What Makes Us Different

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 aesthetics, 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 perform 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 an 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.

Why Choose Wooddell & Passaro?

Dr. Joseph Passaro and Dr. James Wooddell set themselves apart from many local practitioners using a unique team approach and a comprehensive evaluation method they have developed themselves. The Systematic Treatment Evaluation Protocol (STEP™) is a “roadmap” for the evaluation of a patient’s dental health that takes into consideration all aspects of their oral function:

  • Esthetics
  • Function
  • Structure
  • Biology

STEP™ is an in-depth look at how your smile looks, feels and operates to evaluate the integrity of your long term dental health. Finding and addressing problems associated with the structure of your jaw, teeth or soft tissues can alleviate the development of bigger dental problems down the road. This lays the foundation for more predictable and lasting results from your dentistry.

Interdisciplinary Care, Advanced Dentistry

The entire team of dental professionals at Wooddell & Passaro is dedicated to treating patients as individuals, in a compassionate manner. We welcome patients who have had a previous bad experience at the dentist or who may be experiencing a break down of their oral health due to undiagnosed dental problems. We take the time needed with each patient to complete our thorough evaluation process and to discuss your specific needs and desires for the health and appearance of your natural smile. Our goal is to solve your dental problems with the most conservative, personalized dental care possible. We want our patients to enjoy the benefits of a comfortable smile that affords the best possible quality of life.

Drs. Wooddell and Passaro have over 60 years of combined experience treating patients and have dedicated their professional careers as dentists to the diagnosis and treatment of complex dental concerns. They have developed relationships with specialists that complement their dentistry and provide our patients with the highest standard of dentistry that will meet their needs. This interdisciplinary approach is a highly orchestrated and seamless process for patients. We utilize the benefits of digital technology to coordinate care that is consistent and maintain communication so that patients feel confident in their care and results are predictable.

“I have been a patient of Dr. Wooddell’s for over 25 years during which time Dr. Woody and his team of professionals have provided outstanding dental care and advice. Most recently, I have had extensive restorative dental work resulting in a noticeably more pleasing smile along with greatly improved functionality/use of my teeth. The success of my dental work is the result of the planning, expert work and care of Dr. Wooddell. I couldn’t be any more delighted with my new smile.” Nelson Slye, Davidsonville, MD

Schedule An Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wooddell or Dr. Passaro, contact our Davidsonville dentist office at (410) 343-7075. We welcome patients from the Annapolis area and many local communities and look forward to meeting with you to discuss your needs and concerns.