Charlotte, NC, Family Dental Services  
(704) 394-3109

X-Ray Use and Safety

At Leary Family Dentistry, we are dedicating to doing everything we can to enhance your oral health. To do so, we employ a variety of techniques and procedures, including x-rays. X-ray machines are powerful devices that can be very helpful to us in uncovering the mysteries of your mouth. Some serious conditions can only be detected via x-ray, and x-ray machines can help us track the development of your child’s oral health.

Our use of radiography complies with the recommendations of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, so you can be sure that we operate with the utmost care. Those organizations recommend that parents bring their children in for complete dental exams and x-rays every six months. Children typically have a higher risk of tooth decay, and regular x-rays can help us monitor potential problems. These images are also helpful in terms of tracking how your child’s new teeth are coming in.

We know that some parents have concerns with the use of x-rays, and as a staff dedicated to furthering your children’s best interests, we understand the concern. At Leary Family Dentistry, we follow all proper safety and operating procedures to ensure everything goes smoothly. Our facility employs high-quality, advanced machinery designed to be very effective with a high degree of safety. In addition, our staff is fully trained on how to ensure minimal risk of exposure to radiation during x-rays.

At Leary Family Dentistry, we provide lead body aprons and shields to provide full-body protection to your children during these localized x-rays. In fact, the risk of radiation exposure from these procedures is likely to be much lower than the risk presented from the dental condition our examination may uncover. Our highly focused x-rays concentrate the radiation only in areas necessary for the procedure, with extraneous exposure minimal.

To provide your family with high-quality dental care, we may take any of three kinds of x-rays: panoramic x-rays, bitewing x-rays, and periapical x-rays. Panoramic x-rays provide us with a broad view of your child’s entire mouth, including the jaw bones. Meanwhile, bitewing x-rays allow us to look for cavities between your child’s teeth, and periapical x-rays concentrate on the structure of individual teeth, showing the surrounding bone and roots. Each type of x-ray offers different insights so we can provide your children with comprehensive care and foster good oral health habits.

If you have any questions about any of our procedures at Leary Family Dentistry, don’t hesitate to ask – we’re here to provide dental care and peace of mind.

Call us today to learn more about x-ray safety or scheduling an appointment, (704) 394-3109.