The DC Endodontic Center is located in a new state-of-the-art facility where we offer the 'latest and the greatest' treatment and technology options available. At the DC Endodontic Center, we continually seek opportunities to enhance our knowledge and skills.
In an effort to become 'green', we are a completely paperless facility. All communication, including patient charts as well as all images (x-rays), are digital, which minimizes the amount of paper, printing, and most important, radiation to our patients while avoiding the use of developing chemicals hazardous to the environment. The use of digital affords us instant and current communication with our patients and their dental team.
All endodontic procedures in this office are performed under the operating microscope. Microscope enhanced endodontics allows complete visualization of the root canal system. High-resolution digital images, from the microscope, are taken during procedures and are included in reports to the referring doctors. These images greatly enhance the communication between offices. Internal problems such as resorption defects and fractures can also be directly visualized and communicated to the patient and referring dentist. Dr. Noguera is committed to staying on the cutting edge of technology. We use the newest generation of digital sensors for radiographs (X rays) with portable x-ray sources. This results in the highest image quality with less radiation exposure than previous sensors, and much less radiation than conventional film. Today, we also offer cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT). This exciting new technology allows us to visualize the teeth and supporting structures in 3-D, thereby allowing us to accurately diagnose and treat lesions that were impossible to detect with conventional film which is 2-dimensional.
Many advancements have happened in endodontics in the last ten years. There are numerous clinical improvements, new dental materials as well as technological advancements which enable us to treat teeth with more precision and a higher rate of success. The operating microscope and the CBCT has enabled us to visualize, treat and resolve problems which not so many years ago would have been impossible to treat or would ultimately have required an extraction.
Dr. Noguera is a board-certified endodontist, who has been in private practice for more than 20 years. She received her undergraduate dental education from the Universidad Metropolitana in Barranquilla, Colombia. She then proceeded to further her education in the U.S.A. at the University of Maryland where she received an M.S. in Oral Biology from the Graduate School, as well as a Certificate in Endodontics through Baltimore College of Dental Surgery in 1988. Dr. Noguera achieved the highest level of excellence recognized by the dental profession in 1994 when she became a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.
Dr. Noguera is an active member of numerous dental associations including the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, the International and the American College of Dentists, and the College of Diplomates of the American Association of Endodontists. She is a proud past president of the District of Columbia Dental Society, the Edward C Penick Endodontic Study Club, and the Maimonides Dental Society. Most recently, Dr. Noguera was elected Delegate of the District of Columbia to the ADA.
Dr. Noguera is happily married to Dr. Ali Fassihi and is the proud mother of three daughters: Eliana, Maryam, and Roxana. In her spare time, she enjoys and supports the Music and Arts, reading and sitting by the water.
LaTanya is a native Washingtonian with a background in Hospitality, but has always had an interest in healthcare. After almost 10 years in the hotel industry, she decided to take her vast customer service knowledge and skills and switch careers. She is the proud mom of one daughter. She enjoys crafting, reading, and traveling.
Zena will welcome you when you arrive. She will be happy to assist you with any insurance or financial questions you may have. Zena is originally from the East African island Zanzibar, and also spent two years in Spain. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Endodontics. She speaks fluent English, Swahili, and Spanish. She is the proud mom of one son, Tariq. She likes cooking, traveling, dancing, and singing.
Leo started working with Dr. Noguera as her assistant more than 15years ago. After a short hiatus, she decided to return and rejoin the team. We are thrilled to have her back. Leo has a vast education in dentistry from Ecuador, and she also has several years of experience in the pharmaceutical field. Leo will make you very comfortable during your endodontic procedure.
Suzie has worked in dentistry since 2006. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Haiti, but it was going to be both expensive and time consuming to retrain here in the U.S. One day when had a toothache, her dentist told her she could save her tooth by having a root canal. Suzie became fascinated with the entire process of endodontics through which she could avoid an extraction and she could continue the use of her natural tooth. She began to study dental assisting and has worked in endodontics ever since. She speaks Creole and French fluently. She loves her twelve year old cat, Petit.. Hespeaks French too!
Carlotta's warm smile lights up the room and her bubbly personality will make you feel you have a new best friend. She is a wife and mother of 3 girls and a boy. She has a background in mortuary science, where she loved providing support and comfort to families. Now, she is changing careers to dental assisting and loving every minute of it! She and Dr. Noguera attended the annual TDO software meeting last fallin San Diego, where she greatly enhanced her knowledge of endodontics.