Welcome to our office!

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, including:

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to look, feel and function like your own natural teeth. Implants can restore the aesthetics of your smile, or act as an anchor for dentures.

Venus White Bleaching

It 's hard to imagine anything more appealing than a sparkling, white smile.  Yet out teeth rarely stay as white as we'd like them to without a little help.  Venus White offers affordable, superior at home whitening for a whiter smile in one week and it is available here at Dr. Essey's office.

You can trust Venus White to help you achieve and maintain a brighter, more radiant smile.  We have a high performance Venus White option that is just right for you.

Venus White Pro is the high performance whitening system specially formulated for simple at home use.  We will work with you to create custom fit trays and will also have touch up kits available.  Use night or day for a bright, radiant smile.

Venus White Ultra offers a quick, convenient and easy way to whiten in just 7 days.  The trays are pre-filled wit mint flavored gel.  These trays are disposable and made of a super thin material offering comfort and effective whitening in just 7 days!

There are lots of things you can do to make sure your whitening results last as long as possible, and this will vary from person to person.  First of all please maintain your usual good routine of brushing and flossing every day and be sure to keep up with your recare appointments in our office.  Avoid foods and beverages that cause stain, such as coffee, tea, red wine, tomato based foods.  Try drinking staining fluids thru a straw if possible or do a swish and swallow with water after having one of those drinks or food.


March is National Nutrition Awareness Month!

Healthy eating is essential for your overall health.  Choosing foods and beverages that provide the right amount of energy and nutrients goes a long way toward maintaining now only a healthy body, but also a health mouth.  The CDC  offer numerous nutrition resources, such as sample recipes, menus and educational tools that will guide you in picking out the right foods and drinks to consume.

Eating a nutritious diet has many benefits.  A well balanced diet should include foods from the basic food groups and subgroups along with the right oils.

Your beverage choices are just as important as our food choices.  Consider consuming beverages that have nutritional value, such as water, fruit and vegetable juices and milk.  Water can increase your nutrient intake while helping to reduce tooth decay with the help of fluoride, assisting in maintain a healthy weight and enhancing cognition in children and adolescents.

There are certain drinks that you should avoid consuming too often, namely, sports drinks and energy drinks, which contain sugar and acid producing ingredients.  Tooth decay is greatly enhanced by these acidic, sugary beverages, which continue to remain popular among children, adolescents and young adults.  Frequent consumption will lead to an increase in the occurrence and rate of tooth decay.

It is important to  properly clean the mouth after eating or drinking to prevent oral health issues.  Certain foods can stick to the teeth and lead to a greater risk of tooth decay.  Foods containing sugars and cooked starches, such as breads, crackers, pretzels and potato chips can also linger on the teeth.  An acid attack on teeth can occur for 20 minutes or more after sugars or starches come into contact plaque.  Therefore, it is important to remove food debris after eating by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing, or at least rinsing with water.  Chewing sugarless gum, particularly types with an ingredient called xylitol, will help the increase the flow of saliva, which in turn facilitates the clearance of sugars and food debris and neutralizes plaque acids in your mouth

Healthy Eating Tips

Snack in moderation-no more than 3 times a day.

Snacks should contribute to overall nutrition and health

Foods with sugar are sager for teeth if they are eaten as a meal, not as a snack.

Water fluoridation is the most beneficial and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay

Eat various vegetables

Focus on eating fruits

Make sure your diet contains calcium rich foods

Pack your diet with lean proteins

At least half of your grains should be whole grains

Routine dental visits are an important part of maintaining overall health.  Dr. Essey, or our staff of hygienists can provide nutritional counseling and any necessary guidance in seeking a nutrition specialist.  Preventive dentistry will promote a healthy smile and mouth, which will allow you to eat food more comfortable.  Make healthy eating a part of your daily lifestyle!













We are proud to announce that Dr. Essey has again been selected as a Pittsburgh Top Dentist for 2016!!!!!  Congratulations to Dr. Essey and staff!!!    


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 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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Thank you for visiting Dr. Essey’s website. We look forward to seeing you smile.