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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Dental implants: The new standard in tooth replacement option for San Francisco residents

Best Dental implants treatments in San Francisco Missing teeth compromise your smile, and your ability to eat and speak clearly. Roots of teeth also keep bone strong and healthy, for a fuller facial appearance. Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth, restoring appearance and function, potentially for life. West Portal Family Dentistry offers placement and restoration of dental implants at their offices in San Francisco.

Implant basics

A dental implant is a small cylinder made of lightweight, yet extremely strong titanium. It is placed into the jawbone, replicating the root of a missing tooth. The body readily accepts this biocompatible material.
The basic steps in the procedure are: Dental Implants 01
  • Consultation and evaluation – Treatment doesn’t start until you and the dentist are comfortable with this treatment option.
  • Careful planning –CT imaging provides a clear, three-dimensional view of your mouth. With that information, the dentist plans exact placement of the implant, and anticipates the need for bone grafting.
  • Implant placement – A small incision is made in the gum, and a small hole is created in the jawbone. The implant is placed into this opening.
  • Temporary tooth – – In many cases, the patient doesn’t leave our office without a tooth! We place a temporary restoration at the implant site.
  • Healing – Over several months, bone fuses solidly with the implant.
  • Restoration – When the timing is appropriate, the temporary crown is removed and impressions are taken. A final crown is fabricated.
  • Finishing touches! – You return in about ten working days to have the final crown cemented in place, and polished to lustrous perfection.

Dental implants look, feel, and function so much like a natural tooth that most patients forget which one is the implant! With good oral hygiene – brushing after meals, flossing twice a day, and maintaining regular checkups and cleaning – dental implants can potentially last a lifetime. In San Francisco, call (415) 604-9292 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Terri Nguyen.

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West Portal Family Dentistry is the best place for dental health. The people, the comfort, the quality of the work, and the support given in choosing the best options are exceptional. The neighborhood is also great. I recommend them to everyone. 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.