Gum Disease (Periodontitis) Prevention & Treatment in West Lake Hills - Austin Periodontic Options

Your gums are the foundation of your mouth; when there are problems with your gums, the health of your teeth and jawbone will eventually suffer. However, the effects of gum disease, also called periodontal disease and periodontitis, don't stop at your mouth. Keeping your gums healthy can help prevent a host of general health conditions, and Dr. Tor Gotun makes this easy by offering the most advanced periodontic treatments in Austin.

Your Gums and the Mouth-Body Connection

Researchers have linked periodontal disease to many general health conditions including dementia, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, and diabetes. Causal factors have yet to be established, but there are two pervading theories. One theory is that the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease gains easy entry into the bloodstream via damaged gum tissues. These bacteria can then travel to the heart, brain, and other organ systems and lead to new disease processes. The second theory is that the inflammatory nature of periodontitis causes an inflammatory response in other parts of the body, triggering new conditions or worsening existing ones.


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I have been to more dentists and endodontists than I care to admit and when I moved to Austin I had to look for a new one, I found one and wasn't terribly pleased but I just figured HEY, your getting a root canal what's to like! I have several dental issues that need to be addressed but for whatever reason most dentists shy away from them and just deal with the small picture. I met someone that works for Dr. Guton and was impressed with how passionate she was about his practice so I thought maybe I should give this guy a try. I am so glad that I did! I have never had someone go into so much detail as Dr Guton.  ...view more










The Progression of Gum Disease

Gum disease starts with the formation of plaque on the gums and teeth. If you floss and brush daily to remove plaque and the irritating bacteria contained therein, your gum tissues will remain healthy. Regular professional teeth cleanings will also help keep plaque at bay. Plaque that is allowed to build up over time will irritate the gums. This stage of gum disease is called gingivitis, and its symptoms may be minimal at first but will eventually emerge in the form of puffiness, redness and bleeding if not treated. Improving your oral hygiene at home and undergoing regular teeth cleanings at Austin Smile Creations may be all you need to reverse your gingivitis.

Once you progress past gingivitis, your periodontal disease becomes a chronic condition that requires continuous management. Unremoved plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which pushes the gums away from the tooth roots and creates periodontal pockets that collect bacteria. Without treatment, these oral bacteria will progressively destroy your gum tissues and the bone that supports the teeth, the end result of which is tooth loss.

Periodontic Treatments

A Master in the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Tor Gotun has completed thousands of hours of continuing education to offer patients the most effective periodontics in Austin. Common procedures include:

Traditional teeth cleaning: This is the typical teeth cleaning procedure that you receive at a six-month checkup. It involves removing tartar and polishing the teeth to create a slick surface that is uninviting to plaque and oral bacteria. Regular teeth cleanings can help prevent periodontal disease and eliminate gingivitis.

Scaling and root planing: This procedure, which is performed under local anesthesia, is called a deep cleaning and consists of removing plaque and bacteria that have collected in the periodontal pockets. Next, the rough surfaces of the tooth roots are polished. Depending on each patient's situation, this procedure is carried out with either traditional dental tools or a diode laser. Laser Dentistry is invaluable in sterilizing periodontal pockets and precisely removing infected tissues.

Locally applied antibiotics: After a deep cleaning, we may place a topical antibiotic inside the periodontal pockets to prevent bacterial growth while your gums are healing.

Austin, TX Cutting Edge Periodontics

Considering the potential health risks of diseased gums, you can't afford not to take a proactive approach to your oral health. Whether you need a simple cleaning and checkup, have full-blown periodontal disease or need to get your gums in good shape for dental implants, Dr. Tor Gotun will provide the most beneficial treatment to enhance your oral and general health. Contact us today to set up your Austin periodontics consultation.


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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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