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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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Fabricio B. Teixeira
Fabricio B. Teixeira, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Department of Endodontics
Program Director, Advanced Education in Endodontics

Dr. Fabricio Teixeira is Professor and Chair of the Department of Endodontics at the University of Iowa, and he has been appointed as the Richard E. Walton Professor of Endodontics. Before coming to Iowa, he served as Director of the Advanced Education Program in Endodontics at the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

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Anne E. Williamson
Anne E. Williamson, D.D.S., M.S.
Associate Professor, Department of 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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