Aris Corkos, DDS

Dr. Aris Corkos has been providing general dental care for families in the South Bay for 37 years. He grew up in Torrance and attended Torrance High, El Camino College, UC Irvine and the UCLA School of Dentistry. His practice offers a full range of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, implant surgeries and restoration, root canal treatment and teeth cleanings.

Tell us about your practice.

“My patients have come to expect consistent, high-quality dental care and customer service from my practice. My assistant has been with me 33 years, and one hygienist has been with me 15 years. I’ve been doing this long enough that I have many three-generation families as patients—and a few four-generation families. As patients return for ongoing preventive care, it feels great to see my dental work lasting for decades.”

How did the recent shutdown impact your business?

“I remained open for dental emergencies, but I did cancel routine cleanings and elective procedures for nine weeks starting in mid-March, based on California Dental Association recommendations. After reopening in May, not all patients were ready to come in for their previously scheduled dental cleanings and exams. But we do have a list of hundreds of patients whose appointments were canceled; with a bit of juggling, we are able to keep our schedule full.”

Is there a common concern you hear frequently?

“Many people have a fear of seeing the dentist. Over the years, I think I have been very successful in helping my patients overcome their dental-related fear.”

What are your thoughts on work-life balance?

“I try to keep active. I ride my road bicycle about 500 miles a month. I enjoy swimming; last year I finished the 2-mile pier-to-pier swim from Hermosa Pier to Manhattan Pier. My wife and I met at a triathlon 26 years ago, and we’ve maintained a very active lifestyle over the years.

In addition, I play in a local classic rock/R&B cover band ( Before COVID-19, we were on the regular rotation at The Bull Pen in Redondo Beach. Performances obviously have slowed down recently; I’m hoping things can pick up again in the near future. Also, in my spare time I repair and build guitars and guitar amplifiers ( I have met a lot of musicians from the South Bay doing their repairs, and as a fellow musician I feel as if I am contributing to the local music scene of which I am a part.”