Restoring the Worn Dentition with Drs. Woody Wooddell and Joe Passaro


About the Course

Worn dentition cases present special and unique challenges for the restorative dentist. In order to treat these cases effectively and predictably, a comprehensive plan must be developed. Applying a systematic diagnostic protocol to worn dentition cases enables the practitioner to identify the cause, develop a plan and successfully carry out the treatment. It is imperative to properly diagnose the etiology of wear in order to eliminate those processes on the dental restorations. The adaptive processes that have resulted from the wear then need to be understood in order to determine corrective repositioning of the dental and gingival structures. A thorough knowledge of esthetic parameters, occlusion and restorative techniques gives the practitioner the tools necessary not only to provide successful comprehensive esthetic and functional restorations, but to also be able to effectively communicate the essential issues to patients that enable them to make the restorative choice that is right for them.

Having a system of approach to wear cases eliminates the multiple frustrations in how to diagnose the patient, achieve patient acceptance and execute the treatment. A Systematic Treatment Evaluation Protocol (STEP™) will be demonstrated that identifies patient esthetic parameters and determines the definitive tooth position for any wear case. You will also learn how the STEP™ system provides an accurate and easily understood tool to develop treatment plans and communicate to the patient, members of the interdisciplinary team and the dental laboratory.

As part of this one and a half day workshop, students are requested to bring their own cases for planning – with mounted study casts, photographs and charting.  Functional wax-ups will be accomplished as time allows, making this a unique and valuable educational experience.

In this workshop, you will learn:

• Etiology of wear – attrition, erosion and abrasion.

• Using STEP (Systematic Treatment Evaluation Protocol) to analyze the patient’s conditions and determine their treatment options.

• Understanding occlusion and the envelop of function – developing anterior guidance.

• The six options for gaining restorative space and which ones to use for each case.

• The importance of using photographs and PowerPoint to develop treatment plans and communicate to the patient,

members of the interdisciplinary team and the dental laboratory.

• Material selection for severe wear cases.

• Sequencing and long-term phasing.

About the Instructors

Both graduates of the University of Maryland Dental School, Drs. James B. Wooddell and Joseph C. Passaro have practiced together for thirty year and maintain a Comprehensive Restorative and Esthetic Dentistry practice in Davidsonville, Maryland.  They have studied at the Dawson Center for Advanced Dental Study, the Piper Education and Research Center, the Seattle Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and under the tutelage of Dr. Jack Turbyfill.  Frank Spear, director of Spear Education, has been their mentor in the integration of esthetics and function as well as treatment planning, restorative materials and techniques, and photography.

Over the last several years, they have converted over 90 immediately-loaded full-arch implant cases utilizing the latest technologies. Their approach to implant supported prostheses marries the latest technologies with the art and science of dentistry as taught by the masters of dentistry. In 2010, Drs. Wooddell and Passaro launched the Chesapeake Dental Education Center (CDEC), an institute for developing and enhancing restorative and esthetic dentistry skills for general practitioners and specialists.

Course Hours

Friday,  8:00am–5:00pm
Saturday,  8:00am–12:00pm

Tuition $695
CE Credits – 12


Attend this course and recieve a FREE diagnostic wax-up for cases presented at the course – courtesy Bay View Dental Lab.

Download a registration form to mail or fax or register online.

A State-of-the-Art Teaching Facility

A State-of-the-Art Teaching Facility

Along with our state-of-art conference room containing twenty-four work stations, our facility includes an extensive library for dental research and study, a break room with kitchen, and a relaxing veranda with gardens.  
A Progressive Dental Lab
The Mid-Atlantic Center Center is the educational facility of Bay View Dental Lab - a Dawson accredited, full service laboratory.  
A Cutting Edge Dental Practice
The personal practice of Dr. John C. Cranham is connected directly to the MACADS’ conference center and education facility. Working dental surroundings, room to move, and the ability to observe from the dentists’ perspective are all positive benefits at the Mid-Atlantic Center.