Family dentistry and oral surgery under one roof in San Francisco

When you become a patient of West Portal Family Dentistry, you can count on receiving the care you need, including oral surgery, from the San Francisco dental team you know and trust. Dr. Terri Nguyen and Dr. Laura Huynh handle most oral surgeries without having to refer patients out.


If at all possible, our dentists will repair decay or damage with expert treatments such as fillings, crowns, and root canal therapy. However, in some cases extraction is the best solution for your oral health:

  • Breakage below the gum line.
  • Advanced, unrepairable tooth decay.
  • To make room for orthodontics.
  • In preparation for dentures.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth.

Dr. Nguyen performs basic and complex extractions, including erupted wisdom teeth and partially impacted wisdom teeth. Every precaution is taken to make the experience tolerable and to speed healing. In addition to numbing, oral sedation and IV sedation are available.

Bone grafting

When a tooth falls out or has to be extracted, surrounding jawbone atrophies. Bone grating may be necessary to provide stability for a dental implant. Dr. Nguyen performs immediate bone grafting (at the time of extraction), and in cases where the tooth has been missing for some time. Bone for augmentation may come from a spot in your own mouth that has healthy bone, from a human cadaver, or from non-human sources.

Gum surgery

Patients with advanced gum disease may require oral surgery to facilitate healing and ongoing gum maintenance. In this situation, the dentist trims away diseased gum tissue. Underlying bone may also be trimmed and augmented. These procedures help to restore a tight seal of gums to teeth, and halt progression of gum disease.

Gentle, effective oral surgery is among the services provided in San Francisco by West Portal Family Dentistry. New patients are welcome – just call (415) 604-9292 to begin receiving comprehensive care.

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. Terri 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.

Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients of all ages. While she has over 15 years of experience in all areas of general practice, she especially enjoys pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry for adults.

A UC Irvine graduate, Dr. Huynh obtained her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Arthur Dugoni Dental School at University of Pacific. She stays on top of the latest trends and technologies in dentistry by following continuing education courses annually. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and San Francisco Dental Society.

Dr. Laura Huynh dedicates herself to providing the highest level of dental care to patients