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


Simple and effective root canals from your dentist in Kingston, PA

When the inner chamber of the tooth becomes infected, root canal therapy is the solution to save the natural tooth and avoid extraction. You may be thinking, “do root canals hurt?” Root canals, also called endodontic treatment, are not much different than traditional fillings and have an extremely high success rate. If you’re in pain from a severely infected tooth, the team at Lawrence Dental Excellence in Kingston, PA is here to provide relief.

An Explanation of Tooth Infections

Inside each tooth is the bundle nerves, the trace of tissue which originally formed the tooth. When a tooth has a deep cavity or is cracked by trauma, it opens the pulp chamber to bacteria. Over time, this bacteria buildup can lead to an infection that results in a toothache. Without treatment, pus pockets can begin to form at the tips of the root in the jawbone, what is known as an abscess. If the infected pulp is not removed, the patient will experience pain and swelling, and the infection can continue to cause damage to the jawbone as well as overall health. Left without treatment, the infected tooth will eventually require extraction.

Signs a Root Canal may be needed

  • Abscess or bump on the gums
  • Severe toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold

Swelling or inflammation around the teeth

How Root Canals Alleviate Pain and Save the Tooth

During root canals, the dentist will numb the area with local anesthetic, then remove the infected pulp through a small hole created in the top of the tooth. Once all the damaged tissue is removed, the area will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized to eliminate bacteria and then filled with a special material. The hole will then be sealed and the entire tooth structure will be covered with a crown to protect the tooth and support full functionality.

Your toothache will not go away on it’s on, call Lawrence Dental Excellence Today

If you are in pain from advanced decay, the situation will not resolve on its own. In fact, without treatment you could be in danger of losing your natural tooth. Today’s root canals are performed with local anesthetics, advanced technology, and precise instruments to ensure that the procedure involves little to no discomfort for our patients. If you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, give us a call to schedule an appointment.

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.

He's exact and to the point.

Dr. Stephen Lawrence is the best dentist around. He doesn’t treat you like a patient, he’s acts like a big brother. He’s exact and to the point. The receptionist, Donna, and his hygienists are the BEST!
A bizillion thumbs up.

Rose A.

Rose A.

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