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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Patients in San Francisco, CA are correcting bruxism with dental bite adjustments

Dental Bite Adjustment in San Francisco area

Have you noticed that your natural bite feels a bit off or that chewing isn’t as easy as it used to be due to misaligned teeth? You may need a dental bite adjustment to correct these issues. Dr. Terri Nguyen encourages you to schedule a visit with her at West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco, CA to have this looked at. Dr. Nguyen has been performing dental bite adjustments with great success for many years and has corrected countless bites so that her patients walk away with increased comfort and chewing ability.


Occlusal adjustment

The correction of your bite is also called an occlusal adjustment. This procedure is performed with the intent of removing interference that is preventing your bite from coming together as it should. This imperfect tooth positioning while your jaw is closed is called a malocclusion and can occur naturally over time due to wear, because of an injury to your mouth, or because of a previous dental procedure. Some dental procedures that may lead to malocclusion can include:


Signs of malocclusion

There are specific signs that you may need a bite adjustment. Misaligned teeth can cause problems such as severe chronic headaches, toothaches, and neck aches. A bite that is not properly aligned may lead to a condition called bruxism. This is when your teeth grind as your jaw closes to the natural position due to misalignment. Other signs you may experience are:

  • Uneven closing of your jaw
  • Popping or clicking noises as you close your jaw
  • Worn facets in your teeth where enamel has been worn away
  • Fractured Teeth


Treating your malocclusion

When you go to your dentist, your bite will be evaluated, and x-rays or impressions may need to be taken. Then you may be asked to bite down on a thin sheet of indicator tape which will help indicate where contact occurs between your teeth. These areas, where contact occurs, will then be smoothed down by your dentist by removing the necessary amount of tooth (or restoration) to eliminate the interference. This process will be repeated in all necessary areas of your teeth until your bite is properly aligned. This process is quick, easy and painless.

If you are experiencing any symptoms that may cause you to think twice about the alignment of your bite, 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.