Budish, who took over running the business in 1990.
Mr. Budish was an active member of the Worcester Community. He was a member of the former Temple Emanuel, The Jewish War Vets, Worcester Housing Authority, Massachusetts Sanitation Commissioner, Trustee for Becker College, Worcester Airport Commissioner and a close friend and supporter of the Trappist Monastery in Spencer, MA. During his younger years he loved to play softball, handball, and flying his single engine Cessna plane. He continued his love of poker games with friends and at Foxwoods Casino till the age of 100.
Mr. Budish is survived by his five children, 10 Grandchildren, 20 Great Grandchildren and his youngest brother, Arnold Budish.
He will be greatly missed by the entire Worcester Dental Family.
Worcester Dental Vision Statement
The Worcester Dental Vision Statement was developed by Mr. Budish:
At Worcester Dental Associates our philosophy is to provide treatment to the whole person - with a special focus on how your teeth and gums relate to your total body health. We want you to be confident that your smile achieves your goals for comfort, function and appearance. We're here to make that happen.
We also understand that choosing a dentist is an important decision. After all, your smile is your greatest asset and says a lot about your overall health. From the moment you walk in the door, you'll be welcomed by a caring staff in a relaxed, stress-free environment where the patient can feel at ease.
70 years later and all of us at Worcester Dental Associates are dedicated to continue with Mel’s Vision Statement as the backbone of our dental practice.
About Worcester Dental Associates
Worcester Dental Associates is a general dental office located in downtown Worcester at 88 Pleasant Street. Worcester Dental offers a full range of general & cosmetic dental services at our office to help you achieve your perfect smile, such as; preventive care (cleanings, sealants, dental exams and x-rays), dentures, partial dentures, implant supported dentures, crowns, fillings, bonding, tooth whitening and more. We utilize the latest in dental technology and techniques in order to offer you the best preventive care and treatment available in Worcester. Worcester Dental was voted BEST DENTIST in WORCESTER and BEST DENTIST IN CENTRAL MASS!
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Worcester Dental Associates Founder Melvin Budish Obtained One of the First Denture Teeth Manufacturers Patents in the U.S. on September 4, 1951
Melvin Budish, the Founder of Worcester Dental Associates was awarded a patent in 1951 for the “Manufacture of False Teeth.”
The patent was filed on December 17, 1949 and was approved and granted by the United States Patent Office on September 4, 1951 as patent # 2,566,652.
These teeth were not only used by Worcester Dental in the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, but were sold and used across the country.
The purpose of the patent was to improve the manufacturing process and appearance of “false teeth,” as denture teeth were previously referred to. Mr. Budish’s invention had the objective of manufacturing false teeth to look as natural as possible without the cost and limitations of having to make them individually by hand. Since natural teeth have many different discolorations, imperfections, striations and transparent tips, the available denture or “false” teeth at the time did not look like natural teeth. Making them by hand was too costly, so Mr. Budish invented a technique for making molded denture teeth that looked more like natural teeth.
The invention was a three piece molding system. The first piece was a base with cavities to mold the lingual and rear aspects of teeth. The second “trimming” die piece was used to initially mold the teeth, and the third and final piece was a die to create the final trimming of the labial (outside surface that shows) and allowed for adding a more transparent enamel material to the die to give the teeth a more natural appearance.
See the full patent here: https://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/46/8a/06/7f8781f2d52f70/US2566652.pdf
Mr. Budish moved to Worcester as a young child and remains a Worcester resident at the age of 103. He established Worcester Dental Associates in 1950, and worked there until his son Steve Budish took over in 1990.
“Worcester Dental Associates is very proud of our history in the evolution of dentures. We continue our commitment to offering the latest technology for dentures and all other types of dental prosthetics and restorations to our patients to ensure comfort, functionality and cosmetic appeal,” states Steve Budish.
For more information about Worcester Dental Associates, visit: Worcester, MA Dentist
There’s one sure thing about tooth decay: you can’t ignore it. In fact, the best outcomes result from finding it early and treating it before it enters the pulp in the center of the tooth, often a filling or similar treatment.
If it does advance to the pulp, you may need a root canal treatment to save the tooth. This is a moderately invasive procedure where we access the pulp and root canals, tiny passageways leading to the root and supporting bone. We then remove all the diseased tissue and fill the empty pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling. Later we’ll crown the tooth for added protection against future infection or fracture of the tooth.
But there’s also another less-invasive method than a root canal called pulp capping. It’s only appropriate to use, however, if the pulp has become exposed or almost exposed by decay, but hasn’t yet shown signs of disease.
Pulp capping can be either direct or indirect. We use direct pulp capping if the healthy pulp has been exposed by the disease process. We first isolate the tooth from the rest of the mouth to prevent contamination and then proceed to remove all of the tooth’s decayed dentin structure. We then apply a biocompatible material directly over the pulp to protect it from further decay and to facilitate healing. We then restore the tooth, usually with a filling, to its proper function and life-like appearance.
When the pulp is threatened by decay but not yet exposed, we may then use the indirect method. In this approach we first remove most of the decayed dentin, but leave a small amount next to the pulp to keep it covered. We then treat this remaining dentin with a material to help it heal and re-mineralize, followed by a temporary filling of the tooth. A few months later we’ll remove this filling and inspect the treated dentin. If it has regenerated sufficiently, we remove any remaining decay and permanently restore the tooth.
As we said, pulp capping is only used with patients with deep decay whose pulp tissue is healthy. But when we can use it we can avoid some of the permanent alterations that often come with a root canal treatment and still save the tooth.
If you would like more information on treatments for tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Pulp Capping: A Procedure that May Save a Decayed Tooth.”
People with diabetes have special concerns when it comes to dental care. In fact, 1 in every 5 cases of total tooth loss is linked to this widespread health condition. November is National Diabetes month, so it’s a good opportunity for us to answer some frequently asked questions about oral health and diabetes.
Q. Can I get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth even if I have diabetes?
A number of studies have shown that people with diabetes can be good candidates for dental implants, but there are some concerns regarding dental implant treatment, which involves minor surgery. Wounds tend to heal more slowly in people with diabetes, who are also more infection-prone than those without diabetes. In diabetic individuals with poor glucose control, research has also shown that it takes longer for the bone to heal after implant placement. We will take these (and other) factors into account when planning your implant treatment. However, in many situations even poorly controlled diabetes does not necessarily preclude dental implant treatment.
Q. I’ve heard people with diabetes have a higher risk for gum disease. Is that true?
Yes. Research shows that people with diabetes are more susceptible to periodontal (gum) disease, especially when their diabetes is poorly controlled. The reverse is also true: untreated periodontal disease can worsen blood sugar levels. So it’s important to manage both of these inflammatory conditions. If you notice the early signs of gum disease, such as inflamed or bleeding gums, please bring this to our attention. Early gum disease (gingivitis) is much easier to treat than more advanced forms—which can eventually lead to tooth loss.
Q. If I have diabetes, how can I protect my oral health?
Keep doing your best to control your blood sugar levels with exercise and a healthy diet—and stick to an effective daily oral hygiene routine, which includes both brushing and flossing and coming in for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Make sure to let us know what medications you are taking and update us on any changes. If you notice any mouth sores, swelling or inflammation, bring this to our attention as soon as possible.