About Our Practice
We provide you the highest standards of dentistry in an efficient, professional manner; with the superb care we want for ourselves and our family. As your skilled and knowledgeable team, we keep you comfortable while we address your individual needs.
We don’t like to treat strangers; we work at getting to know you as a person. At your first appointment, we will spend some time with you to understand your hopes and dreams about your mouth and smile.
Commitment to state of the art technology and techniques. We believe in continuing education to learn the latest and best techniques. Dr. Highsmith travels all over the country to further his education, as well as teaches other dentists the latest techniques in occlusion and cosmetic dentistry.
Commitment to quality. We use the techniques and materials that we would want in our own and our families mouths. We use high power magnification in diagnosis and treatment. The funny looking goggles that Dr. Highsmith wears are 4.8 power loupes that greatly magnify the area of treatment. He also uses additional illumination in the form of a fiber optic headlamp. We inspect all impressions with a microscope in the lab, and also use the microscope to trim temporary crowns.
In-office crown and bridge laboratory. Only a very few dental offices have dental labs as a part of the office. Our lab uses microscopes in all phases of constructing your crowns and onlays to ensure proper fit. For cosmetic cases, only a lab technician with a true artist’s touch is good enough for your front teeth. Ours are the best in the country.
Commitment to customer service. Ever go to a medical office and sit for an hour next to several people who had the same appointment time as you? That does not happen here. We strive to respect your time and see you when we say we will. Sometimes surprises do happen, and we will keep you informed of any delays. For your comfort, we have a restaurant-quality coffee maker, a selection of teas, as well as a juice bar. Help yourself to Dr. John’s candies (no relation, though) which do not promote tooth decay. Of course, the wide selection of magazines are always up-to-date!
Caring, competent staff. Our team is simply the best–when you meet them, you’ll agree! Patients constantly comment on the positive energy they get from our excellent staff. Some have been in this practice for over 20 years!
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Dr. John Highsmith
Dr. John Highsmith is a Phi Beta Kappa and Salutatorian graduate of Davidson College. He earned his dental degree from the University of North Carolina (go Heels!). Following a residency at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, he pursued additional training in dental implants and cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Highsmith is one of only five accredited members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry in North Carolina, a Diplomate of The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), and a fellow in the Misch Implant Institute, with over 29 years experience placing dental implants. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Western NC Dental Society, and the NC Dental Society. Dr. Highsmith has taken many continuing education courses at LVI, the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Education. From 2006 to 2014, Dr. Highsmith was a clinical instructor at LVI, helping teach other dentists cutting edge techniques for cosmetic and functional dentistry.
Dr. Highsmith has reached the highest level of credentialing with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the rank of Diplomate. A written examination and submission of completed cases is required for this level of certification. There are currently only five dentists in the world with both the AACD accreditation and ICOI Diplomate status.
The ICOI is the world’s largest organization devoted to excellence in implant dentistry. There are over 6,000 members worldwide. Through their educational offerings and credentialing process, the ICOI serves to set the standard of excellence in all phases of implant dentistry, from surgery to prosthetics.
What Dr. Highsmith's Patients Say About the Practice
If you put a million dollars in my hand and asked to take my implants back, I’d tell you to keep the money.
From the first time I entered Dr. Highsmith’s office, I knew that my experience would be unlike any I had ever had before. The entire staff is so caring and professional. I really felt like someone special.
I had never really been entirely happy with their appearance of my teeth, and they were really showing signs of wear and age. Dr. Highsmith was very careful to address all my concerns about my teeth in their present condition. Once the decision was made to go forward with an entire restoration, the process was very exciting. Dr. Highsmith and his staff were so good about keeping me informed about my progress and they were very interested in how I was feeling during each phase of the process. They addressed every concern I had regarding my fear of extensive dental work, and reassured me every step of the way.
Now that the restoration is done, I couldn’t be happier with the results.I have received many compliments about how my teeth look, and I feel much more confident about my smile. I attended my 40th high school class reunion this past summer, and I really felt and looked much younger than most of my classmates.
Thanks Dr. Highsmith and staff for a job very well done!