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


Comfortable, Non-Surgical TMJ Treatment in Kingston, PA

 Do you have unexplained chronic migraines? Persistent pain in your jaw, ears, neck, or shoulders? If so, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD) may be to blame. At Lawrence Dental Excellence in Kingston, PA, we help patients find relief from chronic pain with safe, non-surgical TMJ treatment.

What are the Temporomandibular Joints?

 These complex joints reside where your jaw connects with the base of your skull. They are responsible for the multidirectional movements that are necessary for the smooth function of the jaw. When the joints are functioning properly, you are more than likely unaware of them, but they are constantly at work, helping you open and close your mouth when you bite, chew, talk, and yawn. Because these joints are so complex, they are particularly prone to dysfunction that can be aggravated by a misaligned bite, bruxism, stress, and other issues.

Common Signs and Symptoms of TMJD

  • Chronic Headaches
  • Dizziness or Vertigo
  • Ear Congestion or Ringing in the Ears
  • Facial Pain
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping
  • Limited Movement of the Jaw
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Pain in the Jaw Muscles
  • Insomnia

Diagnosing TMJD

 It often takes individuals with the symptoms of TMJ disorder multiple attempts to determine the source of their problems. When you’re a patient at Lawrence Dental Excellence, we make it a point to look for the signs of TMJD during regular check-ups. If we notice certain signs such as worn-down teeth from clenching, misaligned bite, or pain and tenderness in the jaw, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan.

Finding Relief from TMJ Pain with Non-Surgical Treatment

 One of the most common ways we treat TMJ disorder is with custom oral appliance therapy. The appliance is worn at night and is effective at relieving pain by relaxing the jaw muscles and properly positioning the bite.

Of course, treatment doesn’t stop there. With TMJD, it’s also important to identify triggers and make lifestyle changes that can improve symptoms. This includes methods of coping with stress and other forms of relaxation to alleviate the stress put on the jaw muscles and joints.

Schedule your TMJ Disorder Assessment Today

 If you are in the Kingston, PA area and are experiencing any of the uncomfortable or painful symptoms mentioned above, call Lawrence Dental Excellence to schedule a consultation appointment. Our team is ready to work with you to provide personalized, non-surgical treatment designed to provide relief.

Success Stories

Dr. Lawrence was professional

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.

Thomas H.

Thomas 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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