Tor Gotun DDS, MAGD Patient Testimonials - Austin Smile Creations - West Lake Hills



David R. On Same-Day Crowns & Laser Treatment


Dolores D. On Smile Makeover


Gerardo F. on dental implants and implant-supported bridge.


Allison B. on TMJ disorder treatment with Low Level Laser Therapy and splint therapy.


Nick L. on smile makeover.


Lee M. on smile makeover.


John E. on dental implants and dentures.


Barbara E. on dental bridges and crowns.


Josette R. on dental crowns and implants

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

Wife and I have been clients of for 2 years.
Some of our dental work done by Dr. Gotun as follows: Regular cleanings, 5 Crowns, a dozen or so old metal type fillings removed and replaced with contemporary tooth color material, tooth removal, braces, bone work preparation for implant bases (two separate areas).
Two things we have had done from other dentists which he does different - Cleanings he uses ultrasonic tooling, not manual scraper, which cleans better, saves time, and doesn't irritate our gums and teeth as much. Crowns he makes onsite so we have never needed a second visit for the same tooth, and he adjusts size, shape, contact points if necessary to not just repair a damaged tooth but improve its function (Wife no longer has head aches and I do not have jaw muscle fatigue as before).

If you need 'A' dentist go find one, If you want the BEST then call Dr. Tor Gotun because you may end up like us and connect with this truly talented Doc. that utilizes the most beneficial processes and equipment to treat your individual goals.

David R.
Austin, TX

I visited Austin Smile Creations for the first time in 2006 on a recommendation of a friend. I graduated from college the year before and had not seen a dentist in quite a while. My expectations were normal: x-rays, tooth scraping, suction, etc. However, I was immediately impressed with Dr. Tor Gotun's methodology. All the tools were there as expected, but Dr. Gotun took the time to explain the purpose behind each procedure, the tools available to the industry, and even his philosophical approach to addressing my dental health. Not only was I impressed with his knowledge and dedication to continued education, but with his ability to include me in the decision-making process! Needless to say, Tor became my dentist. Austin Smile Creations was the first experience I had with a doctor that included me in the conversation regarding my health & how to best handle it and has become the benchmark for selecting my doctors.

If that wasn't enough, I've never really needed any sedatives or pain killers for my cavities, crowns, or root canals. In fact, I ate a hamburger for dinner after my root canal a few months ago.

Tim D.
Austin, TX

We all hate going to the dentist. What I hate more is going to dentists with my problem mouth. By the grace of God, a friend told me about Dr Gotun. He has been extremely skilled in correcting problems with my failed implant and using orthodontia for my crowded teeth. He has taken lots of time and used lots of analytics to plan my care, and he has years of experience as a strong foundation. He runs a one-stop shop. He does the cleaning, the orthodontia and the oral surgery. He also has a great Norwegian sense of practicality and humor. I just hope he has that Norwegian trend toward longevity, because I will need his help for a while, and I can't imagine going anywhere else. I think of all the dentists I have seen in the past, and they don't match his standard of care.

Jill E.
Austin, TX

I was recommended to Dr. Tor by a friend who has teeth issues that are similar to mine - disastrous. I moved here from Australia where my previous dentist preferred to solve problems by pulling teeth out and doing large, metal amalgam fillings. I have 2 teeth missing, several chipped teeth and almost every tooth has a filling.

When I broke a tooth in half, I finally decided to see Dr. Tor. During my initial few appointments, he cleaned my teeth, took X-rays and plaster casts (which I've had before at other dentists) and jaw and bite measurements (which I've never had done). He outlined an initial treatment plan for my broken tooth, and gave me some idea of what I had to do to fix the rest of my teeth if I so chose later. He explained how my particular teeth and bite configuration was causing the problems that I was experiencing, and how we could go about fixing them.

While placing my initial crown, he found big problems with one of the teeth next to my broken one. He stopped, and discussed the treatment options for this new problem with me, and then continued with treatment after I made my decision. Fast forward a month and I had 2 provisional crowns placed (which feel great), and the problem is almost fixed.

At every point in my treatments I've felt respected and well informed, which is new to me from my dentist. Dr. Tor always explains exactly what he's doing as he's doing it, and explains treatment options with me, as well as making recommendations when I ask for his opinion. He always stresses that doing nothing is always an option, so I don't feel pressured to undergo any treatment I don't think is necessary.

I've been to a lot of dentists and would have characterized myself with a phobia of dentists, but I've not found that the case with Dr. Tor. I would recommend Dr. Tor to anyone who hates dentists and thinks their teeth are a lost cause.

Tim G.
Austin, TX

Dr. Gotun consistently provides a friendly and professional approach to dentistry. He is very communicative with proposed treatments and also very informative and educational about possibilities if certain approaches and correct dental maintenance is ignored. He uses his vast experience to be innovative and contributes opinions to the practice, which are respected nationwide. Like many, I never had much of an appetite to go see the dentist, but Dr. Gotun and his staff eases those jitters with their friendly and ethical approach.

Colin K.
Austin, TX

I am a fairly new patient of Dr. Gotun. I am 60 years old and have never had a dentist be so thorough, knowledgeable and explain everything in such detail. No question went unanswered. Dr. Gotun is highly educated and the smartest guy in the room. My first appointment was x-rays and photos with a detailed explanation of what the history of my mouth was from my childhood on. Then I was told no charge, get back with us if you want to correct anything. Tor is amazing.

Randy M.
Austin, TX

Austin has many wonderful and cool things. Who knew that a dentist could be one them! No Drill and Fill at Austin Smile Creations... you are treated as family and scheduled so that you are typically the only patient being seen.

Tor educates, consults and does an amazing job repairing the years of damage I have done to my teeth. If you're a grinder, he will change your quality of life.

You will love his chair side manner and actually look forward to your cleanings.

Oh yeah, his staff is great too!

Chris G.
Round Rock, TX

Dr. Gotun's approach to dentistry is function, beauty, and to get the longest lasting results possible. With that said, thank you, Dr. Gotun, for helping my kid avoid braces by fitting him with "mouth tools" early on which made the room in his mouth for his teeth to fall nicely into place. You saved us time and money because you are on top of your profession and an ethical practitioner at that. Now, you must never retire!

Debra C.
Pflugerville, TX

This is a long overdue review that I have been thinking to write since a while ago. First of all I would like to say that the 4-year treatments with Dr. Gotun was the best dental experience I ever had. I might be one of those patients who received many treatments within four years which included deep cleaning, root canals, gum surgery, bone crafting, implanting, crowning, etc. for both upper and bottom teeth. Whenever I look back these years, I always feel that I was very lucky to have Dr. Gotun and his team to do all my treatments. His patience of understanding my case let me be able to face the dental problems that bothered me for over 20 years. His thorough explanation had me be able to be prepared for what came next. His passion to dental technology with broad knowledge gave me a confidence. His great skills and thorough planning helped me go through much less pain and uncomfortable. Dr. Gotun has a charming team (appreciation to Brooke, Mila and Myra) - their positive attitude and all-time-caring during and after all the treatments helped me greatly on going through the four year's treatments. Overall, I cannot appreciate enough to Dr. Gotun and his team.

Zenon O.
Austin, TX

Dr. Gotun is awesome I started going when I was about 12 to get my braces. I was scared but he made me feel comfortable. He did an unusual procedure which was successful! What I like a lot is that he can do everything and you don't have to go here for cleanings for there for surgery......Just called to talk about getting my wisdom teeth out soon....eeeekkk but I will be in good hands. My Father has been going for 30+ years for many different things. I love his office the chairs sit in front of a huge window looking into birds and trees. The office staff is just as good. Super friendly!! I would refer him to everyone that ask! Thank doc-TOR

Carly M.
Austin, TX

I came to Dr. Gotun in need of some serious help that the military failed to do. He explained every step of the way along with what all my options were. He does such a great job and always wants to make sure you are happy. Thanks Dr. Gotun!

Chanel L.
Austin, TX

I have tried many dentists in town, spent a lot of money on dental work so far only to find out what a sloppy job each of them did. Unfinished root canals, patching of old fillings with new fillings etc.
Finally I came across Dr. Tor Gotun - one of the best dentists in Ausitn and beyond! OK, if you need a simple filling and generally do not have major dental problems, go to any dentist. Even if they got all Cs in dental school they can probably do the basic job. But if you have a major dental issues or need fixing what other dentists screwed up, give Dr. Tor Gotun at Austin Smile Creation a shot.
Dr. Gotun will actually demonstrate and explain what the issues are and he will draft a long term plan how to address your issue. His capabilities are not only in cosmetic dentistry but he also follows principals of orthodontics and functionality which, sadly, most dentists don't understand and omit.

Ania P.
Austin, TX

The best experiences I have had at a dental office. I was actually reffered in by another doctor who spoke highly of this place. Dr. Gotun takes time with his patients and he is very educated in the field. I felt as though he explained everything to where I could understand the treatment and he also gave me an outline of what needed to be done. He was able to do everything including braces so I didn't have to go to five different offices which would have cost me a fortune. I would suggest coming in for anyone who wants great all around treatment and wants to avoid visiting a ton of specialists.

Herbert S.
Austin, TX

I always have a great experience with Dr. Gotun. The visits are always quick and efficient. He provides clear descriptions of my treatment options and the time frame for when I might need to consider them. He doesn't push unnecessary treatments.

Ken J.
Austin, TX

Dr. Gotun and his staff are awesome. They are very accommodating (even bring you water a blanket to keep you comfortable in your dentist chair!) and it is a very homey environment. Dr. Gotun is well educated and follows the most recent evidence based practice. He always takes time explaining and making sure his patients understand all of his recommendations, as well as poses various options so the patient has a choice in their own treatment. This is the first dental place I have felt very confident that I am getting the best care for my teeth and my jaw issues. The staff are consistent (low employee turnover) and they always remember you by face and by name. I will definitely be continuing my dental care here!

Alyson H.
Austin, TX

Tor Gotun is by far the finest and most professional Dentist I have ever been to and I am very fortunate to have found my way to his office. I have been under his watchful care for approximately 8 years. His office staff is second to none and I love the fact that I never have to wait when I arrive for my appointment. What a concept!! Dr. Gotun does it all and always does it extremely well. I like not being referred out to other specialists. My teeth and mouth (very small) have been a challenge since I was a child and Austin Smile Creations has been by far the best in dealing with all the issues.

Michael R.
Austin, TX

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.
Austin, TX

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