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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 145 reviews from around the Web.
  • 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.
  • 07/31/2019
         
    Every step is done easy for me and timely.
  • 11/13/2017
         
    Great staff; great dentist. Professional, considerate and ubër friendly dentist and staff. Two thumbs up.
  • 09/19/2018
         
    Treated so nice! Lost a crown & they took me the minute I came in 😁
  • 02/01/2019
         
    Dr. Hanchett's office is always a pleasure to visit. His front desk gals are always welcoming.
  • 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....
  • 11/14/2018
         
    Friendly, thorough, professional!
  • 01/11/2018
         
    I found the staff very helpful and efficient. Dr. Hanchett was professional, patient and answered all of my questions.
  • 12/13/2018
         
    Great people great dentist
  • 07/26/2019
         
    Great people, great work...
  • 04/18/2019
         
    Great service! The staff is friendly and helpful! Dr. Hanchett is very nice and does fantastic job! I trust him with my family!
  • 03/31/2019
         
    They are beyond amazing with my 3 year old. So interactive and patient. I can’t say enough amazing things about them
  • 06/21/2019
         
    They are very patient oriented and will accommodate an individuals schedule .
  • 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
  • 07/16/2019
         
    Great place to get your dental needs addressed! Wonderful smiling people to get you behind the desk and amazing dental staff!
  • 06/21/2019
         
    I can honestly say that in all the years I've been going to Dr. Hanchette practice, I have never experienced pain during any of my procedures.
  • 12/19/2018
         
    Great periodontal care w/Cheryl, superb professionalism & wonderful dental techniques w/Dr. James, and terrific office staff detailing w/Deb & Kristi!

Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
Root Canals

Inner Tooth Infections

A “root canal,” or pulpectomy, is a treatment for infections in the soft inner tissue of a tooth. Root canal infections can spread into the outer areas of the tooth, causing discoloration. If left untreated, they will affect the health of the jaw and other tissues surrounding the tooth.

About Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are the thin passages that run from the soft inner tissue of your tooth (pulp) to the tip of the root of your tooth. These canals may become infected in a variety of ways, most commonly as a result of untreated cavities. Because the canals contain nerve fibers, infections of this sort are often accompanied by varying amounts of pain.

Root canal procedures not only preserve your dental and oral health, but also improve the appearance of teeth darkened by infection. They are likewise a preventative measure to help you to avoid costly restorations to replace a tooth lost to decay and infection.

Aren't Root Canals Painful?

Many people are concerned by the potential pain of a root canal procedure. You may be surprised to learn that modern day root canal therapy is usually painless and no more uncomfortable than having a filling placed.

Procedure

After sufficiently numbing the area, the doctor creates an opening on the surface of the tooth. He then removes any decayed tissue or bacteria. An instrument called a root canal file is then used to remove the nerve fibers and clean out infected tissue from within the thin canals. We use magnifying equipment to aid in the procedure.

Next, the inside of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and supplied with initial filling material, accompanied by medications to soothe the area.

A final filling, such as those used to fix cavities, is applied to the surface of the tooth. In many cases, a crown is placed instead of a filling to provide more structural support for the tooth.

Most often, both the diagnostic exam and the root canal procedure can be completed in one office visit.