Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool to help detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. Your age, oral health, and any surface level signs of disease or decay will determine how often you need to have X-rays. Children often require more X-rays than adults due to their rapidly changing jaw structure and increased risk for cavities. New patients require X-rays to identify their current oral health and have a comparison for future visits. Dr. Morgan and our team may also take X-rays if you are receiving or considering treatment so that we have a clear image of your dental structure and oral needs.
Dental X-ray exams are safe, and the tools and techniques used follow the ALARA principles (As Low As Reasonable Achievable) to limit the body’s exposure to radiation. A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen, and a leaded thyroid collar is used to protect the thyroid. Be sure to inform your dentist if you are pregnant, as special care may be necessary.
Please feel free to contact our office at 910-324-1283 (Richlands) or 910-347-1283 (Jacksonville) to learn more about our digital X-rays in Richlands, North Carolina, and schedule your appointment with our dentists.