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 area dentists describe root canal treatment

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San Francisco, CA patients who have been told they need a root canal treatment may automatically have a negative response to this. However, this procedure is nothing to be afraid of! Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry encourage patients to take the time to learn about this procedure and how it is performed to fully understand its benefits.

What is root canal therapy?

Root canal therapy, sometimes known as endodontic treatment, is a procedure that is performed to save the natural tooth. When there is a problem with the dental pulp of a tooth, patients may experience severe toothaches. This can be caused by an abscess, injury, or an infection. A dentist will perform a series of x-rays to check the health of the tooth to decide if root canal therapy would be advantageous. The treatment is performed to remove the dental pulp from the center of the tooth to eliminate bacteria and infection.

What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

Root canal therapy is:

  • Pain free with proper anesthetics and sedation as necessary
  • A relatively quick procedure
  • Performed to maintain the natural tooth
  • A method to avoid extraction
  • Effective in addressing the issue at hand

Root canal therapy is the best way to eliminate pain and discomfort while maintaining the smile’s appearance and overall function.

Schedule an appointment

If you live around San Francisco, CA and have been told by a dental professional that you require root canal treatment or extraction, speak to a dental professional at West Portal Family Dentistry for a second opinion. Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh can assess patients’ specific situations and determine the best options available to them. Call (415) 604-9292 today to schedule a visit at our practice located at 26 West Portal Avenue, Suite #4.
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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.