Our History


PermaDent was founded in 1986 by Dr. Melvyn Schwarz, a pioneer in bringing Implant Dentistry to Southern California. For many years, PermaDent was one of the only Dental Implant Centers in the world and Dr. Schwarz’s reputation for exceptional skill, patient care and leadership in implant dentistry was cemented. Over the years he has placed more than 15,000 implants!

In 2014, after working together for several years, Dr. Schwarz invited Dr. MariaElena Rodriguez, a highly regarded Maxillofacial Prosthodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon, to join PermaDent as co-director and, eventually, as its owner. Her remarkable ability to both treatment plan complex cases and place implants for exceptional aesthetic outcomes has perpetuated PermaDent’s reputation for quality and delivering successful results. 

Then in 2018, Drs. Schwarz and Rodriguez invited Dr. Perry Klokkevold, a highly regarded Periodontist, Dental Implant Surgeon, and world-renowned educator, to join PermaDent and expand our breadth of patient care. Together, they continue to move PermaDent forward with the same passion, high standards, and state-of-the-art care that our patients and dental colleagues have come to expect. 

Today, the finest dentists in the South Bay continue to rely on the expertise of the PermaDent team. Together, we share a commitment to excellence in patient care and high-quality dentistry, and we value the importance of collaborating with our colleagues to provide our patients with the very best care available.

Permadent Dental Implant Center
3400 Lomita Boulevard, Suite 402
Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: 310-325-9969
Fax: 310-534-0027
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