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About Family Dental Group

The Family Dental Group is an outstanding general dentistry practice in Gardner, Paxton, and Northborough, Massachusetts. It’s staffed by a highly skilled team of dentists and dental hygienists. The practice cares for patients of all ages in a welcoming, relaxing, and friendly setting.

The Family Dental Group providers have faithfully served the community for decades, offering exceptional dental treatment. They always accept new patients and welcome them to the practice.

The Family Dental Group uses the latest advances in dental technology, including iTero® scanning, digital X-rays, Invisalign®, Waterlase® laser technology, CEREC same-day crowns and veneers, and Carestream CBCT imaging.

Unlike other practices that only offer general or cosmetic dentistry, the Family Dental Group provides comprehensive dental solutions that handle all patients’ oral care needs. The practice offers exceptional financing, convenient appointment times, oral surgery, pediatric dentistry, emergency treatments, and more.

Patients struggling with dental decay, tooth damage, discoloration, gum disease, and other oral health problems can turn to the Family Dental Group team for superior care. The practice offers same-day crowns, bridges, veneers, dental implants, dentures, tooth extractions, bone grafting, and gum disease treatment.

Additional offerings include metal-free fillings, white composite fillings, teeth whitening, and root canals. The Family Dental Group provides comprehensive new patient visits, pain-free dentistry, fluoride treatments, sealants, and other preventive services.

The Family Dental Group specialists warmly welcome patients to the practice and enjoy exceeding their dental care expectations.

Schedule a dental exam at the Family Dental Group by phone or request one online today.

Gardner Office
Gardner Office
Northborough Office
Northborough Office
Paxton Office
Paxton Office
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Easy Payment Options
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Single Visit Cerec Crowns
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Northborough Accepts MassHealth
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Three Convenient Locations
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Financing through Care Credit
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Welcoming & Comforting Environment
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Offers Pain Free Techniques & Laser Dentistry
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Evening Hours Available & Saturday Hours in Paxton
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Making Your Smile Beautiful
Sometimes we forget that good hygiene contributes to our overall personal health. At Family Dental Group of Northborough, Paxton & Gardner we not only focus on providing routine cleanings, cosmetic procedures, and orthodontics, but also preventative maintenance and education. Knowing how to properly care for your mouth once you’re outside of the doctors chair is just as important as coming in for your routine checkups twice a year. If it’s been quite some time since your check in with a dentist, you should definitely reach out to our offices to set up an exam with one of our oral care experts.
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Meet Our Dentists

Nikhil Lavana, DMD

Nikhil Lavana, DMD

General, Cosmetic & Invisalign Dentist

Nikhil Lavana, DMD, is one of the general dentists practicing at Family Dental Group, which has locations in Gardner, Paxton, and Northborough, Massachusetts. 

He graduated with honors in 2000 from Boston University’s Goldman School of Dentistry. He’s a 1995 graduate with honors from Pune University Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College in Dhankawadi, India He completed a master’s degree in dental biomaterials at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Lavana is an active member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and its local affiliate, the Worcester Dental Society. He is also a member of the local chapter of the Spear® Study Club, a dental practice continuing education effort by Spear Education LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dr. Lavana takes great pride in practicing dentistry and being on the cutting edge of dental technology. He is educated on single crown technology (CEREC) and dental lasers (Waterlase MD® from BIOLASE® Inc.), used for restorations without anesthesia, especially in children and periodontal surgeries with quick healing results.

Dr. Lavana has logged countless continuing education hours to master these technologies and is a certified expert in the field. He’s gentle and compassionate toward his patients. He’s comfortable doing all aspects of general dentistry, including veneers and cosmetic work, implant restorations, crown and bridge, root canal therapy, extractions, and tooth-colored fillings.

He is certified in Invisalign® (invisible braces) and is on the preferred provider list for providing treatment.

Dr. Lavana completed Dr. Frank Spears’ workshops in aesthetic dentistry and is working toward his fellowship with the American Association of General Dentistry.

Dr. Lavana has a keen interest in sports and movies. You can engage in conversations with him about sports of all kinds.

Archana Karkhanis-Lavana, DMD

Archana Karkhanis-Lavana, DMD

Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist & Dental Implant Provider & Dental Implants

Archana Karkhanis-Lavana, DMD, is one of the general dentists at Family Dental Group, which has locations in Gardner, Paxton, and Northborough, Massachusetts. 

Dr. Karkhanis-Lavana graduated in 2000 from Tufts University Dental School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in dentistry in 1995 from Pune University’s Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College in Dhankawadi, India.

Dr. Karkhanis-Lavana is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and its local affiliate, the Worcester Dental Society.

She completed a fellowship from the International Dental Implant Association and is placing implants at the Gardner office of the Family Dental Group.

Dr. Karkhanis-Lavana strongly believes that her patients deserve the best available care. To achieve that proficiency, she is educated in single-visit crown technology (CEREC) and dental laser technology to reduce anesthesia and achieve painless dentistry.

Dr.Karkhanis-Lavana is compassionate and gentle toward her patients. She and her staff will strive to make dental visits painless and anxiety-free.

Dr. Karkhanis-Lavana finished the Frank Spears Institute Course in Aesthetic Excellence at Scottsdale, Arizona.

In her free time, Dr. Karkhanis-Lavana is an avid reader and a travel enthusiast. She loves spending time with her twin daughters, Kiara and Karisma, and her son, Ruhan. She has been happily married to Dr. Nikhil Lavana for 20 years.

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What Our Clients are Saying

"The best dentist office I've ever been to. The staff were amazingly helpful and got me in within a couple of days. We're able to help me with a payment plan..."

Amber S.
"I was very pleased with professionalism of this office. My first visit here and they made me feel so welcome. They are very thorough, gentle..."

Michelle C.
"Everyone is extremely kind and helpful and gentle with your cleaning. I had no issues at all and would recommend this dental practice!"

Matt S.
"Great customer service I’ve only been seen there twice so far and they already know my face when I walk in the door... everyone is so professional and friendly"

Robert P.
"The staff is incredible friendly & kind. I would definitely recommend this dental office to any friend, and I will also be going back for my appointments in the future."

Joshua D.
"Everything was great nice clean people were friendly"

Cynthia A.
"The entire staff is kind, courteous, and helpful. I never thought I'd say this, but I actually enjoy going to the Dentist."

Bobbie H.
"They did a GREAT job!! I would highly recommend!!"

Julie D.
"Great practice here! They are punctual and have fabulous staff!"

"Gardner Family Dental is top notch. I have received excellent care at this facility and recommend them wholeheartedly!"

Jim L.
"Mr. And Mrs dr. Lavana are amazing providers... The staff makes you feel like family and does not judge you at all."

Jamie N.
"Archana has been a great dentist. She makes sure that the patient is treated correctly and I like the fact that she follows up after the visit"

Hema I.

Insurance We Accept

We accept most insurance plans. No insurance, no problem. Ask about our smile savers plan!

Family Dental Group of Gardner

380 Elm Street, Suite 1
Gardner, MA 01440

Hours Of Operation:

Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Family Dental Group of Paxton

581 Pleasant Street,
Paxton, MA 01612

Hours Of Operation:

Monday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday: Closed


318 Main Street, Suite180
Northborough, MA 01532

Hours Of Operation:

Monday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed