An exam can be done without x-rays but the doctor will not be able to see areas between the teeth and within the jaws to check for decay and pathology (irregularities). We will keep your exposure to x-rays as limited as possible by using digital x-rays which is approximately 10% of the radiation exposure compared to traditional film x-rays and an xray apron with a thyroid collar to protect areas around the mouth from unnecessary exposure. Overall, the benefits from dental x-rays outweigh the cons of limited radiation exposure. However, if you continue to have concerns or questions please feel free to bring them up with the doctor at your next visit. We will not take x-rays if you prefer not to have them taken. Your concerns are our top priority!