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 explains the process of dental implants for smile restoration

At West Portal Family Dentistry, team of professionals provide restorative dentistry solutions such as dental implants to provide patients in and around San Francisco, CA

Tooth loss can impact more than just the appearance of the smile. Tooth loss can also affect one’s ability to eat and speak, and it can cause bone loss in the jaw. Because of this, it is best that patients in the San Francisco, CA area work with a dentist who can provide tooth restoration solutions. Our dentist at West Portal Family Dentistry explains to patients the advantages of restorations such as dental implants, and she walks patients through the process of obtaining them from start to finish.


Understanding dental implants

When patients are advised on the benefits of dental implants, they are often anxious to learn if these restorations are right for them. Dental implants are titanium posts used by dentists as tooth root replacements. During oral surgery, they are strategically placed into the bone of the jaw. This stimulates a process of bone growth called osseointegration. The bone fuses to the dental implant to hold it firmly in place, ensuring it can support whatever restoration the patient needs. A dental implant, once osseointegration occurs, can stay in the smile forever with proper care and attention. This includes proper oral hygiene habits at home, as well as routine visits to the dentist for monitoring the implant. Dental implants are restored on top in several different ways. We may restore implants using a dental crown, a dental bridge, or a full denture. These versatile restorations are highly desirable for both dentists and patients!


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Why choose dental implants?

Dental implants are in high demand for many reasons. This restoration is:

  • Long-lasting
  • Easy to care for
  • Natural-looking
  • Stable and strong
  • Durable
  • Permanent


The process of obtaining dental implants

Process of Dental implants San Francisco - Young lady pointing ger finger to her teeth

Not everyone is a viable candidate for dental implants. It is essential that patients understand the process of obtaining dental implants, so they can decide if it is right for them. Dental implants start with a consultation visit. During this time, Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh will assess the bone of the jaw to determine if it can successfully hold a dental implant. This is done with x-rays. Once patients have been deemed appropriate candidates, they can book their oral surgery appointments. During this visit, patients will receive proper sedation and anesthesia to ensure comfort before the dentist accesses the jawbone through the gum tissue. The implant is put into the bone of the jaw, and the gum tissue is sutured around the implant. A temporary restoration may be placed over the abutment of the dental implant for aesthetics and protection while the process of osseointegration occurs. This bone growth does not happen immediately – instead, it occurs over the course of several weeks. Patients return to the dental office for several follow-up visits during which the dentists will assess the progress of osseointegration and ensure that the surgical procedure was successful. After osseointegration has completed, the implant is ready for restoration. Restorations such as crowns, bridges, and dentures are often placed over dental implants once they are stabilized in the jaw. These restorations are made of biocompatible and natural-looking materials such as porcelain. This completes the process of dental implant placement and tooth restoration but is not the end of the attention needed. Patients are urged to take great care in brushing and flossing their teeth (and implants) after every meal, and to visit the dentist at least twice a year to check the health of the smile and the implant.


Find out more about dental implants with Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh

At West Portal Family Dentistry, our team of professionals provide restorative dentistry solutions such as dental implants to provide patients in and around San Francisco, CA with many ways to repair the smile. If you are interested in tooth replacement solutions available in our practice, we welcome you to book an appointment. Our team welcomes new patients at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite #4. Call (415) 604-9292 for an appointment. Take the time to learn about the team of professionals ready and willing to care for and enhance your smile!


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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.