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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!
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
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