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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Restore confidence in your smile with dental bonding in San Francisco, CA

Cosmetic Dental Bonding in San Francisco area

Is your smile not what it used to be? Have you noticed damage to any of your teeth including cracks, chips or discoloration? If so, dental bonding may be the answer you are seeking. Dr. Terri Nguyen offers the cosmetic dental bonding procedure and encourages you to schedule a visit with her at West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco, CA to pursue this solution. Dental bonding will restore your smile to the next level!


Why are patients choosing dental bonding?

Dental bonding is a proven solution that can correct several cosmetic tooth issues that you may be experiencing. Some of these problems dental bonding can correct include:

  • Tooth cracks caused by decay
  • Tooth discoloration
  • Gaps in between teeth

Dental bonding is a simple and cost-effective solution that can correct a multitude of issues including those just mentioned.  Compared to other procedures used to correct dental issues such as crowns or veneers, dental bonding is an incredibly affordable procedure. In addition to being affordable, the procedure itself is time-efficient and will typically require just a single visit lasting between 30 minutes and an hour. If you are worried about downtime, there is no need. No anesthesia is required for the procedure, meaning you will be up and back on your feet following the procedure so you can immediately continue your day.


The dental bonding procedure

Now that you understand why you may need dental bonding and what it can correct, you may be wondering how it is done? Is it painful and invasive? The answer to that is no! It’s a simple process that begins with an exam during which your teeth will be looked at to see if the bonding process is going to be a viable solution. There are situations where more serious dental work may be needed, but if your dentist deems bonding a viable solution, what follows is very easy.

First, your dentist will most likely be working with composite resin. Composite resin is pliable so that, once it’s applied, it can be shaped to match your natural tooth structure. This resin is also chosen to match the color of your surrounding teeth. The tooth (or teeth) needing the bonding will be very gently and minimally etched to create a rough outer surface onto which a bonding liquid will be applied. Once this bonding liquid is in place, the resin (think of a putty) is applied and shaped appropriately.

Once the resin is applied, a UV light will be used to harden the material and then a polish will be applied so that it matches the sheen of your surrounding teeth. The purpose is to have a bonded tooth that nobody can notice!

If you think you may need dental bonding to correct an issue with any of your teeth, please give Dr. Terri Nguyen a call at (415) 604-9292 to setup an appointment.


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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.