Len Tolstunov, DDS, DMD

It's very rewarding to help someone who is in pain. I enjoy educating my patients about their condition and treatment so that we can reach the desired outcome together.

Meet Dr. Tolstunov

Dr. Len Tolstunov is originally from Moscow, Russia. His father was a dentist and during dental school, Dr. Tolstunov decided to pursue oral surgery as a middle ground between dentistry and surgery. His passion for knowledge and education has driven him to complete all of the requirements for a dental degree both in Russia and the United States.

Over the last 20 years, he has published over 35 articles and journals, and he loves to teach at Pacific University, School of Dentistry. He is most passionate about the creative elements surrounding oral surgery, such as creating a solution to a patient’s unique condition and performing complicated procedures. Dr. Tolstunov wants patients to know that he wants to benefit their lives for the short term and in the long run. He delivers compassionate care and spends time educating patients.

Dr. Tolstunov has written two books on bone augmentation in implant dentistry that were published in 2016.

Education & residency

Dr. Tolstunov graduated from the prestigious Moscow Dental University with Summa Cum Laude in 1985 and spent 3 years training in the emergency/trauma hospital in Moscow. He moved to San Francisco in 1989 and completed dental school at the University of Pacific Dental School in 1992. From there, he completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco and joined this practice in 1997. Dr. Tolstunov’s educational history is so unique because he has completed two dental schools and two residency programs in two countries—Russia and the United States.

  • University of California, San Francisco
  • University of Pacific Dental School


Dr. Tolstunov is board-certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a fellow/member of many professional organizations, including:

Dr. Tolstunov holds part-time teaching status in the departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery as an associate clinical professor at both University of the Pacific, School of Dentistry, and UCSF, School of Dentistry. He is a certified CPR and ACLS provider.

Dr. Tolstunov lectures nationally and internationally and is an editor of two books and many chapters on bone augmentation in implant dentistry. He is also the founder and director of the International Bone Symposium at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco.

  • American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of Osseointegration

Outside of work

When he’s not at work, Dr. Tolstunov enjoys reading and writing literature and scholarly articles. He plays piano and composes music and poems, and likes to travel when he has the chance. As a wine specialist, he loves being in Wine Country!

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