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!
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 PMSame Day Emergencies OK
1. New Patient Special - Free Professional Consultation
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.
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.
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.
Aesthetic All Ceramic Crowns
Our dental laboratory does a fantastic job of fabricating natural looking crowns. that appear to be natural.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sleep Apnea and Oral Appliances Oct. 21, 2014, 7:16 a.m.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
How to Guide on Flossing your Teeth Oct. 21, 2014, 7:07 a.m.
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!
Anxiety Free Dentistry Oct. 21, 2014, 7:05 a.m.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
My Experience: Gum Surgery
I know this doctor: 19 years
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.
About Hygienist: Janis is very knowledgeable and thorough in teeth cleaning. I would rate her #10.
I know this doctor: 7 months
About Front Desk: Great
About Hygienist: Great
I know this doctor: Over 10 years
About Front Desk: simply the best!
About Front Desk: Great staff and always accommodating and friendly.
About Hygienist: Excellent 5 Stars
My Experience: Crown
Duration: 1 hour
I know this doctor: 25 years
About Front Desk: Really, really nice and helpful.
About Hygienist: Great job. No pain for thorough cleaning..
My Experience: Root Canal
Duration: Abut an hour
I know this doctor: Almost 11 years
About Front Desk: First rate staff both at the desk, and in the exam rooms.
I know this doctor: 2 days
Consultation with a physician or dentist other than the one who gathered the initial patient data (X-rays, etc.), in order to obtain an expert opinion about the patient's oral health status.