Teeth Tomorrow Asheville Exclusively By John Highsmith, DDS
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 the only AACD Accredited Dentist in Western North Carolina.
Change Your Life with Teeth Tomorrow
Do you have several missing teeth?
Have you had multiple root canals or gum disease?
Is it hard to chew, or do you avoid smiling?
Are you tired of wearing dentures?
Are you missing all your teeth?
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Teeth Tomorrow® full-arch dental implants feel comfortable, look natural, and can last a lifetime. Learn how Teeth Tomorrow's full mouth dental implant solution transformed the lives of some of our patients by watching the videos below.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants replace missing teeth with a crown (single tooth replacement) or bridge (multiple teeth or full mouth dental implant). Titanium metal posts are placed into the upper or lower jawbone to support the implants. Teeth Tomorrow full mouth dental implants are made of Prettau® Zirconia a material that doesn’t decay, discolor, or chip, but looks and feels like natural teeth.
Why Choose Teeth Tomorrow® Dental Implants?Natural Looking Teeth You will have a custom-made smile you can be proud of and a precise bite so you can enjoy the little things in life again, like a great meal with your friends. Our full-arch dental implant realistically mimics the natural look of your gum tissue. It is extremely durable and resistant to chips, cracks, stains and harmful bacteria. Compassionate Care We completely understand that replacing your teeth is an important decision. We have several treatment protocols and our doctors and treatment plan coordinators will help you choose the best treatment plan to restore your smile. If you need help paying for the cost of treatment, we offer several financing options. Unparalleled Quality Our dental implants stand up to the wear and tear of daily life. You will have peace of mind knowing that you have a restoration that is designed to last a lifetime, that looks natural and realistic. Plus, your new teeth will not attract plaque or odors, and will allow you to eat and talk without slipping or pain. Dedicated Lab Our laboratory is dedicated only to full-arch restorations, with precision-made zirconia bridges. Our proven protocol is designed to achieve a stress-free and successful restoration. Each step of the process involved with full-arch bridges is important. That’s why we give every little detail the attention it deserves.
We Understand that Changing Your Life is a Big Decision. Compare these facts when evaluating a dental practice providing full-arch dental implant bridges.
You’ve been thinking about this for a while, and you may be tired of living with more than one missing, chipped, or loose tooth. However, you need to know you’re making the right choice. Let’s face it, there are a lot of options out there, and some may sound pretty good.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of questions you can feel comfortable asking any dental practice when comparing options. You can even download a printable version so you can have it with you during a consultation. You deserve honest answers to these 16 questions, and when you compare apples to apples, you’ll better understand the value of Teeth Tomorrow’s permanent solution.
The 16 questions to ask when comparing apples to apples:
- 1. How many appointments are required? After your initial consultation, there are as few as four appointments in the Teeth Tomorrow® process.
- 2. How many different offices will I need to visit? One. All of your Teeth Tomorrow® appointments can be in the same dental office.
- 3. How often do patients need bone grafting to support the dental implants? Not often. The Teeth Tomorrow® process virtually eliminates the need for bone grafting in most patients, however, it may be required for patients with extreme bone loss in their jaws.
- 4. How many dental implants will support my full-arch bridge? We have demonstrated a 99+% success rate using 6 implants for upper bridges and 5 implants for lower bridges. While this protocol is proven optimal for our full-arch Prettau® Zirconia bridges, your Teeth Tomorrow® advanced implant dentist will determine the precise number of implants your specific case requires.
- 5. How long will I be without teeth? Overnight. With Teeth Tomorrow, your extractions are performed and implants are placed on the first day, and you get a chance to heal overnight. The following day, your customized, lab-produced temporary bridge is attached to your implants, and you leave with a beautiful smile. This unique next-day protocol has proven clinical advantages for successful treatment.
- 6. Will I have a temporary bridge prior to my final bridge? Yes. The bridge you receive the day after your implants are placed is called a provisional. It is created by a dental lab and is much more refined than those produced in a dental office. You also are free to go home and rest immediately after implant placement, so you don’t need to wait in the dental office while your bridge is being produced.
- 7. How soon until I get my final bridge? You’ll wear your Teeth Tomorrow® provisional bridge for 3 to 6 months while your implants stabilize and you become perfectly accustomed to a full arch of teeth and gums.
- 8. What materials are used in making my bridge? Your Teeth Tomorrow® final bridge is custom milled from a solid piece of Prettau® Zirconia. It is handcrafted to your unique smile specifications and natural looking color shades are permanently absorbed into the bridge prior to furnace curing and final polishing.
- 9. How long is my bridge going to last? Your Teeth Tomorrow® Prettau® Zirconia bridge is designed to last a lifetime. Of 2,039 Prettau® Zirconia bridges produced by the lab that provides all Teeth Tomorrow® final bridges, only 9 have had to be returned in the past 5 years. Don’t be fooled by warranties. Even if a bridge carries a warranty, it still needs to be removed and replaced if it chips, breaks or fractures.
- 10. Will my bridge ever become discolored or attract and retain odors? Prettau® Zirconia is non-porous, so it doesn’t stain, discolor, or retain odors. You care for this bridge just like natural teeth. Other bridge materials such as acrylics with porcelain denture teeth attract both stains and odors.
- 11. Will my bridge attract plaque and harmful bacteria? Just as Prettau® Zirconia is resistant to stains and odors, its non-porous nature doesn’t attract plaque (nor the harmful bacteria that breeds in plaque build-ups).
- 12. What is the chance that my bridge will chip, crack, or break and need to be replaced? Highly unlikely. A 5-year study of 2,039 Prettau® Zirconia full-arch bridges produced by the Teeth Tomorrow Dental Laboratory shows the chances of chipping, cracking, or breaking are 0.44%. In other words, a 99.56% success rate.
- 13. Will my bridge weaken or wear down from chewing and talking? Your Teeth Tomorrow® Prettau® Zirconia final bridge is not only extremely resistant to chipping, cracking and breaking – its industry-leading durability shows no weakening or wear from chewing and talking, even in patients who grind their teeth.
- 14. What’s the chance that I will develop an infection under my bridge? Infections are caused by bacteria. The fact that Prettau® Zirconia does not attract plaque and harmful bacteria means there is minimal risk of developing an infection caused by the bridge.
- 15. Does your office provide ongoing hygiene and full service dental care? Yes. Every Teeth Tomorrow Member Practice provides comprehensive dental care and hygiene treatments in the same office where your bridge procedure is performed. Each practice is expertly trained in not only the care of your Prettau® Zirconia full-arch bridge, but in providing appropriate care for your overall oral health.
- 16. May I see a study of the long-term success of my bridge published in an accredited professional journal? A study from 2012-2017 of 2,039 full-arch Prettau® Zirconia bridges manufactured by the lab that produces all final bridges for Teeth Tomorrow is published in the highly respected Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and documents a less than one-half of one percent failure rate for all patients in the study. Be aware that any study of under 100 bridges does not contain enough cases to be statistically accurate.