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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San Francisco, CA dentist describes the procedure for denture preparation

denture procedure in san francisco ca

Patients in San Francisco, CA who are faced with tooth loss have a variety of options to consider when it comes to replacement. At West Portal Family Dentistry, Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh may find dentures are best for certain patients. For patients seeking full or “complete” dentures, procedures may be required beforehand.

Preparations for dentures

Full dentures are a wonderful way for patients to replace an entire arch of teeth. There are several factors that need to be considered before placing dentures. Patients consult with their dentists to discuss if they are right for dentures. Preparations may include:

  • X-rays to check the health of the bone
  • Discussion of dental implant placement for stability
  • Removal of existing teeth to clear the dental arch
  • Impressions of the dental arch to create the dentures


Alternatives to dentures

When all the teeth within the dental arch need to be replaced, full dentures are often the only way to go. Placing dental implants along the arch can help hold complete dentures in place, making them a more viable option for patients concerned about stability. However, if patients are only missing a few teeth from the arch, other solutions may be considered. Dental implants are great for one or more teeth. An implant can be restored with a dental crown for a single tooth, or can be placed to anchor a dental bridge. Bridges are used to replace one or more teeth in a row by combining dental crowns and false teeth called “pontics” to create a single restoration. Implants and bridges are also available at West Portal Family Dentistry and may be right for some patients at our practice.

Learn more today!

Call (415) 604-9292 or personally visit the practice at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite #4 to schedule a consultation 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.