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Local Dentist, Innovator Anthony Viscido Dies

Anthony J. Viscido, a 50-year resident of the City of Falls Church and a prolific pioneer in dental technology, died earlier this month at his home on East Broad Street. He was 86. viscido

Anthony J. Viscido, a 50-year resident of the City of Falls Church and a prolific pioneer in dental technology, died earlier this month at his home on East Broad Street. He was 86.

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Anthony J. Viscido (Courtesy Photo)

Born in 1923 in Long Branch, New Jersey, Viscido distinguished himself in the U.S. Navy’s operations in the Pacific theater. He served from 1942, fighting at Iwo Jima and driving landing crafts, and was honorably discharged in 1945. Viscido held the rank of Chief Petty Officer.

Viscido left military service to pursue degrees at Rutgers University and then Georgetown Dental, graduating in 1954 with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery.

Over his career spanning 52 years, Viscido innovated dental implants like the “try-in-tehcnique blade” that revolutionized the world of modern dentistry. He was one of the original businessmen in Springfield, Va., where he worked until his retirement in 2005.

Outside of work, Viscido volunteered at the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic, and was the founder and director of the Board of the Academy for Implants and Transplants. Viscido was also a lifetime member of the Northern Virginia Dental Society and the American Dental Academy.

Viscido lectured and wrote thousands of articles on dental implants and dentistry during his career. He donated his inventions and awards to the National Dental Museum in Baltimore, Md.

Viscido leaves behind his wife, Josephine; daughters, Jo Ann and Diane; and his sister, Vera Woolley, in New Jersey. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetary as a war veteran.