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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Family dentistry and oral surgery under one roof in San Francisco

Family dentistry and oral surgery 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.

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Very happy with Dr. Huynh and Dr. Nguyen. I have been going to them for 3 years now. They do a thorough job cleaning and inspecting my teeth. I've needed to get some work done, including a crown and a few cavities filled, and each has gone smoothly. Would highly recommend. 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.