At Neponset Valley OMS Associates, Dr. Lawrence Herman, Dr. Sara Runnels, Dr. Robert Memory, and Dr. Kurt Herman provide a comprehensive range of oral and maxillofacial procedures to address a broad spectrum of needs. As experienced, oral and maxillofacial surgeons in Walpole, Dedham and Wellesley, our doctors are trained to provide the precise care you or any member of your family requires to support optimal oral health, function, and appearance.
With extensive training in all areas of dental anesthesia and sedation, our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can ensure your comfort and alleviate any anxiety associated with a procedure for a comfortable and stress-free experience.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
Dr. Memory joined Neponset Valley Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in 2007. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in 1995, and graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1999. After dental school, he completed a general practice residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey and a six year oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. During his residency training, Dr. Memory received a medical degree from Columbia University.Read More
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.Read More