The bucolic town of Central City, Pennsylvania lies five miles down the road from the site of the Flight 93 memorial and not far from the Quecreek coalmine that trapped nine men underground for four days in 2002. It’s also home to Curt Morgese, owner of a one-person, high-end C&B dental laboratory. As of last November, he’s also the district’s borough councilman.
“Making teeth has been a life-long passion,” he says. “I am always on a quest for knowledge in my daily profession.” He is also keen on politics.
He relocated his lab to Central City from Greenburg, a Pittsburgh suburb, a year and a half ago and is now only a stone’s throw from his home. If he gets his casework done by three on any given day, he still has time for a quick, late afternoon fly-fishing trip to one of the local trout streams.
He opened Oral Renaissance Dental Laboratory in 1983 and says he’s grown his business in good company: “The Pittsburgh area is home to some of the most outstanding labs in our field, Albensi, Maverick, Jesse and Frichtel, Brock Laboratories and the Mappin family . . .
“I grew up in Wisconsin and got my training in the Navy,” he says, “but that was in partials and dentures. After working with Dr. Dudes and Associates, I found my niche in C&B and implants and specialize in occlusion. I was doing the numbers recently and I figured that, over the course of my career thus far, I’ve probably crafted about 28-30,000 crowns!”
Morgese is a member of OBI—the Orthognathic Bioesthetic Institute—founded in the 1980s by Robert L. Lee, DDS, and has taken courses there in occlusal diagnosis and full mouth rejuvenation. Lee coined the word, “bioesthetic” and defines it as “the study or theory of the beauty of living things in their natural forms and functions.”
He is very thankful for what he learned at OBI and now hopes to spread Dr. Lee’s message with his new venture: helping some good friends start the Texas Center for Occlusal Studies and Minimally Invasive Dentistry, a training center offering educational courses to dentists and technicians who provide services to patients with temporal mandibular pain and severely worn dentition and want to go above and beyond for their patients.
“The field of dental technology has been good to me and now I want to share my knowledge and spare time doing helpful things. I hope in the end that I will not define myself by what I did for a living but rather how I contributed,” he says.
Life Outside the Lab
Lab Owner Curt Morgese is not short on opinions and says, “Politics has always been of interest to me. Finding myself complaining all the time, I decided to go to the University of Pittsburgh and start taking classes again. I feel our country is facing challenges that are new and the solutions are not clear.”
As a borough councilman in Central City, PA, he is gaining great insight into how important local volunteer organizations are to our communities. Without them, he notes, we would not have volunteer fire departments or emergency medical technicians. "These people are our local heroes. I am also amazed at how generous people are with their spare time and dollars. So far, serving in a political position has helped restore my faith in mankind. There really are wonderful people trying to do good work unselfishly for us all."