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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

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month


 Oral and oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the mouth and upper throat) collectively kill nearly one person every hour of every day of the year.  Of the people newly diagnosed with these cancers, 40 Percent will not survive longer than five years.  Moreover, many who do survive suffer long term problems, such as severe facial disfigurement or difficulties with eating and speaking.

The death rate associated with these cancers remains particularly high because they are routinely discovered late in their development.  Fortunately, when these cancers are detected and treated early, mortality and treatment related health problems are reduced.

Be mindful of symptoms:

Your mouth is one of your body's most important early warning systems.  In between dental visits, it is important for patients to be aware of the following signs and symptoms, and to see a dental professional if they do not  improve or disappear after two to three weeks:

A sore, or soreness or irritation that doesn't go away

Red or white patches, or pain, tenderness, or numbness in the mouth or lips

Lumps, thickening tissues, rough spots, crusty or eroded areas

Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking, or moving your jaw or tongue

A change in the way your teeth fit together when you close your mouth

When  it comes to symptoms, keep this two to three week time period in mind, but always call Dr. Essey right away if you have any immediate concerns.

Research has identified a number of factors that may contribute to the development of oral cancer.  Historically, those at an especially high risk have been heavy drinkers and smokers older than age 50, but today the cancer is occurring more frequently in younger, nonsmoking people.  The sexually transmitted human papillomavirus 16 is related to the increasing incidence of oropharyngeal cancer in that younger population.  HPV caused cancer may present with one or more of the following persistent signs and symptoms:

A painless lump or swelling felt in the neck

Sore throat, difficulty swallowing, or pain when swallowing

Swelling of the tonsillar areas at the back of the mouth

Be aware of the symptoms and risk factors of oral cancers.  Early detection and treatment may well be the complete recovery.












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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