Greetings to all from Lawrence Dental Excellence!!,

As you are all probably aware, the Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, after thorough consultation with the Department of Health and the State Board of Dentistry, shut down dental offices, effective March 19. Since that time, we have been complying with the Governor’s order – remaining open for emergency procedures only to do our part to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and to deliver a different cleaning method for the dental operatory.

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Health revised its COVID-19 Dental Health Care Personnel guidance on May 8 to reflect the Governor’s strategic phased reopening plan. The revised guidance lifts the prohibition on “elective” (non-urgent) dental procedures. What does that mean for you and your family? We are ready to see you now for a vast array of dental services and needs!

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Throughout this process, our goal has been to do no harm and to protect our patients (and ourselves), just as some of us did way back in the 1980s when we faced a similar crisis with the AIDS outbreak. Our precautions changed; all procedures necessitated the use of gloves and face protection. So, we continue to follow this rapidly-changing situation and continue to put the safety and health of patients and staff first. The revised guidance further directs dental providers to apply their clinical judgment, knowledge of COVID-19 cases in their respective markets, patient and staff needs, and availability of necessary supplies when assessing whether to move forward with non-urgent and elective dental care.

As we open our doors for non-urgent and non-emergency care, we are continuing to abide by the evolving regulations issued by the state of Pennsylvania to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. Rest assured that we are also abiding by infection control protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your health is in good hands, regardless of the needs and goals that may lead you to our office.

After the dental office closure was announced, I had asserted that by the middle of May, much of this would be behind us – that we could then continue to provide what we have always provided: excellent, health-centric dental care. We are right on schedule, and we are here for you. We look forward to hearing from you and reconnecting with you and your family.

Be well and we will see you soon!
Stephen M. Lawrence, DMD and Team


Kingston, PA Dentist can Provide Tooth Extractions when Necessary

At Lawrence Dental Excellence, we are committed to preserving our patients’ oral health by providing comprehensive and conservative care whenever possible. Still, there are times when it is not possible to save every natural tooth. We always make every effort to ensure that tooth extraction is a last resort, but when it is required, you can trust our team to make the procedure as comfortable and painless as possible.

Infection, wisdom teeth problems, orthodontic correction, and traumatic injury are just a few examples of situations that may require pulling a tooth. While tooth extractions are most commonly performed on adults, there are some cases in whch a child may need to have a tooth removed.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions

  • Crowding – If you have problems with crowded teeth, tooth extraction may be recommended prior to orthodontic treatment in order to make room in the upper or lower arch.
  • Infection – Whenever possible, we will try to treat tooth infection with a traditional filling or root canal therapy. However, if the infection has advanced too far without treatment, extraction may be necessary.
  • Gum Disease – Untreated gum disease can cause loss of bone structure and lead to the loosening of teeth. When this occurs, tooth extraction may be necessary.
  • Wisdom Teeth – These third molars are commonly extracted before they erupt. Wisdom teeth can cause several problems if they are decayed, have an infection or get stuck in the jaw (impacted).

The Tooth Extraction Process

Whether you are having wisdom teeth removal, an emergency tooth extraction or any other type of extraction, we do everything possible to ensure the procedure is as painless as possible. Many tooth extractions can be performed during your regular check-up, while other times a separate appointment may be necessary.

Following tooth extraction, healthy teeth may shift out of place which can impact your bite and the health of the jawbone. We may recommend a restoration such as a dental bridge or implant in order to replace the missing teeth.

Effective Tooth Extractions in Kingston, PA

At Lawrence Dental Excellence, we provide tooth extractions for decay, disease, trauma, and other needs. If you have a tooth that you believe may be cause for concern, it’s important to make an appointment as soon as possible. Early intervention is one of the best ways to save the natural tooth. To book an appointment, call us at (570) 852-2650.

Success Stories

Always a great experience at Dr Lawrence's office.

Always a great experience at Dr Lawrence’s office. They are now like close friends to me. I originally came to Dr Lawrence with some serious dental issues and he not only provided solutions that others either could not or would not …. but …. far exceeded my expectations. I now have people approaching me to compliment my smile and tell me my teeth are spectacular. Crazy! But, more importantly …… I no longer laugh with my hand over my mouth. And for me …… that is everything!

Margaret H.

Margaret H.

The staff there is AMAZING.

Yesterday was my first appointment with Dr. Lawrence.
To be honest, it was my first time being in a dentist’s chair in seven years. The staff there is AMAZING. They were so nice and made sure I was comfortable. My dental hygienist was awesome and calmed my anxiety. I wouldn’t recommend anyone besides Dr. Lawrence. Five stars!

Nikki M.

Nikki M.

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