In addition to providing unique “boutique dentistry” – namely using Botox to treat the source of TMJ and bruxism – Lathrop Dentistry is a true full-service general dental office. In other words, whatever concerns cause you to visit the dentist, Dr. Lathrop can take care of them. Here’s a sampling of the range of services that Lathrop Dentistry provides in our Katy office:
Of course, many of these procedures are performed in conjunction with sedation (oral, nitrous oxide, and occasionally IV sedation) to maximize patient comfort and minimize anxiety.
While Lathrop Dental Center provides comprehensive dental care, including restorative, prosthetic, cosmetic, and emergency services, Dr. Lathrop is a huge advocate of preventive dentistry. It’s simply better all the way around to nip potential problems in the bud before they require comprehensive intervention. For example, he believes in applying sealants to children’s teeth to prevent cavities and the need for fillings or crowns.
Dr. Lathrop also is a proponent of interceptive orthodontics. This means that he keeps a keen eye out to diagnose orthodontic problems in children early, so they can be addressed before they create a domino effect of trouble. While Dr. Lathrop does not perform comprehensive orthodontics, he does perform early (phase one) orthodontics for kids, before later referring them to an orthodontic specialist. He also offers short-term (cosmetic) orthodontics for adults who want to straighten their teeth quickly (in about 6 months).
A true “family dentist” and a father of two (with another one on the way) Dr. Lathrop truly loves to treat both kids and adults. When treating the youngest patients, Dr. Lathrop takes an especially gentle approach. His goal for kids is to make each visit a happy visit, so they’ll be inspired to take their dental hygiene seriously and develop good oral-care habits from an early age.
Parents are welcome to accompany their children to the treatment room and stay by their side during any procedure. Occasionally, very young children (especially those younger than 2) are overly anxious, frightened, or uncomfortable. In those cases, Dr. Lathrop will refer parents to a pediatric dentist better equipped to meet their needs.