Over the last few years, dental lasers have changed the face of diagnostics and treatments. The LightWalker® dental laser, created by Fotona, allows us to perform procedures without the need for anesthesia. For example, the laser allows us to perform no-shot fillings (meaning no anesthesia is needed) for children and adults. This means you or your loved one can return to work or school immediately and not wait until lingering numbness wears off. The laser also helps preserve healthy tooth structures and oral tissues and minimizes the amount of dental work needed.
With the tool, we can perform the Nightlase® laser treatment to help you or your loved one to 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.
We also provide laser fillings for our patients. We understand that the thought of getting a filling can cause anxiety. Even in the most comfortable setting with a highly-trained dentist, having a portion of your tooth removed with a drill is undeniably daunting. This is precisely why we have transitioned to providing laser fillings. Using a laser to remove decay is quicker, more comfortable, and can even have long-term benefits. The laser can kill bacteria in your tooth, minimizing the chances of decay reoccurring. It is a precise procedure, so there is minimal swelling or discomfort after we are finished. In lots of cases, you won’t even need to have your mouth numbed!
X-rays have long been an essential part of dental diagnostics and treatment. With digital radiography, our X-rays produce up to 90% less radiation than traditional methods. The images are produced instantly and projected onto a digital, chairside monitor. We can better see the details of your teeth and oral structures and we can use the X-rays to create more precise and effective treatment options.
Tekscan Pressure Mapping
The Tekscan pressure mapping system is a diagnostic tool that optimizes our ability to diagnose and correct issues with bite (occlusal) alignment, such as bruxism and TMJ disorder. The technology allows us 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 allow us to 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.
By having an in-office 3D printer, we can craft precise physical models for implants, fillings, and more. When we have models to work with, we can ensure that any service you receive will fit your unique smile perfectly.
Schedule Your Next Dental Treatment with Us!
We are committed to your dental health and we stay up to date with and utilize the latest dental technology and tools. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX, today at 832-437-3849. We proudly serve patients from Katy, Fulshear, and the greater Houston area.