Our History

“Dr. Joe” and “Dr. Woody” met during dental school where their friendship grew out of mutual respect, integrity, and strong work ethic. After graduation, they opened their office in October, 1981. That office, now a classroom for the Chesapeake Dental Education Center, was quickly outgrown as their family practice blossomed. During that time, they realized their affinity for complex adult restorative dentistry.

In 1996, recognizing the need to further understand all facets of this type of dentistry, they enrolled in the programs at the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study, one of the nation’s premier centers for comprehensive dental studies. With Dr. Peter Dawson as a mentor, they mastered the concepts of occlusion and the treatment of occlusal (bite) disease, incorporating these skills into their everyday practice.

After completing these courses, they went on to the Piper Education Research Center for an in-depth study of diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders and dysfunction. Included in these studies were MRI imaging and interpretation of the TMJ, splint fabrication, and correlation of the displaced disk and its’ effect on the occlusion.

Their next step was the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. Under the tutelage of Dr. Frank Spear, they learned to incorporate facial and dental esthetic analysis and diagnosis with stable functional concepts. Dr. Spear is world renowned for his expertise in dental materials and esthetic techniques. His impact on the doctors had been invaluable leading the doctors to establish their own interdisciplinary approach. Dr. Spear’s curriculum was completed in 2005.

They have also trained with Dr. Walter “Jack” Turbyfill, one of the nation’s most recognized figures in complete denture fabrication. With Dr. Turbyfill’s technique, denture fabrication has become more predictable, with superior esthetics, stability, and function. Fabrication of a well-fitting, esthetic denture is of paramount importance to the success of an implant-supported prosthesis.

In the late 1980’s they developed an interest in dental implants. They developed a team approach incorporating a local network of orthodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons in the diagnoses and treatment of patients’ needs and started restoring dental implants. Under the guidance of Drs. Wooddell and Passaro, this network of specialists performs each treatment in a pre-planned sequence.

The doctors have completed a program for complex implant diagnosis and treatment called the Synergy Training Program with Dr. Robert Faulkner, a renowned implant prosthodontist from Cincinnati, Ohio. This established a solid base for their expertise in immediate function implant cases.

Most recently, the doctors have developed interest in computer guided implant placement for single tooth application, multiple tooth application, or full arch with immediate function upon placement of the implants. The doctors utilize the latest technology in dental CT (ICAT) scans and 3-D computer graphics with Nobelguide and Simplant software. For this technology, they have trained with Dr. Thomas Balshi, of Prosthodontics Intermedica at The Institute for Facial Esthetics. He is one of the leaders in this field.