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Sometimes a patient receives the news that the pulp of his or her tooth has been injured or has become diseased. When the infected pulp (containing nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues) is not removed, pain and swelling can result. The good news is that the tooth does not always have to be extracted. An endodontic procedure called root canal treatment can enable a patient to save his or her tooth.

Endodontists are dental specialists who treat diseased or injured tooth pulp and tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. They perform dental procedures such as root canal treatment to remove the pulp from a tooth's canal, clean it, and seal it off from further decay. Once root canal treatment is completed, a final restoration of the tooth is required to maintain the integrity of the tooth structure and protect the tooth's canal. The tooth may be restored by a general dentist or prosthodontist with a crown or restorative materials (composite or silver filling).

Manuel R. Gomez Manuel R. Gomez, D.D.S.
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Endodontics

Before becoming a faculty member of the Department of Endodontics, Dr. Gómez was in private endodontic practice in Bogotá , Colombia from 1980-2003. During this time he was also a faculty member at the College of Dentistry, Department of Endodontics, Javeriana University and was president of the Association of Endodontists of Bogotá for eight consecutive years. He currently a clinical associate professor and also a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

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Dr. William T. Johnson William T. Johnson, D.D.S., M.S.
Department of Endodontics

Dr. Johnson joined the faculty in 1991 after eight years at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry where he served as chair of the Department of Endodontics from 1989 to 1991.

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Fabricio B. Teixeira Fabricio B. Teixeira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Endodontics

Before coming to Iowa in 2014, Dr. Teixeira was a faculty member in the Department of Endodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - School of Dentistry and was also the director of the Advanced Education in Endodontics program.

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Anne E. Williamson Anne E. Williamson, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Professor, Department of Endodontics
Program Director, Advanced Education in Endodontics

Prior to coming to Iowa, Dr. Williamson was in private practice in the Nebraska cities of Lincoln and Plattsmouth. She joined the Department of Endodontics as a clinical instructor in 2003.

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