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 offers root canal treatments for saving natural teeth

In San Francisco, Ca Area Dentist Offers Root Canal Treatments for Saving Natural Teeth

Many problems can occur with an adult tooth. However, if patients are dealing with a severe toothache caused by abscesses, infection, or disease, it may be time to ask the dentist about root canal treatments. Root canal therapy is a specific oral surgery in the San Francisco, CA area, during which a dentist will remove the inner tissues of a natural tooth to address the problem while maintaining the natural tooth in place within the dental arch. Instead of permanently extracting it, the team of West Portal Family Dentistry encourages root canal therapy to save the tooth whenever possible.

What is root canal therapy?

Patients who hear the words “root canal” think of painful, invasive procedures. However, it is the pain and discomfort of a tooth that often requires the assistance of a dentist to resolve. In many cases, that is achieved with root canal therapy. The root canal therapy procedure, or “endodontic therapy,” is performed to remove the inner dental pulp of a tooth and treat an infection or disease inside of it. After the tooth is treated, the dental team then uses a special filling called gutta-percha to seal off the tooth. Most patients will then benefit from the placement of a dental crown on the tooth, as this can offer an extra layer of protection for the natural tooth and keep it from becoming weak and susceptible to further damage.

Who is a candidate for root canal therapy?

Any patient who is at risk of losing a natural tooth may want to ask about root canal therapy as a way to save it. Root canal therapy is performed after an x-ray reveals a problem, including:

  • Large cavities
  • Infection of the dental pulp
  • Abscesses
  • Disease in the tooth’s structure

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Consider the advantages of root canal therapy

If you are faced with the possibility of removing a tooth due to infection or disease, it is important to talk to a dentist who has endodontic experience and can recommend procedures that eliminate the need for permanent extraction of adult teeth. Call Drs. Terri Nguyen and Laura Huynh of West Portal Family Dentistry at (415) 604-9292 to request a visit and discuss your unique needs. We are here to assist new and current patients in the area of San Francisco, CA and are conveniently located at 26 West Portal Avenue, Ste. #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.