West Columbia dentist using an intraoral camera to get a patient's digital dental impressions

Impression-Free Dental Office in West Columbia

Unfortunately, many people dread going to the dentist, especially if they need to get impressions for certain procedures, such as:

  • Dentures
  • Dental crown
  • Dental implant
  • Dental braces

Gone are the days of messy and uncomfortable impressions. We are proud to announce that we have recently upgraded our West Columbia dentist office, so we no longer need to take traditional impressions. Instead, we take digital dental impressions. As our patient, you will now enjoy an efficient, comfortable, and more accurate experience when you need impressions.

The Downsides of Traditional Dental Impressions

Although dentists have relied on traditional dental impressions for decades, they are not without their faults:

  • Messy: For dental impressions, we use a substance that is similar to putty. We place it in a tray, which we then place over your teeth. After a few minutes, this putty will set and we will remove the tray. The putty not only creates a mess at our workstations but leftover bits of putty often get stuck on our patients’ teeth and lips.
  • Uncomfortable: Dental impressions aren’t exactly fun. If you’re especially sensitive, a traditional dental impression might trigger your gag reflex. You might experience an unpleasant flavor and after-taste as well.
  • Inaccurate: As much as we try to get accurate dental impressions, sometimes there are factors that cause errors. For instance, air bubbles or awkward placement of the putty may yield inaccurate results. If there are any issues with your traditional dental impressions, we will need to do them all over again.

How Digital Dental Impressions Work

For digital dental impressions, we use intraoral cameras that scan your bite. These powerful cameras create 3D models of your bite, allowing us to see your teeth with greater detail than ever before.

The Benefits of Digital Dental Impressions

There are many benefits of switching to digital dental impressions, including:

  • More comfort: Since we no longer have to use putty, you won’t need to worry about messes or reactions to the putty while it sets.
  • Speed: By using a camera instead of putty, impressions can be scanned far quicker now that there isn’t a need to wait for it to set. This means your appointment will be much shorter, too.
  • Visuals: Using a camera for digital dental impressions as opposed to traditional impressions helps us better visualize your bite and helps you better understand your treatment plan.

West Columbia Dental: Your Impression-Free Dentist Office

At West Columbia Dental, we take great pride in our work during our 90+ years in the community. Our constant commitment to creating memorable experiences, giving you confidence, and prioritizing your comfort has enabled us to care for generations of patients. From maintaining optimal dental health to transforming your smile with the latest in dental technologies, we address all of your dental needs. If you’d like to learn more about dentures, dental crowns, and even dental implants, please book an appointment. We would love to get to know you, your needs, and get you started on your treatment plan.

Your Dental Health is in Good Hands

Dental visits can be nerve-wracking, but rest assured that we are fully committed to performing top-quality dental work. If there is any issue, we will take care of it and ensure you are pleased with the results.


West Columbia dental specializes in helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile of your dreams. Our comprehensive dental services includes family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry. Our friendly and professional team can help you enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come.