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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 146 reviews from around the Web.
  • 11/15/2018
         
    Dr. Hanchett was able to see me immediately, was very pleasant, and explained things as he went along.
  • 09/01/2018
         
    I am completely satisfied with my overall care and treatment.
  • 06/12/2019
         
    Efficient, expert, and friendly service.
  • 12/01/2018
         
    Every aspect, from the waiting room to making my next appointment was top notch.
  • 07/11/2018
         
    Great dentist, great staff!! They care, and make you feel welcome the minute you walk in. I had oral surgery done, everything was explained very clear and all went well.
  • 11/14/2018
         
    Friendly, thorough, professional!
  • 07/11/2018
         
    Gentle, caring and friendly atmosphere and people.
  • 07/31/2019
         
    Every step is done easy for me and timely.
  • 04/23/2019
         
    I absolutely love it! The staff is amazing and helpful! Dr. Hanchett is very caring about his patients.
  • 07/26/2019
         
    Great people, great work...
  • 04/29/2018
         
    He has been good to me. They get you in right away You never have much if any wait time. He is very careful not to hurt you .
  • 11/15/2018
         
    Excellent professional team with the personal touch. Great experience here for this satisfied customer and patient!
  • 02/09/2019
         
    Thanks for getting me in so quick!!
  • 12/20/2018
         
    Great periodontal care w/Cheryl, superb professionalism & wonderful dental techniques w/Dr. James, and terrific office staff detailing w/Deb & Kristi!
  • 09/18/2018
         
    I was very impressed with the way Dr. Hanchett explained everything to me about the condition of my teeth and about the procedure I will be having.
  • 08/02/2019
         
    Kasi does a great and thorough job
  • 08/08/2019
         
    Dr Hanchett's staff scheduled me quickly and discovered my dental problem fast. I will be going back soon to take care of it.
  • 10/23/2018
         
    Always a great experience at Dr. Hanchett’s office.....painless, patient, and understanding.

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.