Praxis Prof. Tepper

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to questions that patients often ask us.


Implants


Implant consultation – how does it work?

It is our principle to start each and every therapy with a personal conversation. We believe that expert consultation should be free for the patient. You are welcome to bring a companion, for example, your partner to this important appointment.


What do I need to do?

In principle, you do not have to do or bring anything. We make a panoramic x-ray of your teeth (covered by Austrian insurance/ e-card), and in more complex cases, we’ll take a digital volume tomography (DVT). We have our own DVT-device, and are able to perform exact three-dimensional treatment planning. This significantly increases the precision of the implantation and minimizes treatment risks.


Are there different implants or are they all the same?

There is a huge number of implant manufacturers around the globe. We use only implants from manufacturers with over 50 years of experience and the best possible guarantee for patients. The differences arise from the purity of the titanium, the most innovative concepts and above all the question: Would we as dentists use this implant for ourselves or not? One should not forget that the implant becomes part of the body – what we as specialists do not want in our body, our patients do not get. In this point, we are uncompromising, and our advice is: Do not look for the cheapest implant, but the highest quality at the fairest price!


The cost issue

Every patient is individual – every mouth is different. You will receive tailor-made cost estimates from us, so that you are always fully informed about of the costs. Since we are a specialized practice for implants and are among the European practices with the highest number of implants placed, we are able to use our purchasing volume to calculate particularly attractive prices for our patients.



How long does it take to get an implant?

A single implant is placed in 3 to 5 minutes. Here, the routine of the specialist plays a big role. In general, 4 to 8 implants rarely take more than 20 to 30 minutes to be inserted. 99% of our patients only require local anesthesia – if needed, we can offer general anesthesia as well.


How long does the whole therapy take – from implant to teeth?

Generally, implants in the mandible (lower jaw) take two months, in the maxilla (upper jaw) three months for integration – that’s the time after which most of the final dental work is placed. In the meantime, provisionals will be provided.


What is an immediate implant?

An immediate implant is the most modern form of implantology. Here, after careful removal of the tooth, the implant is inserted into the existing tooth socket (“hole” in the bone). The procedure is extremely gentle, takes only a few minutes and saves additional intervention, trips to the dentist and costs. Whether such an immediate implantation is feasible must be decided individually.


I have diabetes, is that a hindrance?

Nowadays, a diabetic whose blood sugar has been well controlled under medical supervision is mostly a normal patient for implants. The scientific results show that the success rates of implants are excellent in diabetics and that nothing stands in the way of implantation. Ideal oral hygiene is needed.


I’m taking anti-coagulants – is that a problem?

Nowadays, a large part of the population is on some sort of anti-coagulant therapy (taking medication such as Marcoumar, Plavix, Sintrom, Thrombo Ass, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Lixiana, etc.). An interruption of this therapy is usually not necessary. If necessary, we will consult with your GP and decide individually.



Dentistry


Does my child need braces?

Our first orthodontic consultation is free of charge. The following are signs that your child should be seen by an orthodontist:

  • Circular gap between the upper and lower teeth (missing bite or open bite)
  • Crowded teeth due to lack of space (because the jaw is too small and the teeth are too large)
  • Crossbite
  • The upper is too wide and the upper teeth are in front of the lower teeth (Overbite)
  • Missing teeth

Why and when are braces necessary for adults?

Misalignment of the teeth or the jaw can lead to discomfort in the temporomandibular joint and to increased pressure on teeth. Some muscle groups – especially in the face and neck area – are used unevenly. The medical use of adult braces can improve existing conditions (such as neck and headaches). Corrected ideal occlusion of teeth provide for healthy loading.

Teeth also wear off unusually quickly when they are misaligned. Furthermore, if the teeth are too close together, oral hygiene is hardly possible anymore due to crowding, making stains and dirt accumulate. This not only damages the teeth, but also the periodontium, and can cause long-term severe damage (periodontitis).

Last but not least, more and more patients simply wish they had “beautiful straight teeth”. Orthodontics are not only recommended for functional problems, but also for high-end aesthetics.



What do braces/tooth regulations cost?

Every patient is an individual – every mouth is different. You will receive individual cost estimates from us that are tailored to your individual wishes, so you are always aware of the costs beforehand. We also try to give you a reliable prognosis about the duration of the orthodontic treatment.


What about eating and hygiene?

At the beginning of an orthodontic treatment, you will have a feeling of pressure and tension. The teeth have to move, and that can be uncomfortable the first few days. Especially if you have fixed braces, you should try to avoid hard and sticky foods in the first few days. Since unclean teeth and gums cause tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease – especially during orthodontics – the daily thorough tooth cleaning is a prerequisite. We will help you and show you exactly how to take the best care of your teeth. Oral hygiene of course is easier with the removable aligners (“transparent braces”), because you can take them out for eating and dental care. You therefore do not have to do without certain foods and are also not restricted in oral hygiene.




Implantology & Oral Surgery

Prof. Gabor Tepper MD, DMD, PhD


focuses on implantology (titanium implants, ceramic implants), oral surgery, and has over 20 years of international teaching and lecturing experience.


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Orthodontics

Christina Tepper, DMD


specializes in orthodontics and the aligning of teeth using both removable and non-removable orthodontic appliances, transparent aligners, as well as aesthetic dentistry and teeth whitening (bleaching).


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Implant Prosthetics

Thomas Tepper, DMD, MD


focuses on implant prosthetics – and has four decades of experience in this high-end field.


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Aesthetics, Prosthetics, General Dentistry

Susanna Tepper, DMD, MD


is responsible for aesthetics, prosthetics and conservative dentistry – treating families over generations.


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