Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Water's Edge
James Hanchett, D.D.S.
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
(231) 627-4301
11404 N Straits Hwy
Cheboygan, MI 49721
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James Hanchett, D.D.S. is rated 5 out of 5 based on 95 reviews from around the Web.
  • 01/23/2016
         
    Kind staff, flexible with scheduling/cancellations. Provided much needed referal.
  • 01/29/2016
         
    It would be nice to have Dr. Hanchett be a PPO BCBSM provider.
  • 03/16/2016
         
    Ginger, Debby, Becky, and of course Dr. Hanchett are wonderful professionals! Thank you, sincerely
  • 06/30/2016
         
    Excellent practice and greatly appreciate the emails for appointment reminders
  • 01/12/2016
         
    Staff and services are excellent. No problems. Consistent and excellent service.
  • 01/23/2016
         
    I like the feeling that I'm not a customer but a friend!
  • 01/15/2016
         
    Your staff, and you, always make going to the dentist a comfortable experience. Thanks!!!
  • 09/02/2016
         
    While on vacation I developed a bad tooth ache. They were able to see me the same day I called. The Doc's diagnosis and treatment was right, I was feeling...
  • 05/05/2016
         
    Ben had a great time at the dentist!
  • 08/23/2017
         
    Saw my husband for the first time on an extremely short notice (called Mon, got him in Tues morning). Staff treated us with great respect and took care of......
  • 03/10/2016
         
    Front desk staff member was excellent in her performance of her job and her friendly behavior. I was also impressed by the Dental Hygienist, she explained...
  • 03/30/2016
         
    Cheryl was awesome, best hygienist I've had in quite some Time.
  • 07/22/2016
         
    Everyone was very friendly and there were no surprises. Actually enjoyed going to the dentist!
  • 03/18/2016
         
    It was great your staff is great and helpful
  • 02/03/2017
         
    U r the best. Thank you for getting me right in. I really appreciated it
  • 09/05/2016
         
    I am so glad to have James Hanchett as my DDS/dentist. I have had great results and feel at ease with the staff and office.
  • 06/29/2017
         
    The team at Dr. Hanchett's office is excellent. From the front desk, to the dental hygienist, to Dr. Hanchett, they are kind, helpful, friendly, and gentle.
  • 10/20/2017
         
    First visit... Recently moved to Cheboygan and just trying toi establish with new doctors. Pleasant, friendly. Hygienist was VERY thorough. I feel quite...
  • 06/04/2017
         
    Dr. Hanchett and his staff are the best! They care and are on top of things. I rate them a 5 star dental office.

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
Bridges & Removable Partials

Adult teeth may be lost due to a variety of reasons.  These include advanced periodontal disease, trauma or decay.

If missing teeth are not replaced, your other teeth can drift out of position. The area also becomes more susceptible to gum disease and decay of the surrounding teeth.

A bridge is a restorative structure used to replace missing teeth.  Bridges consist of one or more false teeth (pontics) that are held in place by fixtures that attach to the surrounding teeth. Bridges fall under two main categories, 'fixed' and removable partial dentures.  Fixed bridges are cemented in place and cannot be taken out.  Removable partial dentures are not permanently attached and are removed at night or for cleaning purposes.

Bridges can dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth by replacing missing teeth, or teeth that have to be extracted.  The materials used to create the bridge are made to match the color of your natural teeth, while providing comparable structural support.  

Removable Partial Denture

A removable partial denture (RPD) consists of an artificial tooth or teeth with small attachments on either side.  These attachments anchor the artificial tooth to the teeth beside it, but can be detached when the RPD needs to be removed.  Attachments may be made of metal or a flexible material that blends into your surrounding tissues.  Being removable is useful for cleaning, but may cause the device to be slightly less retentive than a fixed bridge.

Fixed Bridge

Traditional Fixed Bridge
A traditional fixed bridge is composed of a full artificial tooth with crowns attached to either side.  These crowns are cemented over the teeth next to the missing tooth, and hold the artificial tooth in place where your missing tooth had been.  Bridges are custom designed to look just like natural teeth and to fit with your bite.

Resin-Bonded Bridge
In some cases, fixed bridges may be anchored using resin and metal bands instead of crowns.  This may be appropriate when the abutment teeth are healthy, well anchored and free of fillings.  In this case, metal anchors are affixed to the abutment teeth using a strong resin.  The artificial tooth is then anchored to these bands.

Procedure for Fixed Bridge

The teeth next to the empty space will be reduced in order to receive the crown portion of the bridge.  Then an impression will be taken of the whole area (the missing area and the two teeth next to it).

This impression is sent to a lab, and a bridge custom-designed to fit the area.  Just as with the placement of a crown, a temporary bridge will be put in place to protect your teeth and gums while the restoration is being constructed.