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


Improve Your Oral Health and Your Smile with Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment in Kingston, PA

Gum Disease is one of the most common dental conditions and one of the most serious. When left untreated, gum disease can cause extensive damage to the gum tissue and bone structure that supports the teeth, leading to tooth loss and increasing the risk of other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. When it comes to gum disease, the earlier it is caught, the more conservative the treatment options are. Non-surgical periodontal treatment from Lawrence Dental Excellence in Kingston, PA can restore health and beauty to your smile.

Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment: Scaling and Root Planing

 The goal of scaling and root planing is to remove dental plaque and tartar that are causing inflammation to the gum tissue and the surrounding bone. This non-surgical “deep gum cleaning” is extremely effective for patients who have gingivitis and moderate periodontal disease.

What is Scaling and Root Planing?

  • Scaling – During this portion of the procedure, special dental instruments including an ultrasonic scaling tool are used to remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth as well as the roots. An antimicrobial agent is delivered below the gums to reduce bacteria.
  • Root Planing – During this portion, the root is smoothed out to promote healing and to prevent bacteria from accumulating in the future.

Reasons for Scaling and Root Planing

There are several reasons Dr. Lawrence may recommend scaling and root planing.

  • Systemic Disease Prevention – The oral bacteria responsible for gum disease can travel through the blood to other areas of the body. There has been research showing that certain conditions such as heart and lung disease can be connected to oral bacteria. The scaling and root planing procedure removes the bacteria and stops the progression of gum disease, which prevents the bacteria from traveling to other areas of the body.
  • Tooth Protection – As the periodontal pockets deepen during the progression of gum disease, there is also an increase in colonies of dangerous oral bacteria. The body’s natural inflammatory response will destroy the gum tissue and bone, eventually leading to tooth loss.
  • Improved Aesthetics – Because scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth and below the gumline, it also removes surface stains from the teeth for an improved smile.

Make your Oral Health a Priority with Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our treatment options for gum disease please call Lawrence Dental Excellence in Kingston, PA today at (570) 852-2650.

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Dr. Lawrence was professional, his staff was excellent and he completed the work I needed done in one sitting. He and his staff have always been that way and they have the most modern equipment I have ever seen. I am a Wyoming Valley native and flew in from Florida to have Dr. Steve work on my teeth.

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Thomas H.

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best dentist’s office. my daughter always had the worst anxiety but when I saw we are seeing DR. Lawrence’s office she is brushing her teeth And waiting in the car! got Invisalign there too! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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