Pittsburgh, PA



A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Dr. McMahon (Petruska) enjoys the largest cosmetic dental practice in Western Pennsylvania.  

She is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, a fellow in the International Academy of Dental-Facial Esthetics, and a fellow in the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

An author and lecturer, Dr. McMahon has devoted her professional career to the pursuit of advanced technologies in cosmetic dentistry and smile design.  She is a past clinical instructor in Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine and a guest lecturer at the University of West Virginia, School of Dentistry.

She also lectures in both the United States and Europe on cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening.  A seven-time award winner in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Annual Smile Gallery, Dr. McMahon has twice been awarded gold medals.  Additionally, Dr. McMahon has developed and licensed an esthetic dental media marketing and practice branding program.  The program provides practice image, print, radio, television, and internet-ready marketing materials and strategy.  Dr. McMahon lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her three children.

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Susan McMahon, DMD is an accomplished speaker available to speak at your event for half-day, full-day and multi-day lectures, custom courses, and hands-on workshops.

Beauty or the Beast: Can you have it all with ceramics? Making the Best Choice for Beauty and Strength

With ever increasing options, choosing the best indirect esthetic restorative material is often confusing and sometimes daunting. This course will outline the functional and esthetic attributes for popular materials and their best uses. Case selection, tooth preparation, material choice and then proper bonding techniques will be presented in a practical manner for predictable results. Criteria for cement choice will be covered. When are all ceramic restorations the best choice?

Smile Design principles will be covered including rational for new principles that are both practical and result in pleasing natural-looking smiles. Many cosmetic cases will be presented for a variety of techniques using indirect restorations. We will go from treatment planning all the way through insertion with step by step instruction for conservative and more complex cases.

Recognizing patient’s desires for natural-looking dentistry and for improving their smiles is paramount to a successful practice. Throughout the course, communication skills and techniques for identifying cosmetic patients in your practice and motivating those patients to treatment will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • The dentist will gain an understanding of functional properties of popular indirect esthetic restorative options. What works where?
  • Learn how to communicate to get the most out of your lab.
  • The dentist will have a step by step understanding of preparing and placing indirect esthetic restorations. Material specific preparation guidelines will be provided.
  • Through case presentations, the dentist will see multiple everyday esthetic concerns from patients and the treatments used for correction of theses issues.
Broken Front Teeth: You need to fix it now…Be prepared when the phone call comes.

This course will take the clinician step by step through the emergency evaluation, preparation, record taking, provisionalization and cosmetic restoration of the fractured anterior tooth. We are all presented with emergency patients from sports injuries, car accidents, falls, fights, etcetera. When these emergency patients call, we want to accommodate the patient’s needs and but not have our schedules sent into a tailspin.

Learning Objectives:

  • Confidence to assess and restore emergency fractures
  • A protocol for deciding which ceramic material and adhesive cement to select
  • A checklist of records needed to restore the fractured anterior tooth
  • A step by step procedure protocol for restoring the fractured anterior tooth
A New Generation for Cosmetic Dentistry: Delivering the Selfie Ready Smile for Teenagers and Young Adults.

Appearance and self-esteem have long been intertwined. So, as our social media and selfie culture continues to grow, it’s no surprise that more and more young people and adolescents are seeking out cosmetic dentistry as a way to enhance their appearances. The dental world has taken notice and we need to respond with conservative ways to satisfy our younger patient’s desires for ideal smiles. This 3 part course will cover all treatments from ultraconservative enamel enhancements through minimal preparation veneers. Discover the secrets to identifying patient’s cosmetic desires and learn effective yet sensitive dialogue for case acceptance. Boost their confidence and Boost your Bottomline.

Part 1:
Enamel enhancements: Visible White Lesion (VWL) removal, Brown staining removal, Whitening and Whitening Combination treatments.

Direct composite bonding. Finishing techniques for beautiful surface texture and anatomy. Diastema Closure. Additive finessing of the smile. Easy Direct Composite Veneers.

Gingival sculpting for framing the smile.

Applied Smile Design. Combining individual tooth, gingival and global smile treatments.

Part 2:
Indirect restorations: Minimal preparation veneers. Ceramic Choices. Multiple case studies. Step by step from diagnosing to planning to prepping to lab communication to provisionalization to insertion for minimal prep veneer case. Building on Part 1 Applied Smile Design combine gingival sculpting, whitening, direct restorations, and veneers.

Attaining the look the patients desire while achieving beautiful natural looking smiles.

Part 3:
Trauma restoration: Emergency evaluation, preparation, record taking, provisionalization and cosmetic restoration of the fractured anterior tooth. We are all presented with emergency patients from sports injuries, car accidents, falls, fights, etcetera. When these emergency patients call, we want to accommodate the patient’s needs and but not have our schedules sent into a tailspin.

Learning Objectives:

  • Give confidence to recognize and assess cosmetic desires on younger patients  
  • Develop clinical skills for comprehensively diagnosing and conservatively enhancing younger smiles
  • Attain step by step protocol for applied smile design combination treatment
Dental Assisting 2.0: Take it to the next level “Seriously Doctor?…How do we use all these new materials?”

This half or full day course for dental assistants and EFDA’s provides the assisting clinician with a step by step overview of bonding techniques, filling techniques and new materials. The ever-changing science and constant influx of new adhesives and materials can be overwhelming for both dentist and dental assistant. Each step of the process builds on the previous step and each is critical for clinical success. The role of the dental assistant can play in the elimination of sensitivity and bond failure issues will be presented. A look at the newest materials like low stress bulk flowables and universal option adhesives and vertical filling techniques, new composites, bioactive materials and more will be covered.

We will look at these materials and techniques through the framework of restorative cases along with some cosmetic cases. This approach allows the assistant to utilize the step by step techniques exactly as she/he would in a daily schedule.

A hands-on component can be added to take this course from a half day to a full day course.

Learning Objectives:

  • The Dental Assistant will gain an understanding of how adhesives work on teeth and when each type may be appropriate. This understanding will help the assistant to know when to dry, when to cure, when to allow the adhesive to process on the prep.
  • The Dental Assistant will understand her/his role in eliminating sensitivity in restorations.
  • A simplified technique can relieve stress and increase speed for the Dental Assistant
  • The Dental Assistant will be able to evaluate new materials and effectively utilize new products in their daily practice.
  • This course will help the Dental Assistant better understand adhesive materials and their indications. She/he will then be better able to serve the patient’s restorative needs and desires.
Just do it…Better! Solutions for better restorations, better workflow and better well being for dentists and teams using today’s technology, materials, techniques and equipment.

As clinicians we all have challenges in our daily practice lives and daily challenges are increasing in dental practices due to Covid-19.

  • Are there procedures that stress out you and your team?
  • Do you get good esthetic outcomes with your directs and indirects on anteriors?
  • How’s your communication with patients and case acceptance?
  • How do you decide what new composite, cement, adhesive, glass ionomer, bioactive material etc. to choose?
  • What technology fits best in your practice and your budget?
  • Is chair time being used as efficiently and effectively as you would like?

Solutions to these and other challenges will be provided by going step by step through clinical cases. Using scanners, lasers, diagnostic cameras, handpieces, new restorative materials, new finishing techniques and simple tricks, your everyday procedures will be better.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Review new restorative materials and indications
  • Give step by step procedure for best outcome esthetic restorations
  • Review current technology options and rational for purchasing
  • Relieve stress with day to day procedures by implementing simple solutions

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