West Lake Hills Dental Implant Specialist - Dr. Tor Gotun - Replace Missing Teeth & More

Although improvements in preventive dentistry have made tooth loss less common, patients who experience trauma, extensive tooth decay, or periodontal disease may still lose one of several of their teeth. The way tooth loss is treated has changed considerably in the last few decades with the advent of dental implants. These titanium cylinders, which replace natural tooth roots not only give you a great-looking smile, but prevent numerous oral health issues that often accompany the loss of teeth.  Austin Smile Creations supports the health and appearance of your smile by providing dental implants in Austin, Texas.

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Why Replace Missing Teeth with Implants?

Missing teeth cause more than a cosmetic problem for your smile. When a tooth is lost or extracted, the remaining teeth can drift toward the gap. This process can lead to a number of issues, including:

• Crooked teeth
• Bite misalignment
• Teeth grinding

Daily functions such as eating and speaking can suffer as your dentition changes, and you may develop a painful condition of the jaw joints known as TMJ disorder. Furthermore, the bone beneath the lost tooth will deteriorate over time, making your face appear prematurely aged. Dentures and fixed dental bridges can fill in gaps caused by missing teeth and prevent tooth drifting, but only dental implants provide the stimulation that the jawbone needs to remain healthy.


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Who Is a Candidate for Dental Implants?

The first step in determining if implants are right for you is scheduling a consultation with our Austin implant dentist, Dr. Gotun, so that he can evaluate your oral health. During your visit, we take digital X-rays and carefully examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone for disease or damage.

In order to be a candidate for dental implant surgery, gum tissues and underlying bone and must be in good health. We can treat any cases of periodontal disease and perform a bone grafting procedure, if necessary, to ensure that you can support the dental implant. Depending upon your case, your bone graft may be performed immediately before implant placement, or we may do it separately to allow for more healing time. 

Before you leave our office, we will lay out a detailed treatment plan that helps you achieve best results with implant dentistry.


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A dental wizard that cares about more than just your teeth – I am blessed with a hereditary tooth disease that has had me in dentist's chairs for hours at a time since I was 6 years old. Suffice it to say, I have experienced an array of practice techniques and have personally experienced almost every dental procedure known to mankind! most of them more than once. I met Dr. Gotun over 20 years ago and he is simply the best. His passion for health does not end with teeth....view more

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The Implant Placement Process

During implant surgery, Dr. Gotun takes the following steps:

1.) Using 3D images as a guide for precise placement, Dr. Gotun inserts the dental implant posts into bone. To ensure your comfort during treatment, Dr. Gotun applies a local anesthetic before placement. Downtime associated with implant surgery is minimal; you can even return to work the same day if you’d like. You will need to avoid hard, crunchy foods for a day or so while your gums heal.

After your implant has been placed, a process called osseointegration occurs, where jawbone bonds with the surface of the implant. This anchors the titanium screw for optimal stability.

2.) After osseointegration is complete, you will return our office so that Dr. Gotun can place attachment pieces, called abutments, on top of your implants. As a final step, we will place your custom-made restorations (crowns, bridges, or dentures) to the abutments, and you will walk out of our dental office with a healthy, brilliant smile.

In addition to traditional dental implants, Dr. Gotun offers mini dental implants and All-on-4 implant dentures to those who are good candidates. Mini implants are smaller in diameter than conventional implants, require considerably less healing time, and can be used for patients who have diminished bone health.

Modern Dental Implants in Austin, TX

For improved oral health and long-lasting treatment for missing teeth, call Austin Smile Creations today to schedule your consultation. Dr. Tor Gotun has practiced dentistry for more than 30 years and has over 20 years of experience in placing dental implants.


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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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