Meet Dr. Phil Herlihey A Family Dentist with over 25 Years of Experience

Dr. Phil Herlihey

Dr. Phil Herlihey

Dr. Phil Herlihey is a native of Elmhurst Illinois and a graduate of York High School.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.  Dr. Herlihey received his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1992, at Loyola University, College of Dentistry with honor in periodontics.  Dr. Herlihey believes strongly in continued education for himself and his staff. He has received additional training in Endodontics, Orthodontics, cosmetic procedures, laser surgical techniques, the placement of dental implants, and advanced bone grafting techniques.  He has been placing dental implants since 2009.

Professional Affiliations

ADAAcademy of General Dentistry

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Excellent dentist. There isn't enough positive I can say about Dr Phil Herlihey and his staff in such a small space. They always take care of me and my kids, and our teeth look beautiful as a result. I could not imagine going any where else. I HIGHLY recommend Dr Phil Herlihey.

Bruce B.

What Makes a Great Family Dentist?

Family dentists have extensive knowledge about a broad range of dental procedures, enabling them to provide dental care for the whole family. A family dentist should be highly experienced in oral care for children, teens, and adults including basic procedures for treatment of cavities, gum disease, and cracked or chipped teeth. It’s important for the practice to offer preventative services such as sealants and fluoride application, and also perform restorative procedures like root canals, crowns, implants, and bridges.

A good dentist emphasizes education, especially for younger patients. Time should be taken to explain procedures and next steps that can be taken at home. Another key indicator of excellent family dentistry is how the practice addresses dental anxiety. The dentists's staff should encourage patients to talk about their concerns. For example, many worry about constant gagging or are afraid of not being sufficiently numbed after receiving anesthetics. Sensitivity to these aspects plays a significant role in differentiating good family dentistry from a mediocre practice. Finally, a family-focused dentist offers adequate emergency coverage, which is especially important for small children.

Gentle Family Dentistry Services

Here at Gentle Family Dentistry, we take our practice to the next level with a fully trained staff that offers orthodontics, endodontics, and periodontics services. We have extra time slots built into our schedules, allowing us to treat emergencies when you need it, and we also stay open until 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Gentle Family Dentistry is conveniently located and is directed by Dr. Phil Herlihey, a Rockford-area resident for over 25 years. Dr. Herlihey is associated with American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Winnebago County Dental Society, Illinois Dental Society, and Chicago Dental Society

New patients may visit the office to experience our friendly, professional atmosphere with a consultation. Our staff can walk you through your entire treatment plan and address any questions you or your family members may have. Our practice's goal is to support quality dental care for families in a soothing, relaxed environment.

Take care of your family's oral health and arrange a visit today!

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Shana W.

October 12, 2018

Love Love Love everyone there! Dr Phil is funny and always does a great job, even when you are in pain! PLUS he has called me from his personal phone EVERY TIME I've had an extensive procedure later that night to check on me :-) View On Facebook

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Krista D.

September 24, 2018

I would give more stars if I could. I have a lot of anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist. Dr. Herlihey and all of his staff go above and beyond to make sure I am as comfortable as possible. Thank you everyone at Gentle Family Dentistry! View On Google

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Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment! Cara N.

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Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment! Cara N.

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2004 E Riverside Blvd Loves Park, IL 61111

Friday and Saturday: by appointment only

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Loves Park Office

2004 E Riverside Blvd Loves Park, IL 61111

Friday and Saturday: by appointment only

More Info Directions (815) 633-3865

Message

Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment! Cara N.