Meet the Doctor
Meet Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Michele Bibeau DDS
"Excellence in dentistry begins with a careful co-diagnosis and treatment plan to establish the goals we will achieve together. Communication and long-term relationships are important to us. Let us know what is on your mind and ask questions. We are caring, skilled professionals, dedicated to simplifying what is often a very complicated and confusing area of health care. We want all our patients to be informed and knowledgeable about their dental health care."
Dr. Michele Bibeau
DR. BIBEAU GRADUATED FROM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO IN 1988. SHE RECEIVED HER BACHELOR OF SCIENCE FROM LOYOLA UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, IN BIOLOGY AND CHEMESTRY.
DR. BIBEAU IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY AND HAS A RECEIVED DIPLOMATE STATUS WITH THE ICOI SINCE 2002. DR BIBEAU IS ALSO AN ACTIVE FELLOW TO ACADEMY OF OSEOINTEGRATION.
MICHELE OPENED HER OFFICE IN PRESCOTT, ARIZONA IN 1989. SHE HAS BEEN OFFERING HER PATIENTS THE OPTION OF DENTAL IMPLANTS FOR OVER TWENTY YEARS. SHE IS UTILIZING CT SCAN TECHNOLOGY SINCE 2007, WHICH POTENTIALLY OFFERS IMMEDIATE PROSTHETIC PLACEMENT POST SURGICAL.
- NOBEL BIOCARE WORLD CONFERENCE YEARLY
- IMAGING SCIENCES INTERNATIONAL
- ORAL SEDATION DENTISTRY
- AMERICAN ACADEMY OF IMPLANT DENTISTRY
- SEDATION SOLUTIONS FOR THE CHALLENGING PATIENT
- NOBEL IMPLANT GUIDED SURGERY
- DIPLOMATE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF ORAL IMPLANTOLOGY
- FELLOW OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF IMPLANT DENTISTRY
- AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGEONS
- DENTAL ORGANIZATION FOR ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
- ARIZONA DENTAL ASSOCIATION
- AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION
Meet Dr Bibeau through a recent article in The Prescott Womans Magazine:
24 Prescott Woman • December 2008/January 2009
By Michelle Bibeau, DDS
One of the greatest pleasures in my daily work life is being able to tell patients who are facing the loss of teeth—or have already lost them—about the recent breakthroughs that have occurred in the field of implant dentistry. Most people are already aware of dental implants as an alternative to bridges or dentures. Surgically implanted in the jawbone, these titanium posts support artificial teeth that, if carefully created, are indistinguishable from natural incisors,bicuspids, cuspids, and molars. Moreover, implants actually maintain the health of the jawbone just as natural teeth do. That’s important because when teeth are lost and bone atrophy occurs, one’s appearance can be drastically altered. Dentures may no longer fit well, and pain and functional problems follow. Patients often assume that implant treatment requires months of office visits, including invasive surgery and a painful recovery. Although this was true in the past, modern implant treatment is now delivered with a minimum amount of discomfort, time and office visits. Modern technological and medical innovations have led to significant breakthroughs utilizing sophisticated techniques first developed for surgeons operating on the delicate tissues of the brain. These techniques have been adapted to modern dentistry, enabling dentists to view detailed, three dimensional images of the jaw. This allows nerve pathways, jawbone contour, and bone density to be evaluated. Traditional X-rays provide only a flat, two-dimensional, incomplete picture of these structures. Previously, dentists placing implants have had to create large incisions to ensure proper placement. In our Prescott office, we’re pleased to be able to offer this CT-scan technology to examine bone contours without disturbing the tissue. After employing the CT-scan unit, we load the 3D images into a computer using sophisticated software to plan the surgery. The software allows me to predetermine the final placement of the implant-supported teeth. I then create a surgical guide which allows placement of the implants exactly as planned on the computer. Tiny holes drilled through gum tissue and bone are all that’s required. Recovery from the surgery is almost immediate, with virtually no swelling or pain. I can be confident that the implants will quickly intergrate with the bone and serve my patients well for decades. Many patients leave my office on the day of their implant surgery wearing functional implant-supported teeth, an option all but unimaginable even 10 years ago. More complex dental problems may require more detailed treatment. I have utilized CT scan technology since the end of 2007 and i am one of approximately 12 dentists in the entire state currently employing this technology. Most importantly, my patients get non-removable teeth that work and feel like natural teeth—while experiencing no more discomfort or inconvenience than having a cavity filled. Impressed by Prescott’s friendly atmosphere, Dr. Bibeau opened her dental practice here in 1989 immediately after graduation from Northwestern University School of Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois. She has offered her patients the option of dental implants for over 20 years. Dr. Bibeau is a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
For more information, please call (928) 776-0606, or visit the office at 1058 Fair Street in Prescott.