The Art & Science of Specialized Dental Care

Advanced Treatment Planning & Patient Care in Dental Implant Surgery, Prosthodontics and Periodontics

We are excited to announce the addition of renowned periodontist and educator, Dr. Perry Klokkevold to our team! With his addition, we are pleased to now offer exceptional periodontal services in our practice.

About Melvyn Schwarz, D.D.S., M.Sc.D.

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PermaDent was founded in 1986 by Dr. Melvyn Schwarz, a pioneer in bringing implant dentistry (the permanent solution to tooth loss) and the dental CT Scan to the South Bay. For many years, PermaDent was one of the only facilities in the world limited exclusively to dental implants and Dr. Schwarz’s reputation for exceptional work and leadership in implant dentistry was cemented. Though he has limited his practice to select cases, Dr. Schwarz is still an integral part of the PermaDent Team, and his contributions to the treatment planning and care of our patients continue to be invaluable.

At PermaDent, Dr. Schwarz focuses on:  Extractions, Bone Grafting, Sinus Lifts and Implant Surgery.


About MariaElena Rodriguez, D.D.S.

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Dr. Rodriguez is a multi-specialist in dentistry and has been practicing since 2000. She completed a 2 year fellowship, solely focused in Dental Implant Surgery, at the renowned Loma Linda University, one of only two centers in the United States that offer such in-depth training. Because of this and her long-standing career and experience in Prosthodontics, patients and referring dentists seek her out knowing their implants will be perfectly placed, both functionally and aesthetically. Dr. Rodriguez is a passionate and vibrant practitioner known for her magnetic energy and reputation for doing only what is the very best for her patients.

At PermaDent, Dr. Rodriguez focuses on:  Extractions, Bone Grafting, Sinus Lifts, Implant Placement (single and multiple), Full mouth evaluation, all on 4 dental implants, All-on-6, All-on-8, Edentulous Patients (patients with full dentures), Partially-Edentulous Patients (patients with partials and bridges), Implant-supported Dentures, Same-day dental implants, Permanent Teeth, Maxillofacial patients (patient with a history of radiation to the head and neck), Cosmetic procedures and Treatment Planning for complex cases involving multiple doctors.


Perry R. Klokkevold, D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.D.

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Dr. Klokkevold brings 25 years of clinical expertise as a periodontist, implant surgeon and educator to the PermaDent team. In 2018, he transitioned his faculty clinical practice activities from UCLA into private practice at PermaDent, while maintaining his position as Professor of Clinical Dentistry and Program Director of Periodontics and Implant Surgery. Dr. Klokkevold is an outstanding clinician and a natural teacher with a reputation for being compassionate, patient-centered and always striving for the best quality of care.

At PermaDent, Dr. Klokkevold focuses on:  Extractions, Bone Grafting, Sinus Lifts, Implant Placement (single and multiple), Comprehensive Periodontal Examination, Optimal Oral Health Patient Education, Periodontal “Gum” Disease Prevention and Management, Esthetic Periodontal Plastic Surgery, Soft Tissue Grafting (Gum Recession/Root Coverage), Crown Lengthening (Tooth Exposure), and Hard Tissue/Bone Grafts (Guided tissue regeneration).


Our implant dentists have over 50 years of expertise performing dental implants and surgery in Torrance, CA.