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 why a tooth may require a root canal in CA

Root Canal Tooth in CA

Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry are excited to offer patients solutions to many of their oral care needs. There are times when certain problems occur and patients in San Francisco, California are urged to consider treatments such as root canal therapy, or “endodontic therapy.”


What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy is a specialized procedure that is required to maintain the natural tooth structure and eliminate the requirement for removal. Most patients do not want to extract their adult teeth unless absolutely necessary as this would require them to consider tooth replacement options such as bridges, dentures, or dental implants, which can be costly. Instead, root canal therapy deadens the tooth by removing the dental pulp inside and allows the tooth to remain in place. Patients may require the fabrication and placement of a dental crown over the top of a tooth after endodontic therapy to ensure it is strong and durable.


Who is a candidate for root canal therapy?

Patients may require root canal therapy when the following problems exist:

  • Large cavity that has damaged the dental pulp
  • Extremely severe toothache
  • Diseased dental pulp
  • Abscesses
  • Injury to the natural tooth
  • Periodontal disease affecting the inner structure of the tooth


Is root canal therapy uncomfortable?

Many patients believe root canals are painful. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Root canal therapy often eliminates pain instead of causing it. It is done to bring the smile back to health and keep the patient comfortable. The removal of the dental pulp eliminates the nerves which send pain signals to the brain. Sedation and local anesthetics are administered as well.


Do you believe you can benefit from root canal therapy?

Now is the time to connect with Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry in San Francisco, California. The practice 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.