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Dr. Louis Gallia

Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
Sacramento, CA
46 years experience male

Locations

Scripps Oral Surgery

Sacramento, CA

Address

87 Scripps Drive, Suite 112, Sacramento, CA
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My office hours

Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(916) 570-3089

About

Bio

DMD, MD, FACS. Licensed in both medicine and dentistry. Board certified in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Past full time faculty at UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA. Current clinical faculty at University of Washington School of Dentistry, Seattle, WA. Practice consists of TMJ and facial pain disorders, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Currently in full time private practice in Sacramento, CA. 87 Scripps Drive, Suite 112, Sacramento, CA 95825. Office phone 916-570-3088.

Specialties
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Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Licenses

United States: California

Doctor Q&A

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
NO: No. TMJ and wisdom teeth symptoms can overlap. But removing wisdom teeth will not improve any TMJ problem.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
No: No. More likely upper respiratory infection. See your MD if symptoms persist.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
See oral surgeon: A number of things. Best advice is to see an oral surgeon who can diagnose and treat the problem.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Complicated question: See a TMJ expert in this complicated situation. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons,... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Not usually.: Not usually. If the chin continues to have tingling, see MD or oral surgeon/
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Displaced disk: The disk in the jaw joint (TMJ) is displaced. This can result in clicking and/or popping. In some cases it progressed to jaw pain, limited opening, ja... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
TMJ?: Sounds like TMJ. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodonti... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
No: No, not unless you have a markedly elevated blood pressure during.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Could be: Possibly cancer, likely something else. I would see an oral surgeon or ENT doc ASAP
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Temporary: With postop swelling, your face will be rounder. After swelling subsides, no change in face shape. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
No.: No, you may have dry mouth. See your dentist for exam and advice.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Pain: Pain can cause nausea if severe. See an oral surgeon to assess your wisdom teeth
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Eustachian tube: Likely the eustachian tube opening. If it troubles you, may represent eustachian tube dysfunction. See an ENT doc.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes.: Yes, not common but possible. If the cavity in the lower jaw is treated, the upper tooth pain should dissipate.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Many things: Hard to know what you mean without exam. See an oral surgeon who can tell you whether it is abnormal or not
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
See Dentist: Likely tooth pain referred to ear. See DDS. If tooth negative, see ENT doc
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
No.: No. See a board certified orthodontist to assess your bite/jaw. The only way to move a jaw at your age is surgical correction. That type of surgeon is... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Heredity: Your mom and dad. Small jaws can be corrected surgically. See an oral surgeon if you are interested.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Depends: Depends on the tooth. If the tooth has periodontal disease, it may heal in a few days. A full boney extration will take weeks to months for the bone t... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Unlikely: Unlikely. See orthodontist for advice about diastema. See oral surgeon for advice about wisdom teeth
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A female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Pressure: When you lay down, blood supply increases to head and this may explain. See DDS to solve dental pain.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Endodontist: See an endodontist for best opinion. CT scan or exam under microscope will sometimes show a crack that cannot otherwise be detected.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Dead bone: Osteonecrosis is dead bone. If the disease keeps progressing, the jaw may have to be resected for cure. Difficult problem. Make sure you are managed b... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes. A medical evaluation would be indicated. Also in the meantime treat with NSAIDs, saline gargle, soft diet.
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes common TMJ symptoms. See TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosth... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Both: Probably a combination of both meds, anesthesia and healing process. You should return to normal soon. No permanent or long lasting effects.
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Perhaps: Not septoplasty. You would have to do extensive turbinate reduction. Also unlikely, but possible. See an ENT doc for advice.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Maybe. : Anything to stabilize your bite will help to improving your TMJ.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: http://www.barrettsinfo.com/content/2b_gerd.cfm Chest pain due to GERD may radiate down the arms, into the jaw, ear or neck and mimic heart disease. C... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
DDS: Dental pain means dental disease. See DDS. In the meantime, tramadol probably stronger.
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Depends: Depends if you mean immediately after, or in the weeks following. Usually nose is packed immediately. So nothing to do except keep outside clean with ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Ask sleep MD: It may interfere with any planned sleep studies. Ask sleep specialist.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Infection?: You may be drooling because it hurts to swallow. Lumps under jaw along with drooling suggests an infection of teeth/mouth/throat. See oral surgeon or ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes, very common - impacted means it's stuck. See an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for best wisdom tooth advice and treatment.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Classic TMJ symptoms: The classic triad of symptoms joint pain, limited oral opening and joint noises. See an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for evaluation.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Dentist: OTC pain meds until you can see dentist. ASAP!!
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Lymph node: Likely a reactive lymph node. Cause often obscure. Should resolve on it's own within a week or so. If persists beyond that, see your MD.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
ENT doc: There are many causes for difficult swallowing - dysphagia. See an ENT doc who can examine the patient and do swallowing studies.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Oral surgeon: Wisdom teeth ARE third molars. Best advice is to see an oral surgeon for expert advice.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
A few things: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
TMJ expert: Complex problems. Modalities of treatment include meds, physical therapy, splints, injections, occasional surgery. See a TMJ expert.Any dentist can b... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
TMJ/TMD: TMJ problem. See a TMJ specialist. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodonti... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes. Many symptoms overlap. Eye symptoms such as blurred vision, double vision, and reduced vision (blindness in one or both eyes) are more ominous. S... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Perhaps: Perhaps. Can't hurt. . Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasi... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Pulpitis: Pulpitis likely. May need root canal. Follow advice of treating dentist.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Avoidance: Avoidance of those triggers that you've mentioned. If you have antibiotics, that will help to decrease the pain. You can take up to 800 mg of ibuprofe... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Dentist ASAP: Sounds like a potential serious infection. See dentist or oral surgeon ASAP.
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes. Very curable if caught in early stages
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Oral surgeon: Age 15 is ideal for wisdom tooth assessment. See an expert. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board ce... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Tooth vs sinus: Infection likely from tooth or sinus infection. See oral surgeon or ENT doc ASAP for exam/treatment.
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Mar 19, 2015
Being trained, licensed, & board certified both medically (both otolaryngology AND facial plastic & reconstructive surgery) AND dentally (oral & maxillofacial surgery),Dr.Gallia is in possession of an...Read More
Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
Apr 24, 2015
Great Doctor. He gets right to the point, addresses the issue in a straightforward manner and tells you who to follow up with. What more could you want. Glad to have him here on Healthtap.com. Impress...Read More
Dr. Lou is a respected colleague who provides sound advice and is a true asset to my practice and HealthTap patients. I highly recommend him for all your Oral and Maxillofacial needs. Great Job Dr Lou...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Periodontist had done free gingival graft, as well as, alloderm on 5 lower front teeth. He thinks prognosis poor but I will see him again in 1 week. I will need to rebu...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Ok. I always thought the patient would be in an impossible lying position. I'll need 2 or 3 implants soon enough in UL. Always went to quarterly perio cleanings. Hmm--ge...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Yes. I will contact my insurance company to explore coverage with a removable Nesbit. Have used one in the past for 2 missing teeth. It worked. If ins. co. says no cover...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Washington School of Medicine, WA
Graduated 1976MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, PA
Graduated 1976MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CTR
Completed 1979

Residency

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Completed 1982

Awards

Top Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, First Place, National - Spring
2014
Thought Leader, Second Place, Sacramento Region - Spring
2014
Top Doctor, First Place, Sacramento Region - Spring
2014

Affiliations

American Dental Assocation
California Dental Associaton
Sacramento District Dental Society
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