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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Dentist in San Francisco CA explains situations in which patients may need a dental crown for the teeth

Crown for The Teeth in CA

There are many times when a dentist in the San Francisco, CA area may talk to patients about considering dental crowns for the teeth. Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry encourage patients to ask questions about procedures and treatments that can enhance the smile. This includes crowns.


What is a dental crown?

A crown for the teeth is a ceramic restoration custom fabricated for patients who need coverage of their natural tooth structure. It may also be used over a dental implant to restore the smile after tooth loss. This porcelain repair is made to look like the existing teeth to appear completely natural. Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh work closely with patients to ensure they have beautiful smiles they can be proud of, even if cosmetic restorations are required.


Who is a candidate for a dental crown?

Most patients are appropriate candidates for the placement of a dental crown. Even so, it is essential that individuals complete a thorough evaluation. The dentist will perform a physical evaluation of the smile and take x-rays to check the health of the smile, looking for signs of cavities, periodontal disease, or infection of the dental pulp. Patients can take this time to ask their dentist any questions they may have about this or any other restorative dentistry treatment.


What are the benefits of dental crowns?

Crowns are:

  • Economical
  • Natural-looking
  • Strong and durable
  • Versatile


Do you believe a dental crown can enhance your smile?

Do you live in the area of San Francisco, California? Are you seeking a dental professional who cares about your smile and wants the best for you? If this sounds like you, we recommend you contact the practice of West Portal Family Dentistry. Our professionals are dedicated to helping patients of all ages under one roof. Call the practice at (415) 604-9292 or connect with us by visiting us personally at the practice located at 26 West Portal Avenue, Ste. #4.


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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.