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 224 reviews from around the Web.
  • 02/26/2021
         
    I’m so happy we found you, I am so impressed at your kindness and caring.
  • 01/26/2021
         
    Best dental office ever!!!
  • 02/25/2021
         
    My visit and care was excellent! Dr. Jim and staff have always been very friendly and accommodating!
  • 03/25/2021
         
    Always friendly professional environment with a staff that loves the work that they do to help people.
  • 02/26/2021
         
    Dr. Hanchett’s team did an excellent job! It was a pleasant experience having my teeth cleaned and checked out.
  • 02/19/2021
         
    Wonderful experience again. Was concerned about a change of status on my tooth. Got in right away.
  • 09/22/2020
         
    They were great with my 4 year old and made it a great experience for him.
  • 03/12/2021
         
    Great people all the way-around!!!!!
  • 09/30/2020
         
    I am a new patient and everyone was so nice and kind , right down to the office help. Thank You for getting me in so Dr Hanchett could fix my tooth. The office is beautiful.
  • 02/05/2021
         
    Always excellent care and courteous and professional staff. Dr. Hanchett goes above and beyond to take care of his patients!!
  • 02/16/2021
         
    Every team member there treats me like their favorite patient!Although fully booked on a busy Monday, they were still able to squeeze me in; they are the best!
  • 03/04/2021
         
    Easiest root canal I have ever had and I've had many!! Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere!
  • 03/25/2021
         
    I had a very pleasant experience. Everyone was very friendly and they were very accommodating.
  • 02/12/2021
         
    Always friendly and like a family .
  • 03/04/2021
         
    Always polite and on time. Dr Hanchett is the best! We miss Debbie but wish her a happy retirement!
  • 04/08/2021
         
    Great and friendly staff!
  • 03/28/2021
         
    The hygienist did a very good job and was very gentle
  • 08/27/2020
         
    Cassie does a great job cleaning my teeth. Dr Hanchett gave me a thorough exam. Staff is always pleasant.

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.