James Mata Periodontics
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James Mata Periodontics
James Mata, DDS
Santa Ana, CA













A list of major dental treatments which I offer my patients:

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Tuesday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





Check out what some of our happy patients are saying about us:

Fran F. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was looking for a good periodontist since I was told by a former dentist that I needed pinhole surgery.   Due to all the good reviews – including the favorable comments from my new dentist – I decided to go to Dr. Mata.  During my first visit I was very impressed with his good chair-side manners as well as his honesty and integrity.  After we discussed my past surgeries for gum recession and my concern with two, chipped upper molars, Dr. Mata did an exam to measure the gum tissue surrounding my teeth.  He explained that the gums were thick enough and not showing any of the root.  The chipped upper teeth were likely due to my grinding my teeth at night.  He recommended that I have my dentist just fill in the chips since pinhole surgery would bring the gum tissue over the teeth too much, and it would look very unnatural.   I was so relieved and at the same time deeply grateful that I had chosen such an incredibly honest and ethical periodontist.   If a friend or colleague ever needs a periodontist, I would highly recommend Dr. Mata.

Elliott Wilson (Source: Google)


Dr. Mata and his staff are wonderful – highly trained, skilled and very friendly. I had gum surgery and bone graphing that saved my molar. It took an hour and a half and was actually fun most of the time – joking around and great conversation. I’m 72 and have never had this much enjoyment during a dental appointment. And there was virtually no pain during the entire experience and as well into the next day when the novocaine had worn off.

Đặng Thanh Hoàng (Source: Facebook)


James is the most gentle, kind and professional dentist in OC. To be honest, Just like most people who are reading reviews nowadays, I wasn’t 100% convinced when I saw a business with a full 5 stars review (It’s hard to believe). ONLY then when you come see James you WILL know that’s he’s the real deal when it comes to Periodontics & Dental Implants. James is an excellent listener, all questions and concerns that I had, He addressed each and everyone of them with all the detail and AGAIN… made sure that they actually made sense to me. I’m sure you could stop yelping RIGHT HERE, NOW if you are looking for a Periodontist because you will be so happy that you HAVE chosen to go to James.

Kinga S. from Laguna Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had two teeth that had to be replaced with implants. I was very nervous about the procedure but everything went wonderful, no pain nor discomfort. The implant procedure was exactly as Dr. Mata discussed with me. He is professional, explains everything thoroughly and makes one feel very comfortable. The work he’s done is excellent as well as the staff that took great care of me during it. I just want to say thank you for making this procedure as easy as possible and certainly will recommend to everyone.

Ivy L. from Santa Ana, CA (Source: Yelp)


Recently went to Dr. Mata for soft and hard tissue crown lengthening in one tooth. I searched Yelp for a periodontist and am so thankful to have found Dr. Mata and his staff. Was afraid that this would be invasive, but realized that I had to get it done. During the initial consultation the doctor informed me of the steps involved in crown lengthening and he asked if I had any concerns. Of course I mentioned that I was afraid of the needle used in numbing the area (haven’t had to have my mouth numbed in a very long time).  Dr. Mata reassured me that it wouldn’t be too bad. On the procedure day, Dr. Mata explained what he was doing throughout the process. I found this to be helpful since I like to know what’s being done to me. I appreciated it when Dr. Mata informed me that the 3rd needle would be the worst of it–he was right, but it wasn’t as bad as I feared. At the end of the procedure, the doctor and his assistant went over the aftercare aspects that I needed to remember. Dr. Mata even called me the next day to see how I was doing. I don’t know about anyone else, but doctors rarely call to follow up on patients themselves. You can tell Dr. Mata cares about his patients in his demeanor and his actions. I had to reschedule my follow up visit a few days before and Susan, the receptionist kindly accommodated me. Overall, I had a wonderful experience. Dr. Mata did a great job—my guns & tooth healed nicely within a few weeks. I highly recommend Dr. Mata–he’s a great periodontist, his staff is nice and the office is clean.

S X. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


We visited Dr. Mata’s office recently because of a toothache which may necessitate an extraction and implant. Dr. Mata is as kind and gentle as other reviewers have stated. We went through a very long list of dentists online before deciding on seeing Dr. Mata! It was a wonderful decision. He did a very thorough exam and you can immediately tell that he is well experienced, has terrific bedside manner and is patient with (ALL of) our questions. He never hesitated to explain anything to us and in great detail at that. If you ever need periodontal services, you can rest assured in his hands. Dr. Mata also only sees one patient at a time so you know he values each and every one of his patients. His staff is just as wonderful. Susan is awesome!!! She’s lovely to talk to and is caring which is exactly what you need when you do need to visit any doctor’s office. Dr. Mata is certainly an excellent periodontist! Would not hesitate to recommend him for your periodontal needs.

Sanaz K. from Garden Grove, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Matta and his team are extremely friendly and professional. I had my first extraction and implant there. I was very nervous and stressed about the procedure, but Dr. Mata and his team made me feel at ease. He has an outstanding chair- side manner. The entire procedure was over before I knew it. I highly recommend Dr. Matta.

Lorena R. from Orange, CA (Source: Yelp)


I first heard of Dr. Mata when I began working as a dental hygienist in the same medical building. I work for Dr. Shireen located on the second level.  I would see many of Dr. Mata’s patients and really came to admire his line of work.  I’ve been suffering with dental pain on tooth #8 for the past 2 years.  I’ve had several surgeries to try and salvage my front tooth but everything had failed.  I had two apicoectomies plus a root canal retreat and the pain lingered.  I had frequent headaches caused by my dental pain. I  decided to take a more drastic measure and have a dental implant placed.  I  was scared, of the possibility, of having receded gums.  I didn’t want my implant to look fake.  I was nervous about the procedure and had my reservations. After consulting with Dr. Shireen we decided Dr. Mata would be the one to perform my implant.  My main concern was making sure my gums would be symmetrical and that I didn’t end up with any embrasures (open gaps) between my teeth. I was confident Dr. Mata would take good care of my gums seeing as he is a periodontist.   The procedure was performed 02/2013 and it was a total success.  My gums did not recede and I did not end up with large gaps between my teeth.  The implant is strong and firm.  I don’t even think about my tooth anymore.  The throbbing pain has finally gone away.  I am very happy with Dr. Mata’s work.   I can honestly say I am happy with my smile and no longer feel embarrassed. Thanks again Dr. Mata.
See you around the parking lot.

Neki C. from CO, CO (Source: Yelp)


Dr.  Mata is known as Dr. Gentle by his peers.  I initially went to a different periodontist for an estimate on fixing my receeding gums.  The other periodontist said I needed gum grafting since I didn’t have enough gum for a less invasive new technique called pinhole.  Suspecting bilking, I was referred to Dr. Mata who said  I had plenty of gum for pinhole and said one less gum around a tooth needed to be repaired.  So he is very ethical.  They gave me stuff to relax and distracted me.  I healed quickly with the pinhole technique.  Dr. Mata saw me with the follow-ups.  His hygienist, Gwen, cleaned my teeth seven months later.  She used the latest Ultrasonic scrape technology that Dr. Mata upgraded with.  Between the equipment and my improved gums: No pain.  No flinching.  No sweat.  No more shots.  No water spray in my face.   Have you ever bear-hugged your hygenist after a cleaning?  Now I have!  I recommend Dr. Mata and all his team on all levels!

Daisy B. from Anaheim, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Mata James and his staff are extremely professional and kind. The staff really cares about their patients. Dr. Mata and Iliana made the process of getting a tooth removal really easy for my daughter. I was given cost effective options to chose from and their availability to schedule the appointment was great, I ultimately decided to go with them. My daughter experienced no pain and with the procedure Dr. Mata was extremely friendly. I would recommend Dr. Mata and Iliana along with his Periodontist team to Everyone! They are great!

Maria M. from Long Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


After putting off a gum graft procedure for about 6 years because I dread any dental work, my dentist, , Dr. Mata. Even though he was very personable and answered all of my questions, I still waited 2 more years. The procedure was NOT BAD at all, as his staff had indicated, but I didn’t believe them. I had spoken with numerous people who had this same procedure done by other periodontists and they said it was one of the most painful things they had ever endured. This is NOT the case with Dr. Mata. The procedure was done in less than an hour and I even had two grafts. After getting home, I was in a bit of pain but just gently rinsed and ate pureed foods. Day 2, and every day after that was a breeze! I never had ANY roof of mouth pain (where they take the skin to graft over the gum)! When I went back for my follow-up appointment 2 weeks later, I asked if I had any more grafts to do! I love him! For all of us dental chickens, he is the person to see! Not only does he have an very calm and gentle manner, but he also is very compassionate and explains everything so that you can understand. I wish all professional were as great as he is!

J C. from Huntington Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Like other people I’m a huge yelper and when my Dentist referred to me to see a Periodontist in Huntington Beach. I immediately looked him up, and soon to find out he didn’t have any reviews. So i did my research and found Dr. Mata.. wow all the positive yelp reviews were spot on. Dr. Mata is a must see if you are having any type of gum/teeth issues! He is honest, caring, compassionate and most importantly comforting. I was determined I wanted to get a gum graft on my front teeth because I didn’t like the appearance of them. I went in for a consultation, and he told me I wasn’t qualified, while I was trying to practically convince him to do the surgery for me. He refused to because it was unnecessary to get the surgery done. Which in my eyes make him stand out more because he could have been like an other Dentist and made a profit out of it. But he truly cares for his patients, and would rather focus on his patients needs and efficiency.

Kristin H. from Downey, CA (Source: Yelp)


There is a reason why Dr Mata is so highly rated! Long story short I had severe gum recession behind my lower teeth and saw multiple periodontists who considered it too difficult of site for them to treat but not for Dr Mata. He was honest and straightforward about expectations. I had absolutely no pain during the procedure and he even came in on the weekend to adjust the protective dressing covering the gum graft site. The staff is friendly and very welcoming. I wish I would have found him sooner. It’s so relieving to find a dentist who you know your health and well-being is in good hands.

Din S. from Cypress, CA (Source: Yelp)


I was referred to Dr. Mata by a friend and I am so glad I was.  I had never been to a periodontist before and my experience from start to finish with Dr. Mata was excellent.   I had gum recession and he did a traditional gum graft on me.  I had absolutely no pain during the procedure, or while I was healing. He answered all my questions and made me feel very comfortable.  He is extremely gentle and patient.  I also had a little too much gum showing on two of my front teeth and he cut the gums back a little (I am not sure what he proper name for the procedure is called).  I am extremely happy with the results.  I would highly recommend Dr. Mata to anyone.  I would like to also add that his staff was exceptional as well.

Alyssa K. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve always heard that I had a nice smile, but I never thought much about it, until an accident damaged one of my teeth.  Since our smile impacts how we see ourselves, even a small change can make a big impact. Dr Mata and Iliana were so reassuring and responsive every step of the way. It was a difficult case but their comfort and confidence helped keep me calm. It was a long and humbling process, which I’m happy to say had a happy ending.  Super grateful to have worked with them & definitely recommend to others.

I N. from Orange County, CA (Source: Yelp)


This review is way overdue! If there are 10 stars rating, Dr. James Mata deserves 10 stars. I’ve been going to Dr James Mata many many years! He is a gentle, sweet, and caring person. Dr. Mata takes the time to explain what you need, professional, expert and with integrity. If you are looking for an excellent periodontist/oral surgeon, Dr. Mata is the one. You can rely on him. His staff is professional and courteous. The whole team is just amazing!

Joe M. from Anaheim, CA (Source: Yelp)


I don’t like most dentists due to my experience with unaccountable fraud and dishonesty. I also think our healthcare system including dentistry is scandalous. With that being said, I was very pleased with Dr Mata. He was very pleasant, honest and didn’t try to up sell any treatment. His evaluation of my bone spur gum injury was spot on. It died and broke off allowing my gums to heal perfectly just as he said it would. I appreciated his reassurance and experienced evaluation. Would definitely return for treatment.

Cheryl R. from Laguna Woods, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been a patient for 20 years and have referred others as well. Dr. Mata is exceptional with periodontal problems. After full mouth gum scraping 40 years ago it’s essential that I have excellent oversight each visit. Every procedure he has done has been with utmost care and expertise. Gwen has been my hygienist forever and her teeth cleaning skills and friendly manner always make me feel my teeth and gums are in good hands. Can’t imagine going anywhere else!!

Hoang Dang (Source: Google)


James is the most gentle, kind and professional dentist in OC. To be honest, Just like most people who are reading reviews nowadays, I wasn’t 100% convinced when I saw a business with a full 5 stars review (It’s hard to believe). ONLY then when you come see James you WILL know that’s he’s the real deal when it comes to Periodontics & Dental Implants. James is an excellent listener, all questions and concerns that I had, He addressed each and everyone of them with all the detail and AGAIN… made sure that they actually made sense to me. I’m sure you could stop yelping RIGHT HERE, NOW if you are looking for a Periodontist because you will be so happy that you HAVE chosen to go to James.

Gary C. from Palm Springs, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Mata came recommended for implant anchor work.  From start to (year later) finish, Dr. Mata’s team didn’t seem bothered at all with all the changes I kept making to our scheduled appointments as they empathized with my long drive from Palm Springs and constantly changing work schedule. They even helped me figure out financing with “CareCredit”. And there were no hidden costs or add-ons for what we already agreed on, even when I had to have an anchor re-done. Professional, informative, caring, clean, patient are a few accurate discripters for Dr Mata and his team, but on my last visit (last week) it felt like I was saying good-bye to new friends (and yes the drive from Palm Springs is worth the care I get).  God-forbid I ever need more anchors put in, but I won’t think twice about where to go.

Beth B. from Costa Mesa, CA (Source: Yelp)


I originally found Dr Mata after my previous periodontist had done a gum graft procedure that left me traumatized. The had gum receded again and I was told that it was my fault due to “aggressive brushing habits”. Thankfully I had the sense to go elsewhere and, due to the positive Yelp reviews, I chose Dr Mata. So glad that I did! He reassured me that the failed procedure wasn’t my fault that and he’d fix it and that it’d stay fixed. Once he began the procedure I was bracing myself for the worst but it was over before I knew it! It’s been 2 years and the gum is still perfect. I recently went back to have a broken tooth fully removed and I wasn’t worried about it at all. He had his team did excellent work. Dental surgery doesn’t have to medieval torture. I promise! While dental surgery is hardly fun, Just go to Dr Mata and you’ll feel silly that you even worried about it.

Nuna B. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


For any dental chicken that needs a dental implant pr gum surgery please consider going with Dr. Mata.  He is very honest, kind and  patient. He and his assistant helped keep me calm and made my procedure painless. He’s even great with the injections.  I got this pina colada Numbing stuff on my gums and when my mouth was numb the doctor administered the injection. Let me tell you, never any discomfort or pain. He lets you know what’s going on step by step and checks on your well being while working on your teeth. I was very impressed by my visit The office is super clean, tidy and modern. When it comes to Dentistry I am very picky. If a office is dirty, old looking or has old equipment then I avoid and don’t recommend. But in this case I DO Recommend!!!!! It was peaceful,clean, positive and happy. If I made it sound like a spa it’s cause it was actually the most calming visit I’ve ever had at a dental office. I really felt great and I totally recommend. Please do yourself a favor and get the Royal treatment at Dr Mata’s office.

Thanh Hoang D. from Monterey Park, CA (Source: Yelp)


James is the most gentle, kind and professional dentist in OC. To be honest, Just like most people who are yelping nowadays, I wasn’t 100% convinced when I saw a business with a full 5 stars review (It’s hard to believe). ONLY then when you come see James you WILL know that’s he’s the real deal when it comes to Periodontics & Dental Implants. James is an excellent listener, all questions and concerns that I had, He addressed each and everyone of them with all the detail and AGAIN… made sure that they actually made sense to me. I’m sure you could stop yelping RIGHT HERE, NOW if you are looking for a Periodontist because you will be so happy that you HAVE chosen to go to James.

Giolina A. from Costa Mesa, CA (Source: Yelp)


I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Mata!! He is the best. I was referred to him a few months ago because I was experiencing sensitivity on one of my back teeth from an exposed root. To make a long story short, he did not give up on me. We tried multiple things to make the sensitivity go away and my tooth was being so stubborn! After a couple of procedures did not to the trick, he continued to do more research to find a solution! He would call and check up on me personally after each appointment as well. He is very nice and caring. I’m so happy that he found the solution to my sensitivity. I will definitely go back for any other procedures that need to be done. I know that he will do a good job and not give up on me.

Evelyn M. from Anaheim, CA (Source: Yelp)


I came to Dr. Mata because I had a very gummy smile and wanted to expose more teeth. Dr. Mata was super gentle throughout the entire surgery and talked me thru it. He had the most gentle hands and even let me see what he was doing throughout the surgery. Even though I was awake during it, he made me feel so comfortable and he’s incredibly nice. Absolutely LOVE my smile now!

Gary S. from Laguna Niguel, CA (Source: Yelp)


I suffered from severe mouth pain for over 4 years.  I had been to more Doctors and had more tests than I can count.  No Doctor or Dentist was able to determine the problem or provide any relief. Dr. Mata found the problem in 10 minutes.  He performed a 30 minute painless  procedure and…..IT’S FIXED.  If there was a 10 star rating on Yelp it would not be enough. Thank you Dr. Mata and staff.  You guys are the BEST.

SANDY W. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Mata is a man with a lot of integrity, compassion and wonderful talent in his field of work.  I have been a patient of Dr. Mata for seventeen years and have never received such excellent care by any other Periodontist like I have with him.  He takes his time to know you as an individual and pays close attention to your issues and does his utmost best to fight for your periodontal health.  All my life I had an aversion towards dentists but going to his office puts my mind at rest knowing he is gentle and excellent at what he does.   With regard to his chair-side manners it is outstanding and he does his very best to minimize your pain which requires great skill and patience.  I have always left his office feeling well taken care of and confident that whatever treatment he suggested was actually needed for the health benefits of my current periodontal disease.   Going to his office is always ok in my mind because I know I am in the best of hands not only with him but his staff also who are all wonderful and caring individuals.  It is important for me to share with everyone that I have never bothered to write-up a Yelp review and yet I took the time to write about Dr. Mata and his staff.  I felt compelled to do so because I do not want other people to have bad experiences unnecessarily when you can have the best!

Suzan W. from Costa Mesa, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Mata and his staff are very professional, kind, and AMAZING!! I have never liked going to the dentist, but they made my procedure  comfortable, and took their time to make sure I was okay throughout. Marsha and Joann  have smiles to greet you when you walk in for your appointment, Ilionna is very personable and reassuring, and Dr. Mata is so thorough and professional.  THANK-YOU so much Dr. Mata (and your wonderful staff) for taking such good care of your patients! This has by far been my best experience for dental work, and I highly recommend Dr. Mata. It’s refreshing to see such high caliber people as he and his staff!!

D D. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


DDS James Mata is professional, wonderful, honest, great, caring, efficient…and much more! The staff is equally professional, wonderful, caring,informative again and much more. They all took the time to explain all the proceedures and plans. They were great from the beginning to the finish. Before and after surgery they followed up and were very concerned of my well being and comfort. My recovery was quick. I had a great experience (low pain level) with this doctor and staff as well. I would highly recommend them.

Alexandra M. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Mata has now done 3 separate implants for me and treated my extensive periodontal disease for over 6 years.  He is incredible. The first periodontist I visited told me I needed all four quadrants done and 8 implants.The second periodontist i went to placed instruments all over my chest as he worked.  Finally, I found Dr. Mata.  He was able to get my teeth healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Mata saved all the teeth and the only reason that I got the implants was for aesthetics because my teeth had shifted drastically due to the periodontal disease.  I have greatly appreciated his professionalism, responsiveness to my requests and attention to detail.  He is so relaxing that I have often almost napped while he is working on my teeth. In addition,  his staff is incredible.  Marsha, Joan and Gwen are wonderful people. i continue to have my routine cleanings from Gwen instead of a general dentist because she is so good at what she does. They have been able to work with my schedule and my budget to help me get the smile that I wanted.   His staff is both professional and personable! I highly recommend Dr. Mata and his office for your implant and periodontal needs.

Jill A. from Santa Ana, CA (Source: Yelp)


I saw Dr. Mata for a gum graft and was literally terrified about going because I had been told by at least 5 people that gums grafts were extremely painful and I bought it hook, line, and sinker. His office staff is efficient and charming and started putting me at ease immediately. Once in the chair and throughout the exam, Dr. Mata explained what needed to be done and the healing process. I returned in a week and had the procedure done. Not only was it not painful, I actually had less discomfort from the graft and suturing than I had two weeks prior with a pulled molar. It was all accomplished under an hour, I went home expecting who knows what when the anesthesia wore off, had my supply of Ensure and applesauce ready for the sore mouth – and… nothing extremely sore at all. I was paranoid about hitting the new graft, but you leave the office with a little dental putty patch over it that gives it time to start growing in. If you are looking for a super nice, personable periodontist and supporting staff, definitely give them a call. I don’t think you will be unhappy.

Patriots F. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


My fiancè needed work done, and I am so thankful I was able to choose the perfect doctor for him.  Dr. Mata and his staff are such wonderful people. I recommend him, because of his thorough work, they’re honesty and integrity that they all do have. Dr. Mata is one of the best doctors I have ever met. He doesn’t do any work, he does it right and makes sure his patients are happy when they leave. Not all dentists are like him. He’s truly a one of a kind doctor I will never forget.  My fiancè is a patient for life.

Ky V. from Walnut, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had a difficult tooth extraction and implant which completed painlessly and quickly.  The staff at Dr. Mata’s office is extremely friendly and professional.  It was my first implant and the first extraction I had in a while, so i didn’t know what to expect.  But Dr. Mata and his staff made me feel right at ease.  The entire procedure itself was no worse than the full month xrays that were required for the insurance approval.  Would definitely go back to him again if needed and highly recommend him!

Ella A. from Irvine, CA (Source: Yelp)


Wish I could give 10 stars!  My son needed surgery and I was referred to Dr. Mata by our primary dentist.   My son had his surgery and everything went well as Dr. Mata promised!  Dr. Mata is a great surgeon & extremely gentle which helps w/ kids surgery.  The recovery was even easier and faster than we expected.  Thank you Dr. Mata and the wonderful office staff and assistant.  You made this a very easy experience for both me and my son.

Kelley O. from Trabuco Canyon, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve become a patient of Dr Mata’s in the last year. I must admit, I was less than excited to need to see a periodontist, and I was the definition of the reluctant patient. To my great surprise, it has turned out be a very positive experience, in so many ways. His staff is exceptional, in every way. They are warm, professional and they really make the whole experience very comfortable.  The state of the art 3d technology used was nothing short of stunning.  I could see every issue in full 3-d, which gave me a great understanding of Dr Mata’s treatment plan.  And while implants are not an inexpensive procedure, his pricing is fair and workable, which was an important factor for me.   Susan, who helped me work out a manageable plan, is simply amazing. Then there’s Dr Mata.  He listens. He explains well and advises. He really put me at ease through the entire process. He’s not quick to grab your teeth out of your mouth and drill in an implant.  He has a plan and you’re part of it, not at the mercy of it. I’m someone who believes in the importance of being advised and partnered in my healing, not directed or worse, sold. Dr Mata has impressed me throughout this process as an authentic, caring, responsible periodontist who has most certainly inspired my confidence. I felt it important to pass on my experience to anyone who might feel resistant or nervous about periodontic work. Dr Mata is the real deal.