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Dr. Charles Herbert of Endodontics, PA

Oct 17, 2014 02:11PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Dr. Charles Herbert of Endodontics, P.A. in Annapolis gets to the “root of the problem” quickly with each of his patients— without the “ouch!” This top dentist specializes in non-surgical and surgical root canal treatments.

Dr. Herbert’s endodontic (treatment inside the tooth) procedures treat cracked teeth, traumatic injuries involving dislodged, or avulsed teeth, and provide much-needed relief to patients with non-surgical root canals or surgery. Generally, a root canal is all that is needed to save teeth with injured pulp from extraction. However, occasionally, this non-surgical procedure is not the answer and endodontic surgery is performed to locate fractures or hidden canals that do not appear on x-rays, but still manifest a great deal of pain.

“It may sound trite, but when someone comes in with the worst pain of their life and leaves smiling and pain-free, it really makes my day. Seeing actual radiographic healing secondary to a successful root canal procedure never gets old. It’s amazing how well the body can heal and regenerate once a tooth is cleaned of a necrotic pulp teeming with bacteria!”
–Dr. Charles Herbert

Dr. Herbert studied biology at Johns Hopkins University and received his Bachelor of Science in 1990. He proceeded to The University of Maryland School of Dentistry and received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1995. Two years later Dr. Herbert was awarded his certificate in Endodontics from the University of Illinois in Chicago. While in Chicago, Herbert completed a three-year endodontic residency, studied endodontic literature extensively, and treated thousands of patients with endodontic problems. He joined Endodontics, P.A. in 1997 and has been a partner since 1999.

Endodontists like Dr. Herbert are expertly trained to deal with the some of the most troublesome oral health issues—like teeth that have smaller, calcified canals with severe curves. Endodontics, P.A. is equipped with state-of-the-art surgical microscopes to increase visualization, adding greatly to their positive health outcomes.

Plus, their office adheres to rigorous standards of infection control advocated by state and federal agencies, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American Dental Association. Dr. Herbert and his colleagues use autoclave and barrier techniques to eliminate any risk of infection, so each and every visit is as safe and effective as possible.

And, as a parent and athlete himself, Dr. Herbert warns parents that many traumatic dental injuries due to sports are time-sensitive, and the sooner they are taken care of, the better the overall prognosis. Dr. Herbert has an answering service which takes calls and alerts him immediately when a problem is an emergency. In fact, he’s been known to come into the office at a moment’s notice on weeknights or weekends when a problem cannot wait until the next business day.

Dr. Charles Herbert
Endodontics, PA
888 Bestgate Road, Suite 220
Annapolis, MD


Q. Is it a myth? Is root canal treatment painful?

A. It is absolutely a myth! Modern technology, better local anesthetics, and advancements in endodontic therapy have made the root canal procedure as efficient as a dental filling. Years ago, it would take several visits and hours in the chair to adequately perform a root canal. Today, with digital radiographs, surgical operating microscopes, rotary instrumentation, and improved filling methods, most of these procedures can be completed in less than an hour, with little or no discomfort for the patient. I’m here to change the painful root canal perception one tooth at a time!

Dr. Charles Herbert, Endodontics, PA