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Meet Austin Dentist Dr. Tor Gotun of Austin Smile Creations

Tor Gotun, DDS, MAGD, Cand.Odont, has over 30 years of experience practicing dentistry. He is well known throughout the dental community for his extraordinary skills in reconstructive dental care, the treatment of TMJ, and cosmetic dentistry.

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Background and Education

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Dr.Gotun graduated from the University of Oslo Dental School, Norway in 1979. After having practiced in Norway, he eagerly pursued opportunities in advanced dental education in the US and moved to Texas. He earned a license from Baylor College of Dentistry in Texas in 1985, after which he established his dental practice in Austin, Texas.  Dr.Gotun has completed over 3000 hours of continued education and has been teaching comprehensive dentistry to his peers for over 20 years.

During his career, Dr. Tor Gotun has helped to develop new dental software at The University of Texas in San Antonio, and teaches advanced reconstructive dentistry to dentists and dental labs all over Texas.

A Commitment to Excellence: Best Dental Care in West Lake Hills

Dr.Gotun has extensive, specialty training in prosthodontics and 17 other dental disciplines. He received advanced training in Gnathology, Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Therapy and Advanced Restorative Dentistry from The Foundation for Advanced Continuing Education (F.A.C.E.). This allows him to provide his patients with unique techniques and approaches to resolve even the most complex dental conditions. He never gives up on a patient!

In his pursuit of excellence, Dr.Gotun has become a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD). Less than one percent of all general dentists in the U.S. holds that title.  In 2012, Dr. Gotun received a Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition Award to honor his commitment to continued education and service to organized dentistry. In 60 years, he is only the 15th individual in Texas to receive such a high honor.

In 2014 Dr.Gotun has received a second LLLR Award for the level of education he had achieved and his contribution to the field of dentistry. Only a few dentists in the US have ever received 2 of these awards and we could not be prouder that our community has such an expert.

Trusted by the Austin, Texas Dental Community and Beyond

  Barbara E. shares why she has stayed with Dr. Gotun for 28 years. Watch more here
Presently, Dr. Gotun serves as a Director on Board of Texas Academy of General Dentistry. He is active in many non-profit organizations that focus on advancing continuing education for dentists and promoting the highest quality care for patients. He is devoted to raising the standards of continued education for general dentists in Texas and beyond.

Dr. Gotun has been involved in many charitable missions, dedicating his time and volunteering to various projects providing Texas children with the dental care they need. He is an active member of the following organizations:

• ADA American Dental Association
• TDA Texas Dental Association
• ADDS Austin District Dental Society
• AGD Academy of General Dentistry
• TAGD Texas Academy of General Dentistry
• AOS American Orthodontic Society
• NDS The Norwegian Dental Society
• CTIIS Central Texas Institute for Implant Studies
• CTIOS Central Texas Institute for Occlusal Studies
• ALD Academy of Laser Dentistry


"My family has been going to Dr. Gotun for over 30 years, with every thing from braces for the young kids (long ago) to senior care for me and my wife. The practice is staffed by some of the nicest people I know and the quality of care is without parallel. Dr. Gotun combines up-to-the-moment knowledge with precision skills. He is also a teacher of dentists and role model for continuing education. I can and do recommend them to anyone with any emergency or regular maintenance needs.

James B. , Westlake resident in Austin TX

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If you are reading this testimonial, I assume you are looking to alleviate pain in one or more of your teeth or to improve your smile cosmetically. Either way you can save yourself some time, stop right now and go make an initial evaluation appointment with Dr.Gotun and his staff at their cozy, comfortable office with a relaxing peaceful view of Eanes Creek. You can search the 1200 or more listings in the Austin area and the BEST you could hope for would be to find another dentist equally as skilled and talented as Dr.Gotun. I do NOT think it is possible to get BETTER quality dental work than what you will get at this office.

The one thing that made everything so simple for me was the photographs. During the initial exam Dr.Gotun takes a series of photographs of your teeth along with x-rays. You then get to see your teeth on a laptop screen, in color, up close and larger than life. If you can live with what you see then you can count your blessings and Dr.Gotun will let you be on your way, unless of course you would like to schedule a cleaning!

In my case I could see the damage, decay and buildup from many years of poor oral hygiene and neglect. In addition to the problem teeth that brought me to the dental office I could easily see that most of my teeth were in need of some type of restoration work. Dr. Gotun has my permission to show all of my records to anyone interested in seeing them. I am sure you will be as amazed as I still am at what Dr. Gotun was able to accomplish considering the very poor condition my teeth were in at the start of the process.

The cost was substantial in my case due to amount of work that was required. However, the work was spaced out over several years which made the cost much easier to budget. Dr.Gotun was not on my dental insurance plan, so I accessed some savings and my credit to finance the work and paid it off like any other significant asset I have purchased. My teeth are the most rewarding investment I have ever made.

If I could give anyone one bit of advice other than my story, it would be “do NOT let dental insurance be the major factor that guides your decision-making”. I was never happy with any of the experiences or results I had when I tried to use the dentists that were covered under my plan. I am proof that 12 years on with regular flossing and brushing, the investment in your restoration work done by Dr.Gotun can still be yielding satisfaction and compliments from friends and random strangers.

I have never gone to bed without flossing and brushing after seeing those photographs in my initial visit. Good luck and I hope to be reading your success story here sometime in the future.

Chuck M. Austin, TX

Dr. Tor Gotun probably saved my life and he's added some years to it. You don't usually say that about your dentist, but I believe it in my case.

More than 10 years ago, after many years of neglecting my teeth and an unhealthy life style, I went to Tor, my neighborhood dentist, even though he wasn't on my State of Texas dental insurance network.

I soon learned of the challenges to getting my gums and teeth back to a healthy status. The way Tor explained it, I knew it was complex and that Tor had the skills and vision to get me there, as long as I did my part. I also knew it would take time and not be cheap.

Now, years later, I still have most of my original teeth and only a few very nice, state-of-the art crowns. I am following Tor's advice for taking care of my teeth and gums, including his regular cleaning schedule. What my dental insurance didn't cover, I was able to use Austin Smile Creations' association with Care Credit to finance the costs without any interest charges as long as I pay off balances within a year of each charge.

By the way, we had only one procedure that didn't work out as planned, but Tor made good on it and the solution turned out as good or better.

As a bonus, all of Tor's top flight members are both professional and personable, always considerate of my needs, interests, and schedule.

Bottom line, Tor is better than my expectations. He pays attention to more than just how my mouth looks; he's concerned about my overall health and how my life-style affects, and is affected by, the health of my teeth and gums.

Bill H. Austin, TX

I have been going to Dr. Gotun since he used to have his practice on William Cannon Drive ( 20 years now). Now he is located in Bee Caves. He is an excellent dentist.

The thing I like best about Tor Gotun is he is relatively pain free when administering his shots to numb your mouth. Dentists I have had before always seemed to be a bit heavy handed in this activity.

He is very up to date with modern dental technology. He can make a crown or cap in his office at the moment of your appointment and have you leave with a fully functioning mouth. I have friends who use other dentists who must wander the city of Austin for at least a week with a hollowed out molar stuffed with gauze as they await their topping to arrive by mail to their dentist's office.

The staff is very friendly, and Dr. Gotun will never talk down to you. He is very good at explaining why he is doing something or why he wants to do a procedure. He may have gotten two of my wisdom teeth, but I will still try to hold onto the remaining two regardless of his explaining the safety factors of hanging on to them as you get older.

Randy S. Austin, TX

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