Meet Dr. Richard L. Gore

Changing Lives, Health, and Smiles

I’ve been practicing dentistry for more than 40 years and truly love what I do. I look forward to coming into the clinic on Monday morning; I know I’m going to have a day filled with fascinating conversations and happy smiles.

As a dentist, I’m able to help patients achieve lasting, positive changes. By improving someone’s smile, I help them feel better about their appearance. That leads to them being happier and more confident in all parts of their life. I’m also able to restore function to a patient’s mouth. This means more comfortable chewing and less stress on their facial and jaw muscles. I can relieve dental pain, increasing an individual’s quality of life, too.

Personally and professionally, I’m passionate about people who want to improve their lives. I love caring for people who want to take control of the oral health. A patient’s smile at the end of a procedure, and their thanks for making it easy and comfortable, makes my day.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Abilene High School
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, McMurry College
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of Texas Dental School at Houston

I continue to study comprehensive dentistry with an emphasis on cosmetic restorations. I’m a life-long learner, which has given me the ability to provide exceptional care. Continuing education in the use of sedation, implant restorations, and adult orthodontics mean more treatment options and better care for my patients.

Professional Memberships

I maintain an active membership in the American Dental Association. I’m also a member of the Crown Council. This is a progressive group of dentists who give of their time, talent, and resources.

Personal Life

I grew up and went to school in Abilene. After graduating from dental school, I started my practice in Albany. I then moved to Abilene so my wife Nancy could open her ballet school.

Nancy and I were high school sweethearts. We have three children, Lisa, Erica, and Laura, and five grandchildren, too. We are fortunate to share in their lives: soccer baseball, track, and dance have all been part of our life.

When I’m not working at the clinic, I’m often working outside at our cottage, where I can plant, trim, and enjoy our plants. I love being outside, watching the hawk fly, the young deer across the road, and the multitude of butterflies. Long ago I learned I must spend time in the outdoors, working with plants and seeing the beauty in our world.

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