Dental FAQs

My family drinks bottled water. Is this something Dr. Vacek should know?

Yes, it’s important that you tell Dr. Vacek if your family does not drink tap water. Fluoride is essential for strengthening teeth and protecting against cavities and the vast majority of all community water is fluoridated, including Lincoln. Dr. Vacek encourages patients, especially children, to drink tap water. However, if your family chooses to drink bottled water, make sure you discuss it at your family visits. Dr. Vacek may recommend a fluoride treatment or supplement for better oral health.

I have headaches and it seems like I’ve tried everything. Can you help?

Persistent migraines and tension headaches can be a sign of TMJ dysfunction, a common problem in our fast-paced, high-stress society. Many times, patients subconsciously clench or grind their teeth, which can cause sensitive temporomandibular joins (TMJ) to become irritated and inflamed, causing symptoms such as headaches, jaw soreness, and ear pain.

Dr. Vacek checks for signs of TMJ dysfunction at routine dental visits. Often, a simple dental appliance is all that’s needed to alleviate headaches associated with TMJ dysfunction. These comfortable devices simply reposition the jaw, allowing overactive TMJ to rest.

Can I see my future smile before I decide to move forward with a procedure?

Yes! At Vacek Family Dentistry, we offer state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging to help you visualize the results of a recommended treatment. We’ll take a digital photograph of your smile and the Kodak Dental Systems software creates an instant, high-resolution image showing you the benefits of smile enhancements from teeth whitening to porcelain veneers.

I don’t have dental insurance. May I still make an appointment at your office?

Absolutely.  Our Advantage Plan may be the perfect solution for you! We have many patients who do not carry traditional dental insurance, and depending on your situation, the cost/benefit ratio of third party dental insurance may in fact be questionable. In any case, we are here to help you obtain optimal dental health regardless of your insurance, or lack thereof. Let us help you explore your options and customize a cost effective pathway to ideal dentistry. Non-insured patients are the fastest growing segment of our practice, so we know the unique challenges our patients face and can offer unique solutions. Call or email Sheila today and take advantage of a complimentary and customized analysis of your unique situation, goals, and options. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile! Vacek Family Dentistry can help.

Additionally, Vacek Family Dentistry offers a variety of financing options to help you get the dental work you need or the cosmetic dentistry enhancements you want. Our Lincoln family dental practice has partnered with CareCredit to give you more flexibility and choice, and you’re welcome to apply online or to talk more about these options during your visit.

As mentioned, our Advantage Plan is designed specifically for individuals, families and business owners to offer their employees benefits without the administrative, start-up, ongoing cost and limitations of traditional insurance.  Contact us to make your appointment or to learn more.

I have a lot of silver fillings. Are they dangerous to my health and should I have them replaced?

The American Dental Association states that amalgam (silver) dental restorations are safe, so we do not routinely recommend their removal for our patients. However, the technology behind composite (tooth-colored) fillings is very good and always improving, so almost all new fillings placed in our Lincoln office are tooth-colored fillings. We treat amalgam fillings on a case-by-case basis, examining the restorations in your mouth, and inform you of any areas that exhibit wear, breakage, or other potential problems. We would then recommend the replacement of fillings in the problem areas, and would likely use a tooth-colored composite resin. With today's technology, we are able to restore teeth to last for a very long time, and best of all, to look like your natural teeth.

When should I start brushing my child's teeth? When should I schedule their first appointment?

You should start brushing your child's teeth as soon as you see them! It is important to teach your child healthy dental habits from a young age so they will transition more easily to brushing on their own. Begin using a small amount of toothpaste, when your child is able to understand not to swallow.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a dental visit as early as age one. In our office, we ask that your child’s first visit with us be at one of your appointments. This allows us to talk with your child and explain the sights and sounds of a dental office. It’s a good way to transition before we schedule their first "official" visit. We love to see kids in our office, and our team is absolutely wonderful with children making dental visits fun, just the way they should be!