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Dr. James Mellert DDS - Dentist

5.0 based on 302 reviews

1 Rating out of 5 stars

310-543-1234 View Phone

3480 Torrance Blvd Ste 100

Torrance, CA 90503

www.dentisttorrance.com

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Meet the Doctor

We are a comprehensive general practice with emphasis in aesthetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Mellert has been in practice for over 35 years in Torrance and has a new high tech modern and well equipped office located at 3480 Torrance Blvd STE 100, Torrance CA 90503 next to Del Amo Fashion Square . He is a 3rd generation Dentist and graduate of USC dental school. The staff are exceptionally experienced, accommodating, very kind, and present a friendly office atmosphere to our patients. Dr. Mellert has particular success with highly anxious patients and feels a great sense of accomplishment when patients tell us they look forward to their dental visits. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

Office Hours

Mon: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Tue: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Thur: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Same Day Emergencies OK
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    Office Facilities & Resources

    Dedicated Consultation Room


    Dedicated Consultation Room


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    Dedicated Relaxation/Recovery Area


    Dedicated Relaxation/Recovery Area


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    Individual Patient Audio-Video


    Individual Patient Audio-Video


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    Before & After Cases On Website


    Before & After Cases On Website


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    Interest-Free Patient Financing


    Interest-Free Patient Financing


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    Air Abrasion

    In-Office Professional Whitening


    In-Office Professional Whitening


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    Intra-Oral Camera

    Digital X-Ray

    Invisalign

    Cerec - Cad/Cam Technology


    Cerec - Cad/Cam Technology


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    Nitrous Oxide

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    Our beautiful reception area for our patients to relax, and feel at "home" in.
    Our beautiful reception area for our patients to relax, and feel at "home" in.
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    1. New Patient Special - Free Professional Consultation

    Special Procedures

    Chao Pinhole Academy

    Training in the latest gum grafting technique. Minimal down time and discomfort. Multiple teeth can be treated and a second surgery site is often eliminated.. Patients have frequently expressed how easy the procedure can be.


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    Galileos 3d Cone Beam Radiograghy

    Our state of the art 3D scanner helps in dental implant placement and in diagnosis of bone loss in periodontal disease. Our patients have appreciated this technology.


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    Bicon Dental Implants

    Bicon out of Boston has a series of short dental implants with excellent long term success. A short and wide implant allows for safe placement and great results. I have been placing these implants since 1991.


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    Aesthetic All Ceramic Crowns

    Our dental laboratory does a fantastic job of fabricating natural looking crowns. that appear to be natural.


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    Patient Centered Anxiety Reduction

    If a patient expresses any dental fear or anxiety Dr. Mellert carefully opens up a discussion about what may be behind the anxiety and presents to the patient the idea that the patient is in control of all that occurs during treatment . Countless patients have appreciated this approach.


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    Conservative Cosmetic Dentistry

    Dr. Steven Brown has a practice emphasis in conservative cosmetic dentistry. Patients have appreciated amazing results without incurring the cost of a crown or porcelain laminate.He has a twenty plus year history in our office.


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    Blood Pressure Monitoring Prior To Treatment

    We are proactive in frequently taking blood pressure readings. Many patients have benefited from the discovery of a high blood pressure reading. We refer the patient to their own physician for follow up evaluation. If our patient would like a referral we have numerous excellent physicians of all specialties we have worked with over the years.


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    Pinhole Surgical Technique

    Dr. Mellert is so happy to be trained in the technique invented and patented by Los Angeles dentist, Dr. John Chao. He trained and graduated from Dr. Chao’s Academy and is using his already established surgical skills to apply this technique every day. You may have seen Dr. John Chao on television. Many TV stations have covered this amazing technique. He has also been the guest on several local news and talk shows and will soon be sharing his ideas on national television.


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    Articles

    Sleep Apnea and Oral Appliances Oct. 21, 2014, 7:16 a.m.

    Oral Appliances


    Oral appliances (OA) are a front-line treatment for patients with mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) who prefer OAs to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), or who do not respond to CPAP, are not appropriate candidates for CPAP, or who fail treatment attempts with CPAP or treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep position change. This small plastic device fits in the mouth during sleep like a sports mouth guard or orthodontic retainer. Oral appliances help prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep and promoting adequate air intake. Oral appliances may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for sleep-related breathing disorders, such as weight management, surgery or CPAP.

    Standards of Care

    • Patients with primary snoring or mild OSA who do not respond to, or are not appropriate candidates for treatment with behavioral measures such as weight loss or sleep-position change.
    • Patients with moderate to severe OSA should have an initial trial of nasal CPAP, due to greater effectiveness with the use of oral appliances.
    • Patients with moderate to severe OSA who are intolerant of or refuse treatment with nasal CPAP. Oral appliances are also indicated for patients who refuse treatment, or are not candidates for tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, cranofacial operations, or tracheostomy.

    Oral Appliance Therapy


    Oral appliance therapy involves the selection, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance that maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat when worn during sleep. Custom-made oral appliances are proven to be more effective than over-the-counter devices, which are not recommended as a screening tool nor as a therapeutic option.

    Dentists like Dr Brown in our office has extensive  training in oral appliance therapy are is familiar with the various designs of appliances and can help determine which is best suited for your specific needs. A board certified sleep medicine physician must first provide a diagnosis and recommend the most effective treatment approach. A dental sleep medicine specialist may then provide treatment and follow-up.

    The initial evaluation phase of oral appliance therapy can take several weeks or months to complete. This includes examination, evaluation to determine the most appropriate oral appliance, fitting, maximizing adaptation of the appliance, and the function.

    Ongoing care, including short- and long-term follow-up is an essential step in the treatment of snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea with Oral Appliance Therapy. Follow-up care serves to assess the treatment of your sleep disorder, the condition of your appliance, your physical response to your appliance, and to ensure that it is comfortable and effective.

    Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy

    • Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear. Most people find that it only takes a couple of weeks to become acclimated to wearing the appliance.
    • Oral appliances are small and convenient making them easy to carry when traveling.
    • Treatment with oral appliances is reversible and non-invasive

    How Oral Appliances Work

    • Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
    • Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
    • Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue

    Types of Oral Appliances


    With so many different oral appliances available, selection of a specific appliance may appear somewhat overwhelming. Nearly all appliances fall into one of two categories. The diverse variety is simply a variation of a few major themes. Oral appliances can be classified by mode of action or design variation.

    Tongue Retaining Appliances


    Tongue retaining appliances hold the tongue in a forward position using a suction bulb. When the tongue is in a forward position, it serves to keep the back of the tongue from collapsing during sleep and obstructing the airway in the throat.

    Mandibular Repositioning Appliances


    Mandibular repositioning appliances reposition and maintain the lower jaw in a protruded position during sleep. The device serves to open the airway by indirectly pulling the tongue forward, stimulating activity of the muscles in the tongue and making it more rigid. The device also holds the lower jaw and other structures in a stable position to prevent the mouth from opening.

    Other Treatment Options


    There are three primary ways to treat snoring and sleep apnea, in addition to lifestyle changes such as good sleep hygiene, exercise and weight loss. The most common treatment is Continuous Positive Air Pressure. CPAP keeps your airway open by providing a steady stream of air through a tube connected to a mask that you wear as you sleep. Another option is surgery performed by an AADSM member trained as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. A surgeon can prevent airway collapses by eliminating tissue in the soft palate, uvula and tongue. More complex surgical procedures can reposition the anatomic structure of your mouth and facial bones. 



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    How to Guide on Flossing your Teeth Oct. 21, 2014, 7:07 a.m.

    A Dental Hygienist Refresher Course On Flossing

    How many times have you heard your dentist and dental hygienist tell you to floss? You nod your head and, maybe, you try flossing for a while. Then old habits take over. Well, it bears repeating: is one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

    Bacteria accumulate between the teeth and where the tooth meets gum tissue. Every 24 hours brings a new batch. Brushing won''t get rid of the bacteria, flossing correctly will.

    Flossing before or after brushing should be a part of your home oral health care program. It doesn''t matter which floss you use, and it doesn''t require special skills, although practice makes perfect.

    Here''s a general routine to follow: wrap floss around your fingers, leaving five to six inches to work with. Keep the floss tight.

    When the floss frays, re-loop the floss and continue flossing.

    If you feel as if you''re all thumbs, use a flossing threader. Your dentist or dental hygienist can show you how.

    Choose a section of teeth; say your upper molars, which are most difficult to reach. Follow the curve of enamel on every surface, reaching wherever you can, with about three passes each time.

    If an opening between teeth is tight, you may have to gently pull the floss toward the gum line. Be careful not to damage soft tissue.

    Work from the back teeth toward the front while flossing, and then repeat the process on the other side. Rinse when you''re done. The time you invest in plaque removal will pay real dividends at your next dentist cleaning visit. Your dental hygienist will be proud!



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    Anxiety Free Dentistry Oct. 21, 2014, 7:05 a.m.

    Anxiety Free Dentistry - Frequently Asked Questions on Reducing Dental Anxiety

    Q. Why do you need to have regular dental care check-ups?

    A. Regular check-ups are needed to monitor your overall oral health. In addition to checking for cavities, your dentist examines the health of your entire mouth and surrounding soft tissues, checking for pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions, oral sores, and gum disease.

    Your oral health is connected with your general health. Dental care check-ups can alert the dentist to other medical conditions that have symptoms in the mouth such as diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal irregularities. Regular dental care visits are vital to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions affecting your mouth.

    Q. What can you do to feel more relaxed during a dental care appointment?

    A. With the combination of modern anesthetics and new conscious sedation dentistry technology and techniques, many procedures only have minimal discomfort or are now entirely painless. Dental care providers want their patients to have maximum comfort and approach their treatments with a relaxed attitude and less dental anxiety.

    There are a number of ways to decrease dental anxiety:

    • Tell the dental care staff your concerns. Studies have shown that talking about your fears of possible discomfort actually reduces pain.
    • Use visualization to picture yourself relaxed, or repeat messages that have a calming effect.
    • Play your favorite music on a walkman you bring with you (some dental offices are equipped with walkmans, too.)
    • Arrange a signal with the dental care staff, such as raising your hand, if you need a break or feel discomfort.

    Some dental care offices are now offering patients new options for stress-relief: hypnosis, self-hypnosis instructions, relaxation tapes, soft lighting, warm gel-filled eye masks, scented candles, and massaging pillows. These are helpful in reducing stress in patients that suffer from dental anxiety. Be sure to avoid the use of stimulants such as caffeine prior to your visit.

    Q. Aromatherapy has a relaxing effect for many people. Is this effective for patients undergoing dental treatment?

    A. Research studies conducted at Case Western Reserve University have noted that the use of aromatherapy has a significant positive effect on dental anxiety patients. Two-thirds of the patients receiving aromatherapy were more calm and relaxed than those patients without exposure to the scented fragrance oils.

    Dentists are concerned about your comfort. Ask your dental provider if aromatherapy is available in the office to help reduce dental anxiety, or if you can bring your own for your dental care visit. Essential fragrance oils are available in health food stores, spas, and some grocery and drug store outlets.

    Q. Are dental patients who are considered at risk for bacterial infections advised to take antibiotic medication prior to their appointments?

    A. Certain medical conditions, such as heart valve problems or a recent total joint replacement, are considered at risk for infection at the site of the cardiac abnormality or joint replacement. This infection results from bacteria from the mouth entering the bloodstream and working its way to these vulnerable areas.

    Consequently, dental care procedures likely to result in bleeding from the gums or mucous membranes will require patients to take antibiotics prior to that procedure. Such procedures could include, but are not limited to, extractions, implant surgery, incision and drainage for oral infection, and professional teeth cleaning.

    Guidelines have been established by the American Heart Association and the American Dental Association to provide dentists and physicians with information regarding appropriate regimens for antibiotic therapy. It also outlines those situations when antibiotic therapy is or is not indicated.

    There also are other medical conditions warranting antibiotic therapy prior to dental procedures. Be sure to update your dentist regarding your medical history. Your dentist and/or physician will advise you of any special needs.

    Q. Where can you receive dental services if you do not have the money to cover the related expense?

    A. If you do not have either dental insurance or the money to pay for a dental visit, you should inquire about financial aid from various sources within your community.

    You may need to make several calls, but the local dental society, the local public health department, or social service agencies may be able to direct you to sources of assistance. Also, check local hospitals, dental schools, and outreach clinics that may be able to provide dental services at a reduced fee.



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    Gum Disease Oct. 21, 2014, 7:04 a.m.

    Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss in adults over 35. Have you noticed that swollen gums? When you brush your teeth do you often have bleeding gums? These symptoms may mean that you have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Torrance gum disease dentist Dr. James Mellert is your resource in for identifying and treating this problem, safely and easily.

    Left untreated, gum disease can progress to periodontitis, a serious threat to your oral health that can result in teeth and bone loss. But it affects more than your mouth; it can be dangerous to your overall health. Recent studies have linked advanced gum disease to heart disease, stroke, and pregnancy complications.

    The professionals at Dr. James Mellert use proven techniques to gently remove infected gum tissue and the bacteria causing the infection, returning your mouth to its healthy, normal state.

    Why wait another moment? Call us today at (855) 394-4961 or complete our simple online form to schedule a consultation. We''re dedicated to providing you with affordable, top-quality dental care.

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    If you''re looking for a highly-trained gum disease dentist in Torrance you''ve come to the right place. Dr. Mellert offers gum disease dentistry Torrance residents have come to trust for the highest quality dental care



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    Pinhole/VISTA Procedure

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    Upper right quadrant-this patient had 3-4 mm of recession on teeth #3-8.
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    Improved gingival health and this patient was very pleased with the aesthetics of treatment!
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    Read Reviews for Dr. James Mellert
    Review 1 by Stars: 5.0 on Link
    I have been seeing Dr. Mellert, Dr. Brown and their staff for close to 20 years now. I have full confidence in them and their work. It is a wonderful office from the front desk staff to the hygientists to the dental assistants and Dr. Mellert. I have also had a number of root canals from Dr. Brown and the work and expertise is top notch from both these experts. Look no further if you have dental anxiety or you are just looking for an honest, personable, caring dental office. Fees are fair as well. I have never seen another dentist since 1997 and I hope I never have too.

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    My Experience: Gum Surgery

    I know this doctor: 19 years

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    I can honestly say Dr Mellert is confident and skilled in gum surgery. I would HIGHLY recommend him to others. The office is top quality.

    About Front Desk: The front office personnel are A okay in my book. I got turned around one day and 3 of the ladies circled the grounds until they found me.

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    About Hygienist: Janis is very knowledgeable and thorough in teeth cleaning. I would rate her #10.

    I know this doctor: 7 months

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    Great! on Sept. 20, 2016, 3:47 p.m. Link
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    If you want that Hollywood smile you don't have to go Downtown its right here in the So.bay great results great office awesome staff....??

    About Front Desk: Great

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    I know this doctor: Over 10 years

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    Review 4 by Stars: 5.0 on Link
    I am a complete coward when it comes to dental work, but dr. Mellert did all he could to put me at ease and to work quickly. I wouldn't go to anyone else.

    About Front Desk: simply the best!

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    Review 5 by Stars: 5.0 on Link
    Always the best in the business. He does exceptional work, worth every dollar.

    About Front Desk: Great staff and always accommodating and friendly.

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    About Hygienist: Excellent 5 Stars

    My Experience: Crown

    Duration: 1 hour

    I know this doctor: 25 years

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    Review 6 by Stars: 5.0 on Link
    He carefully explained the procedure. I was a little afraid of root canals Answered all my questions. Had no pain during the visit. I had one more visit to put the crowns on both teeth. It's like having brand new teeth! Extremely happy with this dentist and would recommend him to Everyone.

    About Front Desk: Really, really nice and helpful.

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    About Hygienist: Great job. No pain for thorough cleaning..

    My Experience: Root Canal

    Duration: Abut an hour

    I know this doctor: Almost 11 years

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    Review 7 by Stars: 5.0 on Link
    I have extreme dental anxiety. Not only has Dr. Mellert corrected my dental issue, he has helped to lessen my anxiety level. Dr. Mellert was sympathic to my anxiety and non-judgemental. He spent a lot of time talking me through not only the procedure, but the anxiety issue and how one can't help how they feel or react. Knowing that I was was taken seriously really helped to relax me and lessen my anxiety level. All throughout the procedure Dr. Mellert made sure I was comfortable and ok with going forward. Dr. Mellert was through, fast and efficient. I was not subject to the procedure longer than I needed to be. I recommend Dr. Mellert highly to anyone with a dental issue. By far the best dental experience I have ever had.

    About Front Desk: First rate staff both at the desk, and in the exam rooms.

    I know this doctor: 2 days

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