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 125 reviews from around the Web.
  • 12/23/2017
         
    Very friendly office staff and dentist. Highly recommend.
  • 11/15/2018
         
    Excellent professional team with the personal touch. Great experience here for this satisfied customer and patient!
  • 10/27/2017
         
    I have an excellent dentist office - always friendly and courteous:)
  • 08/23/2017
         
    Thank you for taking care of my husband's needs and making him so comfortable while being there! Will definitely recommend this dentist to others in the...
  • 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.
  • 03/15/2017
         
    Great staff, always friendly. Dr. Hanchett has always shown sincere compassion at every visit from a cleaning to filling to a crown.
  • 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...
  • 02/16/2018
         
    The front desk ladies were awesome, and Ginger was very welcoming. Dr. Hanchett was quick and thorough and insured me of my next visit.
  • 08/01/2017
         
    The business office is ALWAYS professional and welcoming. I greatly appreciate that Becky ALWAYS stops what she's doing to talk with me. In this day &...
  • 02/01/2019
         
    Dr. Hanchett's office is always a pleasure to visit. His front desk gals are always welcoming.
  • 03/03/2017
         
    It's all good.. I have always had dentist the graduated from UofD.. from my very first.. Dr Bell & Dr Bass.. in Hamtramck. . To now.. all have been...
  • 12/13/2018
         
    Great people great 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......
  • 07/28/2017
         
    Great dentist! Calm and patient! I was a first time patient and very nervous. He put me at ease and I'm going back!!
  • 01/23/2019
         
    This is my favorite dental practice. The care is great and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
  • 11/10/2018
         
    The staff is very friendly and helpful! Dr. Hanchett is great and very friendly; he’s is great addition to our community.
  • 11/01/2017
         
    I have had extensive dental work most of my life. I am so grateful I found Dr. Hanchett and his staff. I needed a partial....
  • 06/05/2017
         
    Dr. Hanchett and is staff are friendly and professional. Our family looks forward to going to the dentist :)

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.