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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Porcelain tooth crowns are a smart choice with San Francisco, CA area dentist

Porcelain Tooth Crowns Are a Smart Choice with San Francisco, Ca Area

There are many dental restorations that are used in repairing and restoring the smile when problems arise. A common restoration is a dental crown. A crown is a porcelain tooth cap that is created by a dentist and placed over a natural tooth to offer an extra layer of strength and protection. The porcelain crown is made specifically for the patient to blend in with the rest of the smile, and color, shape, and size are all considered during fabrication. San Francisco, CA area patients who need dental crowns can visit our dentists at West Portal Family Dentistry to discuss their options.

How does a dental crown work?

Most tooth crowns are made to cover a tooth that may have been weakened by large cavities or root canal therapy. They are fabricated to bond over a natural tooth structure as an extra layer of strength and protection. The crown is made of porcelain as this is the material that closely mimics natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is also strong and durable, allowing patients to maintain their restoration for many years with proper care.

Dental crowns are also used in restorative dentistry as a false tooth over a dental implant. The dental implant is placed into the bone of the jaw and has an abutment on the top that rests on the gum line. A dental crown is made to sit over the abutment to replace a single tooth.

Who is a candidate for a dental crown?

The best candidates for dental crowns are those with:

  • Missing teeth
  • Damaged teeth due to injury or cavities
  • A smile free from periodontal disease
  • Previous root canal treatments performed on the tooth

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San Francisco, CA area, patients interested in quality care and attention for their dental needs are encouraged to visit the team at West Portal Family Dentistry to discuss their unique dental situations. If a dental crown is recommended, Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh can schedule an appointment for patients to have their procedure performed. Call us at (415) 604-9292 we are located at 26 West Portal Ave., Ste. #4, and welcome new and current patients. We also provide services for both adults and children and look forward to working with your family.

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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.