Important Notice.

Dear Patient,

We trust this finds you well. As an essential healthcare provider, West Portal Family Dentistry has kept limited hours throughout the entire shelter in place order, to provide urgent care for our community. We have seen many of you, as well as, some new people from the community who needed emergency care.

We will be adding office hours starting Tuesday, May 12, 2020 and resuming normal schedule by Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

We will be returning to a “new normal” way of providing dental care, in order to ensure the safety of all our patients and staff. We have put in place enhanced protocols per CDC and ADA guidelines to accomplish this goal. We will be screening all staff and patients every day for symptoms of COVID 19. The temperature will be taken and screening questions will be asked and recorded. The reception area was reconfigured to allow for social distancing. The schedule was modified to lessen the number of people in the office at the same time. The enhanced intra-oral suctioning system will be deployed for appropriate procedures to better control aerosols. We have always followed strict OSHA guidelines for disinfecting and sterilizing surfaces, equipments, and instruments; and we will continue to do so. Enhanced PPE protocols will be used to ensure we deliver the safest possible dentistry for our patients and staff.

Please contact us via phone at 415.661.7779 or via email should you have any questions or concerns. We greatly appreciate your patience and cooperation throughout this challenging, new normal way of delivering the best possible dental care to you.

Take care and see you soon !

Dr. Terri Nguyen and West Portal Family Dentistry Team

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Bite adjustment can resolve discomfort for San Francisco patients

Best Bite adjustment dentist in San Francisco Your teeth are designed to perform as a team, aligning in a way that allows you to chew efficiently and speak clearly. When that alignment is out of balance, discomfort, dental and overall health problems may result. The dentists at West Portal Family Dentistry provide bite adjustment to help San Francisco area patients enjoy better oral health.

Symptoms of bite problems

You may be in need of bite adjustment if you experience:
  • Loose teeth
  • Shifting teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Fractures or breakage
  • Frequent headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Reduced jaw mobility
  • Grinding noise in the jaw
  • Mouth pain, especially when eating

The bite adjustment process

Bite adjustment is a technique that improves the way teeth meet together when you bite down, equalizing pressure on the teeth and reducing strain on the jaw joint. In some cases, bite adjustment is a quick, chairside procedure. For other patients, prep work and models are required for complex adjustment.

Bite adjustment is a multi-step process:
  • Initial visit – The dentist completes a comprehensive evaluation of your bite (including past dental procedures), x-rays, and possibly impressions. Indicator tape identifies which teeth are receiving the most impact. These teeth are reshaped with a dental drill, and polished. Usually no anesthetic is needed, since only the enamel layer is treated. If extensive reshaping or fillings are necessary, the patient is thoroughly numbed.
  • Follow-ups – Most patients feel relief almost immediately. However, once the most prominent points of impact are addressed, other bite irregularities may become noticeable. At subsequent visits, the dentist continues to make precise adjustments to achieve the most balanced bite possible, and the highest level of comfort.

Bite adjustment can cure or dramatically reduce bruxism (excessive clenching and grinding at night) and TMJ disorders, as well as discomfort and oral damage associated with these conditions. Call West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco at (415) 604-9292 to schedule a bite adjustment assessment.

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Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice

A graduate from UC San Francisco with a Doctor of Dental Science degree, Dr. Nguyen has over 20 years of expertise in the field of dental practice. She is known for her caring and passionate nature towards her patients whilst having a wealth of knowledge and technical skill.

Dr. Nguyen continues to update herself with newer and tested treatment methods and technology to ensure that she is capable of delivering the best possible service to her clients. Her areas of specialty include root canal therapy, implant dentistry and cosmetic treatment. She is also a prestigious member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.