Laser Dentistry in Austin - Soft Tissue, Low-Level Laser Therapy & More

Gum surgery and oral tumor removal were once frightening prospects because they involved scalpels and sutures. However, the advent of laser dentistry has made dental procedures involving the soft tissues no more intimidating than receiving a filling. By visiting a laser dentist, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a new and exciting technology. If you need dental care with minimal discomfort and fast healing times, Austin laser dentist, Dr. Tor Gotun skillfully treats patients with a diode laser to perform a wide array of procedures.

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The Benefits of Soft Tissue Lasers in Dentistry

Diode lasers use focused wavelengths of light to remove soft tissues. This approach eliminates bleeding and the need for sutures. More precise than traditional dental surgery, the laser also sterilizes the surgical site to enhance and quicken the healing process and significantly reduce discomfort.

In most cases, you won’t even require an anesthetic prior to the procedure. Lasers are especially beneficial to patients with dental phobias because they do not produce the same noise as conventional dental tools, allowing patients to relax during procedures.You may experience the sound of a rush of air, since air suction is often used to keep the area cool and clean.



Treating Periodontal Disease with Dental Lasers

Periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss and can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. To help you maintain your oral and general health, Austin laser dentist, Dr. Gotun performs deep cleanings of the gums and tooth roots, using the diode laser to sterilize the periodontal pockets and remove damaged gum tissue. A dental laser allows for faster healing and new tissue regeneration.
If you have gum recession, our Austin dentist can use the laser to perform gum grafting, a procedure that involves removing healthy tissue from another part of the mouth and grafting it to the affected area to cover and protect exposed tooth roots that are vulnerable to decay.

Laser Gingivectomy

A balanced, attractive smile displays more of the teeth than the gum tissues. If your smile is too “gummy,” a diode laser can be used to remove some of the tissues so that your teeth appear longer and the gums are less visible. Our Austin Laser dentistry can give you a better cosmetic appearance by contouring and reshaping gum tissues that appear irregular and uneven.
With laser surgery, there is a reduced need for local anesthesia, bleeding is minimized, swelling is controlled, and there is usually little, if any, postoperative discomfort.

Other Laser Dentistry Procedures from Our Austin OfficeLaser Dentistry in Austin - Soft Tissue & LLLT

In Dr. Gotun’s skilled hands, the complete removal of benign tumors and small lesions can be carried out quickly with little or no discomfort using the diode laser. We can also perform a frenectomy, which involves excising the small band of tissue that connects the lip and gums in front of the teeth. A frenectomy can alleviate restricted movement of the lips and, along with orthodontic treatment, help correct a gap between the two front teeth.

For patients suffering from herpes simplex, laser dentistry can treat outbreaks on the mouth, as long the patient visits our office as the first sign of a problem. We are proud to offer Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) which research shows improves the speed and quality of tissue repair, reduces inflammation and helps relieve pain.

Laser energy also enhances the effect of teeth bleaching agents for faster and more effective results. Natural-looking materials used for restoring teeth are more quickly cured to greater hardness with the use of a laser. In addition, lasers that remove tooth decay make treatment fast and seldom require anesthesia.

Modern, Comfortable Laser Dentistry in Austin, TX

Dental lasers are used for a variety of procedures. Dr. Gotun knows how care during certain treatments can be more patient-friendly with a laser than with alternative traditional methods. Dr. Gotun has devoted training time and expense to be able to bring you the many advantages of this exciting new technology.

For laser dentistry in Austin performed by a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, schedule your appointment with Dr. Gotun at Austin Smile Creations today. A thorough evaluation will reveal if you are a good candidate for this state-of-the-art treatment method.


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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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