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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Reasons patients in San Francisco, CA may require dental crowns

Crowns and Bridges Procedure in San Francisco

At West Portal Family Dentistry, men and women can work with dentists to achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. When patients need restorative solutions, they can turn to Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh. They work closely with patients to determine the best treatment options for San Francisco, CA area patients. One method of repair often sought by patients is dental crowns.

Dental crowns explained

Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh find that there are many patients who can benefit from the placement of dental crowns. Crowns are “caps” made of porcelain, which are bonded over the natural tooth to provide protection of the underlying tooth structure. Crowns are placed in many situations. They may be used to:

  • Bond to false teeth called pontics to create a dental bridge
  • Cover a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy (endodontic therapy)
  • Provide protection for a tooth that has a large cavity after fillings are placed
  • Place over the abutment of a dental implant to act as a false tooth


Process of placing dental crowns

Crowns are placed after a consultation appointment during which the dentists will determine the restoration is appropriate. When a dentist and patient are in agreement with moving forward with the placement of a dental crown, preparations begin. Tooth enamel is removed from around the inner canals of the tooth before impressions are made and sent to a dental laboratory. The lab fabricates the restoration from porcelain and sends it to the dentist so patients can have their restoration bonded in place.

Call West Portal Family Dentistry to make an appointment

Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh are here to help patients in caring for and enhancing their smiles. Their office is conveniently located at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite #4 and can be reached by phone at (415) 604-9292.
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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.