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Ford City's Bartosh Dental becomes two-man team as son joins practice

| Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, 12:21 a.m.
Louis B. Ruediger
Dr. Larry Bartosh and his son Casey sit in their office with a computer, capable of making porcelain crowns that can be milled in the office, offering patients a one time visit. Tuesday October 9, 2012 Louis B. Ruediger | Leader Times

FORD CITY – In today's tough job market, it's often difficult to find work close to home. But one recent college graduate did just that, landing a job in his hometown at his father's dental practice.

Casey Bartosh, who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, recently joined his father, Larry Bartosh, at Bartosh Dental at 932 Fifth Ave.

He said he enjoys being back in Ford City, where the people coming through the office door are all familiar faces.

“They are people I've known my whole life,” he said. “It makes going to work pleasant.”

He said he occasionally answered the office phone while growing up. He and his brothers attended Ford City High School and Casey got to know about dentistry while shadowing his father at work.

Larry Bartosh and his wife, Lisa, raised their four sons Casey, Dan, Scott and Ryan in the Ford City area after moving from Blairsville 26 years ago.

“We have been well received and we are happy with the area,” said Larry Bartosh. “It's a very welcoming community.”

He said recent advances in technology have impacted dentistry in a big way.

“I never touched a computer during dental school,” he said.

Now he and his son use computer technology and precision machinery to make same-day porcelain crowns.

Only about 10 percent of dental practices in the United States use the machines, said Larry Bartosh. He got his 4½ years ago.

The CAD/CAM Cerec machine allows dentists to take a photo of a patient's teeth to design a computerized 3-dimensional image. That image is transferred to the milling component of the machine, which makes a porcelain crown formed to match each patient.

“It's hugely accurate and so convenient,” said Larry Bartosh. “People love to be done in one visit.”

Besides sharing the workplace, father and son share a love for golf.

Larry Bartosh is an avid golfer and said that all of his sons enjoy the sport. He said Scott, who has mental disabilities, enjoys being out on the green. A lot of people throughout the community who know Scott often stop to greet him.

That welcoming spirit is part of the beauty of Armstrong County, said Larry Bartosh.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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