Dr. Louis Gallia

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

Locations

Scripps Oral Surgery

Sacramento, CA

Address

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

Thursday: 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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Depends: Depends the site and the size of the biopsy. Could be as little as a couple of days. Also depends on the result of the biopsy. If there is underlying ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Sometimes: For certain neurological disorders, yes. For others no. Best bet is to see an oral surgeon or oro-facial pain doc for diagnosis. Any dentist can be a ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Yes: Yes, after spread into jaw bone and into blood stream. therefore treat all dental decay.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
HPV: The HPV virus in a common cause for both oral cavity and oropharyngeal cancer.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Yes: Yes. If you successfully treat the TMJ, the ringing may improve. Alternatively, it might be ear related. See an ENT ddc to check it out.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Usually TMD: Usually a problem with the TMJ. See a TMJ expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosth... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Massage: The muscles around the joint are massaged. Hopefully working out muscles spasm. Likely muscles are pretreated with moist heat.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Not likley necrosis: Bone necrosis means dead bone. Don't get dead bone in routine TMD, you get various stages of degenerative bone disease. Physical therapy often helpful... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Varied: Many. Could be tooth problem, jaw joint problem, muscles in pain around TMJ. bruxism, parotid gland problem. . I would start with an oral surgeon to d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Unlikely: While TMJ symptoms can occur in any patient, I don't believe that raynaud patients have any higher association of TMD than other patients.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Not usually: Usually TMJ problems can be treated conservatively. There are a couple of disorder that require surgery primarily. The best approach in most TMD is to... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Temporarily: The lump under the jaw is an abscess or enlarged lymph node. Antibiotics will temporarily help, but the problem will recur unless you treat the cause.... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Signs/Symptoms: See oral surgeon or ENT doc if you have any of these symptoms: Persistent mouth sore, persistent mouth pain, a lump or thickening in the cheek, a whit... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Varies: Varies. Many parameters to assess: A reference here: best cpap mask
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
No: No. For best results with a facelift, see a facial plastic surgeon.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Yes: Analgesics are part of TMJ treatment.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
No: No. Implants not indicated with periodontal disease.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Unlikely: No evidence will help. Best advice is to have wisdom teeth removed by board certified oral surgeon. If dry socket develops, easily treated.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Possible: Possible. Once the spider bite treatment and resolution, jaw pain should subside. If not, see oral surgeon.
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A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Cyst: Most common diagnosis would be sebaceous cyst but it needs to be evaluated and excised with biopsy. See ent doc or facial plastic surgeon
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
No: I've never heard of that. Although you could have pain in the muscles around the breast.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Local Expert: A variety of dental specialists can help. Ask your dentist for referral. Oral surgeon, orofacial pain specialist, prosthodontist. Depends on your loca... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Usually: Muscle relaxers will help the muscular pain usually associated with TMJ.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Rare: Allergies don't commonly cause TMJ, but the two can be linked, particularly in children. Allergies that cause nasal congestion in a child could lead t... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Usually cold.: Usually cold makes it worse. However, if you have an inflammatory componenst, cold might help. Try both, use whatever makes it more comfortable.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Yes: Yes. I've seen 8 in one patient. For best results, have your wisdom teeth managed by an oral surgeon.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Somtimes: TMJ symptoms that get worse at night are usually related to nocturnal clenching and grinding of the teeth.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Possible: Possible. Pain? If present more than a week, it should be checked by a dentist for diagnosis.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Varied: Varied. Depends on the skin type, wrinkle classification, and experience of doctor. Best advice: seek more than one opinion. From dermatologist and fa... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Teeth not touching: One of the most useful methods is to realize that teeth only touch while chewing ans swallowing. Other times keep your teeth slightly separated. Shoul... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Usually: Usually. Make sure you are managed by a experienced sleep doc.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Not likely: Probably not impossible but I've never seen or heard of that complication 30 years of practice. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
No: Not normal. Many reasons for shortness of breath. See your regular MD.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Very: Often very effective for TMJ disorders if done properly.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Yes, but: Yes, in selected cases. Most important to to undergo treatment at university medical center with very experienced experts.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
No: No. The endotracheal tube ("breathing tube") will bypass any areas of obstruction.
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Mucosal tear: Cause mucosal tear in nasal mucosa. Be worried enough to see ENT doc ASAP.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Expert: See an expert who can treat you both non-surgically (hopefully) and surgically if you don't respond to non-surgical treatment.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Treat TMJ: Treat the underlying TMJ problem. True dizziness (spinning) not caused by TMJ. If you have spinning, see a neurologist or ENT doc.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
See orthodontist: Complex question. You didn't mention if your retainers help or worsen the bruxism. Your orthodontist (hopefully a board certified orthodontist) should... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Minimal to none: Either no pain or very little.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Few things: Can be due to a few things. Worst would be a disorder of the muscles of your esophagus (swallowing tube). See ENT doc for evaluation.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Where?: What part of jawbone? Nothing should be changing at your age. see an oral surgeon for assessment.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Pain swelling: Pain and swelling of the tongue. Very variable appearance and symptoms. Can be related to late stage syphilis. See oral surgeon or ENT for evaluation/... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Yes, but: Usually you will see an improvement by the next day. If not, contact the dentist. Sometimes, abscess exists which has to be drained before the antibio... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
See oral surgeon: Not normal. See oral surgeon who will probably want to biopsy the mass.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Yes, or TMJ?: Yes, also consider TMj.... TMJ can mimic these symptoms. See oral surgeon to check this our.
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
No: No. More likely upper respiratory infection. See your MD if symptoms persist.
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Either: Could be either. Have chest pain checked ASAP to make sure no serious medical problem.
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A female asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 47 years experience
Sinus: Likely sinus infection. Could be other things. See MD ASAP.
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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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