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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What your San Francisco dentist wants you to know about teeth implants

Dentist Explain About Teeth Implant in San Francisco Area

If you’ve recently lost a tooth, or teeth, due to trauma or decay, or if you’re facing an extraction appointment, you’ll soon be making decision about how to address the gap in your smile. You may know that your options include treatments such as dental bridges, dentures, or implants. However, more than ever patients are opting for implants, because they not only improve the appearance of their smile, but also to keep their mouth in its healthiest state. Dr. Terri Nguyen, a trusted San Francisco dentist, shares important information about dental implants.  

Do I have to replace the tooth at all?

It’s important to replace the missing tooth because it keeps the surrounding teeth from shifting, prevents sagging facial structure, and gives you the ability to eat, speak, and look exactly like you did before you lost the tooth.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a replacement tooth root and can be used if you have one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch of teeth to replace.  

What does the treatment feel like?

During the implant process, a piece of titanium is inserted into and fuses with the jawbone. Once the bone has grown around the implant, a crown is created. 

The implant process will take several months and several visits to the dentist’s office. First you will have the implant placed and then you will be given time to heal and for the bone to grow. That can take several weeks to a few months. Once it’s complete, you’ll return to the office to have the crown inserted.  During the time that you’re waiting for the bone to fuse and the crown to be created, you will have a temporary replacement tooth. 

It’s important to note that Dr. Nguyen and her team will make sure that you’re comfortable and relaxed during the entire process. Afterwards, you may have some swelling and pain, but it is usually mild and can be treated with an over-the-counter pain reliever


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What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are strong and secure. Once your implant is placed it will function exactly like one of your original teeth. You will be able to eat your favorite foods and speak clearly and confidently.

Dr. Nyguen has been treating San Francisco patients for more than 20 years. Call West Portal Family Dentistry at (415) 604-9292 today to schedule a consultation and find out if implants are right for you. 

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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.