Dr. James W. Mellert is a South Bay native and USC dental graduate. In Torrance since 1982, his practice places special emphasis on aesthetic, periodontal and implant dentistry. Dr. Mellert’s state-of-the-art new office features 3-D Galileo imaging for dental implant diagnosis and the newest generation of digital radiography.

Why did you choose to go into dentistry?

“My grandfather, Roy Mellert, DDS, and father, William Mellert, DDS, modeled a passion, commitment and caring for their patients throughout their long and successful careers. These traits are contagious, and I caught them at an early age.”

What are some of the latest advances in dentistry you’ve brought into your practice?

“I’ve been doing connective tissue root coverage grafting for over 30 years. I’ve recently added the Chao Pinhole gum grafting technique with amazing results. This grafting procedure provides less discomfort and downtime.”

Tell us something unique about your office.

“It’s our honor to treat fearful patients and help them conquer their fears. It’s a big step for a patient to come into our office and to trust my team and me. I listen nonjudgmentally, and when the patient is comfortable, I begin treatment easily and slowly—at the patient’s pace. I want them to feel in control at all times. As patients gain confidence, their fear diminishes. Often these patients who were once fearful of the dentist have ended up referring us to many of their family and friends.”

What is one of the best decisions you’ve ever made?

“I chose Dr. Steven Brown to join my office over 20 years ago. He does a fantastic job with cosmetic fillings and bonding, resulting in a beautiful smile. He also uses oral appliances to treat mild apnea (snoring) and CPAP intolerance.”

What do you do for your own health?

“I play tennis for an hour every morning, try to eat well, and brush three times a day and floss. I enjoy keeping up-to-date with all aspects of health-related topics. I truly enjoy dentistry and believe I am blessed to have found a profession I love.”

What do your patients like best about your office?

“They appreciate my staff—many of them have been with me for 15+ years. Patients appreciate the deep care we show each of them individually.”

Please see our article in the December 2015 Health 11 Our South Bay magazine.

Credentials and Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • University of Southern California, DDS
  • Western Los Angeles County Dental Society
  • California State Dental Association
  • Fellow, Pierre Fauchard Academy
  • Diplomat, American Society of Osseointegration
  • Master of Academy of General Dentistry