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Welcome to the website of R. Shawn Essey, D.M.D., L.L.C., a distinguished dental care provider serving the dental needs of patients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Essey and his team of skilled professionals work together to provide quality dental treatment solutions for children, teens and adults. We strive to provide personalized and thorough dental care to achieve comprehensive dental wellness. From common problems to gum disease, we provide an array of dental services to meet your dental needs. Please see our Services link under Comestic Dentistry for an in-depth look!  


We are proud to announce that Dr. Essey has again been selected as a Pittsburgh Top Dentist for 2017!!!!!  Congratulations to Dr. Essey and staff!!!   

Monthly Updates

November is National Diabetes Month

The link between type 2 diabetes and oral health

Diabetes affects your body's ability to utilize glucose, or blood sugar, for energy.  It can cause many complications which can include nerve damage, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and even blindness.  Another common problem is gum disease and other oral health problems.

According to the American Diabetes Association, people with diabetes are at higher risk for gingivitis and periodontitis, a non reversible form of gum disease.  Diabetes affects your ability to fight off bacteria that can cause gum infections. 

Diabetes is associated with  increased risk for thrush, a type of fungal infection.  Additionally, people with diabetes are likely to have a dry mouth.  This is associated with an increased risk for mouth ulcers, soreness, cavities and dental infections.

Some people with diabetes are at a greater risk for oral health problems than others.  For example, people who don't maintain tight control over their blood sugar levels are more likely to get gum disease.

Also, if you smoke and have diabetes, you are at greater risk for oral health concerns that someone who has diabetes and doesn't smoke.

Some warning signs are bleeding gums, especially when you floss or brush. Changes in the way your teeth seem to fit together.  Chronic bad breath, even after brushing, is a red flag.  Gums that appear to pull away from the teeth, which may cause your teeth to look longer or larger in appearance.  Permanent teeth that can begin to feel loose, or red swollen gums.

The best way to prevent diabetes related complications in your dental health is to maintain optimal control over your blood sugar levels. 

You should take excellent care of your teeth through regular brushing, flossing, and visits to Dr. Essey!  You may also need to more than regular visits than the typical twice yearly recommendation.  If you do notice any warning signs call our office for dental treatment.

With careful attention to your diabetes control and dental health, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums.  Make your visits to our office regularly and disclose any symptoms you may be having and medications that you are taking.  This information can help  Dr. Essey and his team of hygienists provide the best treatment for you!

Don't forget the end of the year is approaching fast!  Call to schedule an appointment to maximize your remaining insurance benefits!







No matter what day or week it is this month we hope it is wonderful!  Please don't forget to show your beautiful smile and be sure to tell everyone how Dr. Essey is helping you keep that healthy smile!

Healthy smiles are our #1 priority but we can also discuss with you cosmetic changes that might enhance your smile even more.  If you would like to discuss any changes you might be considering please call Dr. Essey to give you the most up to date options.

Our web site has lots of great information on learning about your oral health!  To learn even more visit www.mouthhealthy.org/ .

We believe our high-tech office and highly skilled team will give you the confidence that you are receiving the highest standard of dental care available. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Essey has been chosen in 2010 ,2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016 & 2017 Top Dentist by Pittsburgh Magazine!  We want to say Thank You to all our patients!

TopDentists is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which dentists and specialists throughout the Pittsburgh area cast "votes" on the abilities of other dentists and specialists, and because listings cannot be purchased, inclusion in topDentists is considered a singular honor.

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