About us

Find out more about who we are, what we do and how we got here.


Lakewood Cerritos Dental Centers was founded in 1967 by Abelardo Lopez, D.D.S.  The dental office was originally located at South Street and Bellflower Boulevard, Lakewood, California.  It was not called Lakewood Cerritos Dental Centers then, and after four years we moved to a location inside the Cerritos Mall, in space number 395, and gave it the name ‘Cerritos Dental Center’.  This office had 2 doctors, 6 chairs, and 4 employees.

As the practice grew, expansion was necessary and we moved across 183rd Street to our present Cerritos location in 1980.  This new office was very large, but was perfectly suited to our growing business needs.  New doctors were hired and more services were offered to dental patients, like orthodontics (braces).  This location currently has 25 chairs and 30 employees.

A second office building was constructed in Lakewood to further expand the practice.  This two-story office building was completed in 1991.  It has 30 operatories, and a staff of 30 people.  Here we offer general and cosmetic dentistry as well as additional dental specialties like endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery. Our Lakewood office is centrally-located to serve the needs of our community.


It is the goal of Lakewood Cerritos Dental Centers to provide the best quality of dental care and service to our patients that we can.  By offering a choice of two locations, we can better serve our community.  We offer new patients the choice of over a dozen dentists, plus specialists in endodontics, orthodontics, periodontics and oral surgery.

We are a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and can honor nearly all forms of dental insurance, including most California Dental Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans.  We can even handle dual insurance coverage situations.

For a more detailed list of our services visit the Services Page on this website.


Many of our doctors have degrees from prestigious universities such as UCLA and U.S.C., and have a vast amount of combined experience. For a list of doctors visit the Doctors page on this website.

The assistants, hygienists, and technicians are all very capable and highly trained people, and are naturally courteous and thoughtful to our patients.

We have dental Treatment Counselors whom, after initial patient examinations, can go over these examinations as a “Treatment Plan” with the patient, explaining each doctor-recommended dental treatment and procedure at a time to better explain the myriad of fees and co-payments involved with insured patients.

Abelardo Lopez, D.D.S, 1970

Lakewood Office

5819 Adenmoor Ave., Lakewood Ca 90713