MariaElena “Malena” Rodriguez, D.D.S. has been practicing Maxillofacial Prosthodontics in Torrance for nearly 20 years. Following her graduation from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2000, she continued her training and specialized in Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Geriatric Dentistry, all at UCLA. In 2014, after being in private practice for many years, she again expanded her specialization by completing the internationally respected Implant Dentistry fellowship at Loma Linda University – one of only two centers in the world that offer such in-depth dental implant training. This combined training and practical experience has made Dr. Rodriguez a highly skilled dental implant surgeon.
Deeply committed to education, Dr. Rodriguez spent 8 years on faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry; continues to mentor students and young dentists, and frequently attends advanced dentistry courses all over the world. In addition, she is a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood, a U.S. based international women’s organization whose primary focus is providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
Perry Klokkevold, D.D.S, M.S., F.A.C.D. brings 25 years of clinical expertise as a periodontist, implant surgeon and educator to the PermaDent Team. He is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology, a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Faculty Member of the OKU Dental Honor Society. He graduated from UCSF School of Dentistry and completed postgraduate training in Hospital Dentistry, Periodontics and Implant Surgery, all at UCLA.
Dr. Klokkevold is Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Director of the UCLA Periodontics Residency Program. He lectures nationally and internationally and has been an invited expert to world conferences assessing the state of periodontics and implantology. He has published over 60 articles and more than 100 book chapters. He is Co-Editor Clinical Periodontology, (10th -13th eds) the most widely read and respected textbook in the field of periodontics.
Our years of specialized training and experience allow us to more accurately identify the cause of the problem and recommend a course of treatment that is designed specifically for your long-term success.
At PermaDent, our surgeons offer expert care for a wide range of dental conditions, from routine tooth extractions, dental implants and gum grafts to the most complex, customized treatment plans. We perform safe, effective and predictable surgical procedures so you can feel confident in the results.
At PermaDent, our patients benefit from our years of expertise and the latest technological advancements to get their customized treatment plan during their comprehensive consultation. We educate and empower our patient to make the best choices for their oral health while making it simple and easy to implement.
We use the latest technology that we have at our disposal to get clear picture of your oral health.
You’ll walk out of our office with a treatment plan the same day you have your consultation!
We know you’re excited for your new smile! All you have to do is schedule; we’ll take care of the rest!
For most of us, what we know about dentistry, we learned as kids: brush twice a day, get a cleaning twice a year, and any cavities are your fault.
What we didn’t learn about is the role genetics play in our dental makeup and that those cavities might not be our fault at all. We weren’t told about the effects medications can have on our oral health, especially as we age, and how to be proactive in combating them. And we definitely didn’t learn about the causes of bone loss or gum recession!
Fast forward many years and we find ourselves faced with the potential of tooth loss, needing a root canal or dental implant, or told we have gum disease – and it always comes at the very worst time.
Early intervention and education can help stop or even prevent what we call “the dental domino effect,” – what often happens when we attempt to fix a problem without really understanding its cause.
Our specialists have invested heavily in their dental implant training. We can provide implants for the tooth or teeth in question while preventing further issues and preserving the integrity of your oral health.
Whether you need a routine bone or tissue graft or your case is large and complex, our specialists have the skills and expertise to do it right the first time. We predictably and consistently deliver exceptional results that optimize your oral health.
Battling periodontal disease can be a long process. Our team of specialists have the education and experience to get your oral health back on track and optimize the appearance and function of your smile for years to come.
Needing dental implants or periodontic therapy is not always an easy reality to come to terms with. We understand the emotional impact that this can have, and our whole team is dedicated to ensuring your long-term health and success. We are true specialists in the top of our field and can handle the most complex cases with integrity and predictability.
When it comes to your smile we know that form and function bear equal weight. We consistently deliver exquisite results that are durable, long-lasting, and support your overall health. Our specialists both treat current issues while preventing subsequent ones, keeping your education and trust at the core of every treatment plan. Here, we take the time with each patient to clearly set expectations and give you the information and education you need to feel empowered and secure in your choices.