Meet Dr. Heher
With over 40 years of experience, Dr. Joseph Heher has dedicated his career to enhancing and restoring the smiles of his Salisbury, MD and Delmarva-area patients. His practice is where several other dentists have chosen to receive dental care for themselves and their families. Utilizing innovative techniques, such as microdentistry and advanced dental technologies, Dr. Heher creates customized treatment plans that fit the needs and goals of each of his patients. His experience and skill, along with his trained artistic eye, make Dr. Heher a sought-after dental professional for preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures. At his private practice, Dr. Heher’s goal is to allow each patient to feel comfortable and confident in their rejuvenated smile and to know that every patient treated is given the same degree of care he provides to his own family. This is why other dentists have chosen this practice to provide dental care for themselves.
Dr. Heher is highly skilled in many aspects of modern dentistry including preventive, general, cosmetic, restorative, and advanced treatments. For patients who want to enhance the appearance of their smile, he provides veneers, teeth whitening, and dental bonding and recontouring. As a part of general dentistry, Dr. Heher offers dental examinations, oral cancer screenings, dental cleanings, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, periodontal scaling and root planing treatments (also referred to as “deep cleanings”). Dr. Heher also performs a wide array of restorative procedures such as the fabrication and placement of dental crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bridges, dentures, and tooth-colored fillings. Additionally, he offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation options for individuals who may experience anxieties during their dental visit.
Education and Advanced Studies
After receiving his doctorate in dentistry degree from the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, Dr. Heher devoted three years of service to his country as a Naval Dental Officer at the U.S. Naval Station on Guam and the Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He began his private practice in Salisbury, MD after completing his military service.
Continued professional study helps Dr. Heher remain at the forefront of modern dentistry. He has taken thousands of hours of post-graduate training both nationally and internationally in cosmetic dentistry, sleep disorder therapy, alleviation of dental apprehension, restorative dentistry, nonsurgical periodontal therapy, cranial osteopathy, preventive dentistry, and nutrition. Every year, Dr. Heher exceeds the minimum continuing education requirements required by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners.
In 2009, Dr. Heher was invited to join the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, where he continues to share his expertise with an upcoming generation of new dentists. In October of 2010, Dr. Heher’s skill was acknowledged by What’s Up? Eastern Shore magazine in a confidential survey of dentists from throughout the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland for his quality of dental care. Unlike other “best of” listings which tend to be popularity contests favoring larger dental practices, he was the only general dentist selected by his peers from the lower Eastern Shore area. Dr. Heher is also an accomplished author and has been published in both regional and national professional dental journals.
Salisbury dentist, Joseph M. Heher, DDS, FIDC, was inducted as a Fellow into the preeminent and renowned International College of Dentists, the oldest dental honor society in the world, in recognition of his meritorious service and contributions to the art and science of the dental profession.
Membership into the College, which has chapters in more than 120 countries, is offered to outstanding dental professionals who can demonstrate they’ve made significant contributions to the profession, their community and have been thoroughly vetted through a rigorous peer review process. Only 3-4% of dentists world-wide are invited to become members.
In dentistry, a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists is the highest honor a dental professional can achieve. At the 86th Convocation of the International College of Dentists held in Washington, DC, 310 dentists from across the country were inducted. Dr. Heher was the only dentist inducted from the Delmarva Peninsula.
“I’m honored to have been nominated, much less accepted, into such a prestigious professional organization,” said Heher. ““Dentistry isn’t just my profession, it’s also my passion. And I’m grateful for that to be recognized by my peers.”
Heher, a graduate of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery of the University of Maryland, has focused his career on providing cutting-edge, cosmetic and microscopic dentistry in a warm, welcoming atmosphere that is designed specifically for the care of apprehensive patients.
He is a member of the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland Dental School, where he teaches clinical skills to future dentists. Dr. Heher is the previous president of the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Preventive Dentistry and the Eastern Shore Dental Society. He is the long-time president of the Salisbury Dental Study Club.
When he’s not seeing patients or teaching dentistry, Heher is an active member of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County, and was named Rotarian of the Year in 2010. He also chairs the Rotary club’s scholarship committee, which has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to Eastern Shore high school students during his tenure as chairman.
Dr. Heher has served as a leader and holds membership in several prestigious regional, national and international dental organizations including:
- The International College of Dentists, Fellow
- International College of Dentists, Maryland Chapter, current member
- The American Dental Association, current life member
- The American Association of Cosmetic Dentistry, current member
- The Maryland State Dental Association, lifetime and current member
- The Eastern Shore Dental Society, former president and current member
- The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, former member
- The Salisbury Dental Study Club, founder and current president
- The American Society for Preventive Dentistry, (now defunct) former Maryland Chapter President
Family and Community
Dr. Heher has been married for over 50 years and has one daughter. In his spare time, his hobbies include photography, music, and dentistry. Dr. Heher realizes dentistry usually is not considered a hobby, but his passion for his profession makes it an intrinsic and enduring part of his life.
Dedicated to serving his community, Dr. Heher has donated pro bono dental services for many years to the Holly Center, a Maryland facility for physically and mentally disabled individuals and has provided dental care during the first Eastern Shore Mission of Mercy. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Wicomico County for over twenty years and achieved the status of a Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary’s highest honor. He was also honored to be selected as Rotarian of the Year in 2010 in recognition of his service. Dr. Heher is currently serving as the chairman of the Club’s Scholarship Committee, awarding over $100,000 in scholarships to local high school graduates for college studies. Additionally, he is a past president of the Parkside High School PTA and Salisbury School's, Parents and Friends. He also participates in local health fairs and children’s dental health month activities within his community.
In 2010, Salisbury dentist, Dr. Joseph Heher was inducted into the preeminent International College of Dentists, the oldest dental honor society in the world, in recognition of his meritorious service and contributions to the art and science of the dental profession.
Membership into the college, which has chapters in more than 120 countries, is offered to outstanding dental professionals who can demonstrate they’ve made significant contributions to the profession, their community and have been thoroughly vetted through a rigorous peer review process. Only 3 – 4% of dentists worldwide have been invited to become members.
In dentistry, a Fellowship in the International College of Dentists is one of the highest honors a dental professional can achieve. At the 86th Convocation of the International College of Dentists, held in Washington, DC, 310 dentists from around the country were inducted. Dr. Heher was the only dentist inducted from the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Dr. Heher has focused his career on providing cutting-edge, cosmetic and microscopic dentistry in a warm, welcoming atmosphere that is designed specifically for the care of apprehensive patients.
"Since my youngest son had such wonderful experience with Dr. Heher, my oldest son switched over to him and loved him. As for myself, he is my new dentist also. I no longer dread my dentist appointments. Dr. Heher and his staff are very friendly and make you feel comfortable. Let me also mention that Dr. Heher has a great sense of humor, which makes your visit much more pleasant!"
"Dr. Heher and his support staff are very knowledgeable, experienced and customer-friendly. He makes going to the dentist a joy rather than a nightmare. Most importantly, he stays apprised of the latest research and is aware of new innovations in dental care."
"I was in search of a new dentist becasue my old dentist doesnt take my insurance any more. I was referred to this dentist by a co-worker. I went and had the best initial experience. Very thorough. Dr. Heher made me feel he actually cared about the health of my whole mouth and not just my teeth. He asked tons of questions that I had not been asked before, and it wasn't questions on a sheet of paper, it was face to face. This made me feel it welcomed."
"Dr. Heher is the best dentist I've ever had work on my mouth. He has advised me over the past 12 years on oral hygiene practices that have helped me to be much healthier! His staff is also well qualified, and takes care to make you comfortable. I highly recommend this wonderfully clean, modern, and upbeat establishment!"
"Dr. Heher is a true professional who demonstrates an exceptional knowledge of current and emerging technology/best practice. Not only is Dr. Heher a highly skilled dentist but he is also kind and compassionate. So, he is wonderful with anxious patients, like me, as he takes the time to listen- a rarity with modern day physicians/ medical personnel."
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