What is a dental X-ray?

Dental X-rays, also called dental radiographs, are images taken by the dentist in order to fully treat your mouth. These images are amongst the most valuable tools for a dentist. The dentist can use these to precisely diagnose and treatment plan any problems that might be present in the mouth. Dental X-rays are important in that the dentist cannot completely diagnosis your dental problems by simply looking in the mouth. Cavities, for instance, can be caught at a very early stage with a dental x-ray, and if so, can be treated as early as possible, thus reducing the potential size, price, and severity of a filling.

How often do I need dental X-rays?

The frequency for X-rays is very dependent on the individual. While no x-ray should be considered routine, the American Dental Association recommends that dental X-rays be taken on a regular basis in order to efficiently and successfully monitor a patients dental conditions. The frequency might depend on a patient’s medical or dental history, or current condition, for instance, in an emergency situation. It is common (and recommended) for patients to receive X-rays once every year; however, for patients who do not have many conditions, it is not uncommon for the frequency to be more spread out. In special cases, when a patient regularly visits the dentist for six-month check-ups and has no gum disease or recent dental conditions, it is possible that dental X-rays may only be needed every two to three years.

What is a digital dental X-ray?

Digital dental X-rays is one of the most advanced ways to take X-rays. Compared to conventional intraoral X-ray films, our digital system significantly reduces radiation exposure to our patients. In digital X-ray techniques, the image receptor (CCD) is thin like conventional X-ray film but is connected to a computer which will capture and save all of your images (X-rays) digitally. Our system requires fewer retakes and has a significantly lower exposure. After the image is obtained it can be enhanced and viewed full screen on a TV in the operatory by our doctor and patient together.

How do I know if I should have a digital X-ray image taken?

The dentist will look at your medical history, disease risk, age, and symptoms to determine how often you should have digital X-ray images taken.

If you are ready to look into have digital X-ray images taken, go ahead and give us a call at (317) 571-9610 to set up an appointment. Our office is easy to get to in Carmel and offers the premiere dental care of IN. Let Lasting Impressions show you why patients have been coming back to us for years. Proper upkeep and maintenance of your oral health is our top priority!


Healthier Overall
Cosmetic dentistry can help improve not only the look of your teeth but how they function. Damaged or misaligned teeth often affect your bite and inhibit you from chewing food and getting essential nutrients, affecting your overall health. Food must be broken down adequately to receive all the nutrients your body needs. One or more missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew as other teeth may shift to try to occupy the vacant space. The healthier your teeth are, the healthier you are
Increased Longevity
Cosmetic dentistry can enhance your appearance, confidence, and potentially help you live longer. A study by Wayne State University found strong smiles were associated with longevity. A professor studied a series of photos of individuals and those with large smiles often outlived people that had a faint or weak smile and those who didn’t smile period.
According to a recent study, professors at the University of California, Berkeley found smiles help individuals concentrate and be more successful. They examined images of women and spoke with them throughout their lives. Women with positive facial expressions tended to be less negative, more organized, concentrated and driven than those who didn’t.
Appealing Appearance

At Dental By Nature our goal isn’t just to create stunning smiles but to improve the function and health of your smile as well. A better-looking smile and enhanced overall health go hand-in-hand.

With our many cosmetic dentistry services, we are able to fix minor to complex dental imperfections. Each individual is different and has unique needs, which is why we work with you to determine a plan perfect for you.

With our convenient location, a better-looking smile is closer than you think. Call us today at (303) 776-6021 to book your consultation. With over 22 years of experience, we know what it takes to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Make sure to ask our staff about the amazing smile transformations Dental By Nature has delivered over the years.