About Dr. Rodriguez
MariaElena “Malena” Rodriguez, DDS, has been practicing Maxillofacial Prosthodontics in Torrance for nearly 20 years. She specializes in restoring or replacing damaged teeth, including dental implants. Dr. Rodriguez is also experienced in maxillofacial prosthodontics, the evaluation and treatment of patients with acquired or congenital defects of the head and neck due to cancer, trauma, surgery, and oral birth defects.
Dr. Rodriguez earned her Bachelor of Arts from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, before earning her Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Committed to continuing education, Dr. Rodriguez earned additional certificates including implant dentistry, graduate prosthodontics, and maxillofacial prosthodontics and geriatric dentistry.
Following her graduation from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 2000, she continued her training and specialized in Prosthodontics, Maxillofacial Prosthodontics and Geriatric Dentistry, all at UCLA.
In 2014, after being in private practice for many years, she again expanded her specialization by completing the internationally respected Implant Dentistry fellowship at Loma Linda University – one of only two centers in the world that offer such in-depth dental implant training. This combined training and practical experience has made Dr. Rodriguez a highly skilled prosthodontist and dental implant surgeon.
Deeply committed to education, Dr. Rodriguez spent 8 years on faculty at the UCLA School of Dentistry; continues to mentor students and young dentists, and frequently attends advanced dentistry courses all over the world. In addition, she is a member of the P.E.O. sisterhood, a U.S. based international women’s organization whose primary focus is providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide.
In addition to helping patients transform their smile with healthy teeth at South Bay Prosthodontics, Dr. Rodriguez is also the director at Permadent® Dental Implants Center in Torrance.