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Dr. James Gagliardi

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Dr. James Gagliardi

Dr. James Gagliardi
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Dr. James Gagliardi

General Dentistry
Dr. James Gagliardi
Practicing the dental arts is my way of using my particular gifts to give back to society and help people live healthier and longer lives. Having worked with so many unique people every day has enriched my life in more ways than I could have imagined. I am truly lucky to serve the families here!

Dr. Gagliardi attained my BS in Zoology from Washington State University, graduating Cum Laude. And for dental school, he attended the University of Washington, graduating in 1978. It has always been important to him to stay on the cutting edge of research and technology. Taking continuing education is the best opportunity he has to ensure he’s providing our patients with the best services that dentistry has to offer. Dr. Gagliardi is also in an ongoing implant study club. He has taken well over a thousand hours of dental continuing education throughout his career!

Dr. Gagliardi says it’s very gratifying to be able to be a part of changing our patients’ lives by what we do here in our office. After 31 years in practice, it’s been amazing to watch the children in our practice grow up and to have children of their own! He prides himself on providing his patients with state-of-the-art dental services. He worked to become a certified Invisalign® Premier Provider and continue to build on his knowledge base with continuing education through Invisalign’s course offerings.

Born and raised in Tacoma, Dr. Gagliardi enjoys being a part of this community. Fircrest is a wonderful, close-knit town, and he’s proud to serve the families who live here. At home, his family includes his wife and four wonderful children. Dr. Gagliardi’s hobbies include golf, cycling, skiing, swimming, and playing music. He even used to be in a rock band!

As a part of his continuing education, hs is an active member of
American Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

Pierce County Dental Society
Pierce County Dental Society

Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

Academy of Osseointegration

International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation
Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation

American Society of Osseointegration

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General Information

What is Light Dental Studios?
Light Dental Studios is a comprehensive dental care provider that has been serving the Puget Sound area since 1971.
How many locations does Light Dental Studios have?
We have 21 convenient locations throughout the Puget Sound area to serve you better.
What areas do you serve?
What services do you offer?
Light Dental Studios offers a range of services including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, in-house denture lab, orthodontics, oral surgery, and periodontics.
Do you provide pediatric dentistry?
Yes, we offer specialized care for our younger patients to ensure they have a smile worth showing off at every age.
What cosmetic dentistry options are available?
We offer a range of cosmetic treatments including cosmetic bonding, Invisalign®, dental BOTOX®, teeth whitening, veneers, and more to help your smile shine brighter than a polished molar!

Appointments & Operations

How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment by calling any of our 22 locations or by visiting our appointment page on our website.
What are your operating hours?
Operating hours may vary by location. Please check the specific location page for details.
Do you offer emergency dental care?
Yes, we do provide emergency dental services. Please call our emergency after-hours number at (253) 719-3070


What is orthodontics, and when should I consider seeing an orthodontist?
Orthodontics specializes in correcting misaligned teeth and bites. If you have concerns about your smile or bite, an orthodontic consultation can help.
What types of orthodontic treatments are available at Light Dental Studios?
We offer a variety of options, including traditional braces and clear aligners, to straighten your teeth effectively.


What conditions do periodontists treat?
Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum diseases. They can help with issues like gingivitis and periodontitis.
When should I see a periodontist?
If you experience symptoms like bleeding gums, gum recession, or persistent bad breath, it's advisable to schedule a consultation with a periodontist.

Pediatric Dentists

What is pediatric dentistry, and why is it important for children?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of children and adolescents. Early dental care helps establish good oral hygiene habits for life.
At what age should my child first visit a pediatric dentist?
It's recommended to schedule your child's first dental visit around their first birthday or when their first tooth appears.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons

What procedures do oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform?
These specialists handle a wide range of surgical procedures, including tooth extractions, dental implants, and corrective jaw surgeries.
Is sedation available for oral surgery procedures?
Yes, we offer various sedation options to ensure your comfort during oral and maxillofacial surgery. Your surgeon will discuss the best choice for your procedure.

Disclaimer: These FAQs should help provide valuable information about the different dental specialists available at Light Dental Studios, addressing common questions and concerns that patients may have. Please note that the provided information above is based on general knowledge, and it's always recommended to consult with our doctors for personalized advice and recommendations regarding your or your child's specific dental needs and conditions. For any questions or concerns, please call our office.


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