Laser Dentistry and Advanced Technology for Better Care

dental technologyAt Lathrop Dental Center, we use technology to provide faster, more conservative, and more esthetically-pleasing treatment results. Our technology also helps us further protect your healthy, beautiful smile, even when your treatment includes modifying your tooth structure, such as for cavity treatments and certain cosmetic procedures.

From improved, more detailed diagnoses to unmatched precision and convenience in restorative and cosmetic procedures, our array of advanced dental technology is specifically designed to improve your entire dental healthcare experience.

LightWalker® Dental Laser (by Fotona)

Over the last few decades, lasers have changed the face of dental diagnostics and treatment. The advanced LightWalker® dental laser, created by Fotona, allows Dr. Lathrop to perform a host of procedures without the need for anesthesia. For instance, the laser allows Dr. Lathrop to perform no-shot fillings (meaning no anesthesia is needed) for both children and adults. No anesthesia means no numbness, so patients can return to work or school immediately and do not have to wait until the numbness wears off to eat or drink. The laser also helps preserve a maximum amount of healthy tooth structure and oral tissues, and minimizes the amount of dental work needed.

Using the specially-calibrated soft-tissue laser, Dr. Lathrop can now perform the innovative Nightlase® laser treatment to help you or your loved one stop snoring. The laser directs a highly-effective but safe concentration of heat to the soft oral mucosa, shrinking oral tissues to prevent them from clogging the airway.

Digital Radiography

X-rays have long been a vital part of dental health diagnostics and treatment. With digital radiography, X-rays produce up to 90% less radiation than with traditional methods, and the images are produced instantly and projected onto a digital, chairside monitor. Through the use of digital X-rays, Dr. Lathrop can better see the details of your teeth and oral structures to create more effective and conservative treatment options.

Intraoral Cameras

In addition to digital X-rays, Dr. Lathrop also utilizes a digital intraoral camera to gain a better view of areas in your mouth that are difficult to see with a regular visual inspection. The intraoral camera is a small camera situated on the end of a tiny, flexible wand that Dr. Lathrop can use to view hard-to-see angles around and behind your teeth.

Tekscan Pressure Mapping

The Tekscan pressure mapping system is an innovative diagnostic tool that optimizes Dr. Lathrop’s ability to diagnose and correct issues with bite (occlusal) alignment, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. The technology allows Dr. Lathrop to determine which teeth make first contact when you bite down, how much pressure is exerted, how the pressure is balanced, and how best to correct your bite, if necessary. Tekscan readings can help Dr. Lathrop more effectively create bruxism and TMJ mouthguards, alleviate chronic headaches, and protect your teeth from excessive wear, shifting, and other issues related to bite equilibrium.


We want to help you and your family enjoy healthy smiles for life. At Lathrop Dental Center, Dr. Colin Lathrop and our team provide exceptional general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care for patients from ages 2 to 102! We proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.

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