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Neponset Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

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Welcome to Neponset Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Walpole and Dedham! We know that you have many choices when it comes to managing your oral and maxillofacial surgical needs. We are honored that you have chosen our practice.

Who We Are:

We are a family of like-minded and skilled surgeons. Dr. Lawrence Herman founded our practice in 1994. Dr. Herman completed his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his residency training at the Albert Einstein college of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He is a native of Cambridge and has been an active member of our community living and raising his family here.

Dr. Herman welcomed Dr. Sara Runnels into the practice in 2003. She is originally from Maine and relocated here after graduating from Tufts University and completing her residency and medical degree programs at Columbia University in New York City. Dr. Kurt Herman, his son, returned here to his hometown of Walpole after completing his dental degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his residency training at the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston.

Our name, Neponset Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, reflects the local communities that we serve and strive to provide honest, loving, dedicated care.

Our Practice Philosophy:

We fully understand that having oral and maxillofacial surgery or any dental or medical procedure is very stressful. We will take time to help you understand your diagnosis and discuss treatment options. We will work with you to create a plan that you feel comfortable with and confident undertaking. We are devoted to providing innovative and safe surgical care with the emphasis on healing and positive outcomes. Our patients are our focus and our reason for being in this business.

What Sets Us Apart?

We are honest and we will treat you like family. We will take the time you need and answer all your questions. We will strive to make you feel as comfortable as possible. We are always available: 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for emergency calls. Unlike our competitors, we even offer Saturday hours for your convenience. Our dedicated practice management team will work with you to navigate through the, often confusing, insurance process. Our front desk staff will assist you in scheduling your appointment at your earliest convenience. Our caring surgical assistants will help prepare you for your recovery at home.

Our professional team of surgeons, assistants and business staff are committed to keeping you, the center of our care team, healthy and happy.

In other words, NVOMS cares.

Boston Magazine Top Dentists 2022Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery MDS MDS 2 AAOMS

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Dental Implants and Implant Related Bone Grafting

Losing a tooth due to injury, dental decay, or gum disease can happen. Implants help improve eating, avoid bone loss, and are oftentimes less destructive to adjacent teeth compared to fixed bridgework. In certain situations, bone grafting may be necessary to provide a strong foundation for the implant.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, which are also known as the third molars, are the last permanent teeth to develop in the oral cavity as well as the final ones to come into place. Due to lack of eruption, partial eruption or malposition, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean leading to problems with the adjacent teeth (dental decay), gum disease, infections, crowding and even pathology such as cysts.

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Exposure of Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is one that fails to erupt and remains impacted by varying amounts of overlying soft tissue and bone. In conjunction with orthodontic treatment, otherwise healthy but impacted teeth can be brought into proper dental arch position and function.

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Oral Pathology

If tissue abnormalities or lesions are present in the oral and maxillofacial area, it must be determined if they are the result of congenital or genetic conditions, infection, trauma, environmental causes, have developed for another medical reason or if they are idiopathic (without a known cause).

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Anesthesia offers individuals with general anxiety about going to the oral surgeon, or fears about a specific oral surgery procedure, the opportunity to have a stress free and more comfortable experience.

Meet Our Doctors


Walpole Oral Surgeon

Our Surgical Team

Neponset Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates is home to a talented team of doctors with decades of experience helping patients. To learn more about a specific doctor, simply click their name above.

What is an OMS?

The Path to Become an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon


Walpole Oral Surgeon

Lawrence T. Herman, DMD, MD

Dr. Herman is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts and has been practicing Oral and Maxillofacial surgery in the Boston area since 1976. He has received degrees from McGill University in Montreal and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial surgery residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Herman is Board Certified and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is also Board Certified by the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and is trained and licensed to provide anesthesia services in an out patient setting.

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Sara Runnels, DMD, MD, FACS

Dr. Sara Runnels has been practicing oral and maxillofacial surgery in the Boston Area since 2003. Born and raised in Maine, she received her undergraduate degree from Boston College in 1993. Dr. Runnels graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1997. She completed a six-year residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in 2003. During her residency, Dr. Runnels also received her medical degree from Columbia University.

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Kurt Herman, DMD

Dr. Kurt Herman joined Neponset Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in the summer of 2011. He is a native of Massachusetts and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Vermont in 1998. He received his D.M.D. degree from The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 2007. He completed his four year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC in 2011. He is trained in full scope Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery including dental alveolar surgery, orthognathic surgery, pathology, facial trauma, implants, and bone-grafting procedures.

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