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

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.

Dr. Phil Herlihey
Dr. Phil Herlihey

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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.

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Patient Reviews Boone and Winnebago County Love Their Dentist


Byron H.

September 24, 2020

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Got 7 crowns done, not going to say the weeks I spent waiting for the real ones was painless, but the entire process otherwise was painless, professional and very top notch. The crowns are my front top teeth so lets just say Its a 300% improvement from my cigarette stained teeth. I had quit smoking and decided to use the money I saved to crown my front teeth and it was worth every penny. Best dentist I have ever dealt with ever!

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Leslie B.

September 11, 2020

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Dr.Herlihey is fantastic along with all of his wonderful staff. He was quick, efficient, and made me want to come back, which a lot of people don’t say about dental work!

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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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