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About Dr. Herbst


Dr. Herbst received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Georgetown University. To be an endodontist, Dr. Herbst trained three additional years in hospital dentistry and endodontics (root canal therapy).

On his own, he continued to reach for the highest level of his profession by passing a series of examinations to attain the status of Board Certified Specialist and Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics.

What is a Board Certified Specialist?

Board Certification is the highest level of achievement in Endodontics. Less than one-third of Endodontists are Board-Certified. A Board-Certified Endodontist has satisfied all requirements of the Board Certification process of the American Board of Endodontics.

What is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics?

A Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics status is awarded to qualified endodontists who have demonstrated diagnostic skill, clinical proficiency, and professional judgment of a level that ensures the highest quality of care for patients. They have taken an examination administered by a panel of experts of their peers and have demonstrated an exemplary level of knowledge, understanding, and clinical expertise in Endodontics. Three exams over several years are completed which include a written exam, case submissions and finally an oral examination conducted by the Directors of the American Board of Endodontics.


Dr. Herbst has treated thousands of patients in his career. Below are a few examples of actual patients' experiences that they have shared with us:

    Thank you once again for the very prompt appointment we received and the caring service you provided. It's nice to know that there is another individual in this world that has as wacky a sense of humor as my Ernie. We loved visiting with both of you. Next time we need some help we will definitely be in touch. - Barbara A., (wife of a retired, wheelchair bound Military Veteran patient)

    Dr. Herbst is the best endodontist I have been to (he is my fourth). I was referred to him by my dentist who I have been going to for the past 20 years and have total confidence in. I had gone to my dentist to have a cracked filling repaired and upon xray, he found an abscess. He called Dr. Herbst to see if he could see me for a consultation. I went to Dr. Herbst's office that afternoon as an emergency and he did the root canal right then. I had no pain, not even the next day. Dr. Herbst explained the procedure in great detail in easy to understand language and answered my questions. His bedside manner was excellent! He also took the time to hand write instructions for me before I left there. His office is immaculately clean and him and his staff were awesome. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of an endodontist. - Peggy G.

    Dr. Herbst is a true find! He came highly recommended and after going to him, I can see why. I awoke on a Saturday morning with a lot of discomfort in my back molar. My regular dentist referred me to Dr. Herbst (he is a root canal specialist). Dr. Herbst was able to see me on emergency in his office (on a Saturday!). Karen, his office manager, made me feel at ease and Dr. Herbst has a very kind and gentle manner. As far as the root canal, it was a breeze! I mean I didn't feel any pain at all. It felt similar to getting a filling. To top it all off, Dr. Herbst asked me to call him and let him know how I was doing the next day (a Sunday!). I will surely go back to him if I ever need any other future treatments and will join in and highly recommend him. (I never thought I would feel this way after having a root canal!) - MH

    Dr. Herbst is the best endodontist I have seen (he is my third). He enjoys answering all my questions and is good at explaining the procedures he uses. He did an excellent job with my root canal, all the time paying attention to my comfort as well. He is kind, caring, and has a gentle humor, all of which helped me be confident that I had made a great choice when I called his office. I started telling other people about Dr. Herbst and was pleased to find that many knew of him and said they admired him personally and professionally. - Eduardo G.

    Wonderful! Wonderful! - TB

    Outstanding treatment! - AH

    Outstanding! Rare breed! - AR

    Thank you for a wonderful & painless experience! - Larry A.

    Loved the service! Thanks a million! - JC

    [Dr Herbst] walked through [the procedure] pleasantly from beginning to end. Most educational, professional and personal [dentist] I've had to date. Thank you all for your time and expertise. It is appreciated! - Jonah H.

    Painless [and] relaxing treatment! - PW

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