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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Expertly-designed dental crowns and bridges in San Francisco

Best and expertly-designed dental crowns and bridges treatments in San Francisco A damaged or missing tooth has a big impact on your smile and your oral health. The highly qualified dentists at West Portal Family Dentistry provide dental crowns and bridges to restore San Francisco smiles beautifully.

Versatile dental crowns

A dental crown is a cap that covers a tooth, restoring natural shape, size, and strength. A crown is a good option in these situations:

  • Decay is too advanced for the tooth to support a filling.
  • To hold together and brace a cracked tooth.
  • To save a broken tooth.
  • The finishing touch for root canal therapy or a dental implant.
  • To anchor a bridge or a partial denture.
  • For cosmetic enhancement of a poorly shaped or discolored tooth.

First, the tooth is shaped with special instruments. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where the crown is fabricated. A temporary crown is placed so that you can eat normally and look natural. The initial appointment takes approximately an hour and a half. You return in about ten working days to have the interim restoration removed and the final crown cemented in place.

The dentist may recommend:

  • An all porcelain crown for a front tooth restoration, or a porcelain fused to metal crown to restore a back tooth.
  • A zirconia crown if you have a heavy bite or grind your teeth.
  • An all gold crown for back molar teeth.

West Portal Family Dentistry also offers porcelain inlays and onlays. They are appropriate when the area of decay or damage is too big for a filling, but doesn’t require a full crown.


A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth (or several), held in place by crowns on teeth adjacent to the gap. The process is similar to the crown procedure described above. A bridge is a good option for the patient who is not a good candidate for, or doesn’t want, a dental implant.

For more information on dental crowns and bridges, call our San Francisco office at (415) 604-9292.

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Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Laura and Julie are the best! I've been going to West Portal Family Dentistry for almost 15 years, and wouldn't go elsewhere. They are absolute professionals and do excellent work - I trust them completely. It's always a pleasure to be there, which is saying a lot for the dentist! Jaime D.
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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.