South County Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
Nicholas Caplanis, DMD, MS:
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South County Periodontics & Implant Dentistry
Nicholas Caplanis, DDS, MS (Periodontist)
Mission Viejo, CA













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

Dental cleaning

Periodontal services

Dental implants

Tooth extractiuons

Holistic dentistry

Sedation dentistry


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? No


Monday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Ruggero S. from Orange County, CA (Source: Yelp)


My wife was referred to Dr. Caplanis by our family dentist Dr. Takai, before he retired.  Her treatment plan called for a new implant to support a partial, by using a snap.  Yes, we were very, very, concerned about this procedure.  I showed my wife the long list of impressive credentials that Dr. Caplanis had and then scheduled a consultation.  We found Dr. Caplanis to be a very confident, proud, and warm-hearted person, that melted away our remaining fears.  The entire procedure went exactly as planned, and was painless (…).

Juan Maldonado (Source: Google)


Started my implant procedure today and was extremely satisfied with my results.Dr Caplanis and his assistant Adela were very professional in a away that they handled themselves and how they got everything completed without any pain at all.for me. Kudos to Mary Ann, Leyah and Debbie in the front office who made me feel welcomed and happy when I left… Another satisfied patient!

Kimi Blanchard (Source: Facebook)


I have been a patient of Dr. Caplanis at SCP&ID, since 1999. It was a very complicated case where my orthodontist sent me to him. Dr. Caplanis analyzed my situation and developed a plan in the course of 2 weeks. He saved my teeth and corrected many issues. The staff are like family. Very personable, professional, and sincere. They truly care about the patients. This office is my favorite appointment I look forward to twice a year! God bless you all for all you do!

ML. E. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


My family physician referred me to Dr. Caplanis.  If you want “the” Very Best, Dr. Caplanis “is” the Very Best.  He performed 5 implants two months ago today and I am happy with the results.  I can eat “almost” everything, but that too will change in the next few months (when I will be able to eat everything).  Read about him!  His credentials are “so” impressive.  He and his staff (Debbie, Jessica, Eric and the rest of the staff) are so caring and pleasant.  I feel very comfortable in his office and would highly recommend him for your needs.  I’m so glad I did!  If I could give him 5 more stars, I would.  Thank You Dr. Caplanis!

Deth T. from Carson, CA (Source: Yelp)


I highly recommend DR NICHOLAS if you have a gum receding problem. 2 months ago he performed gum graft for me, the result was so impressive and the pain wasn’t bad at all. I didn’t have any problem during healing process and the pain wasn’t really bad. I like that you can call and ask them anytime if you have questions. The staff are very friendly and professional. Excellent accommodations.

Kaiulani Z. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Caplanis’s work was the most excellent of any physician I have ever encountered. His expertise and natural ability was beyond measure. Dr. Caplanis always seeks perfection when doing an implant. His staff is friendly and very helpful. They took care of billing my insurance and walking me through the procedure and helping me feel at ease.  It’s impossible to find a better implant doctor that will do a more impeccable job than Dr. Caplanis.  My implant turned out beautifully and it a much simpler process than I ever imagined. He came highly recommended to me by my own dentist. I highly recommend him as well. You will love his work.

Patrick C. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Conscientious, compassionate, accurate, meticulous, practical, frugal, excellent manor – These are just a few of the adjectives to describe Dr. Caplanis work on my mouth. He did all things in my mouth in a professional way. Thank you.

Liane Champagne (Source: Google)


(…) Misaligned teeth and chronic clenching caused my gum recession and ultimately multiple broken teeth. Dr. Caplanis did a brilliant job with a rear molar implant about 7 years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t correct the underlying problem until 2 years ago. Even with all that abuse the original tissue graft was structurally sound. I recently elected to addresses my self-inflicted aesthetic gum recession with another full graft. Although I’ve since moved to Los Angeles, there was no question about driving 60 miles each way to see Dr. Caplanis despite having access to great periodontists close to home. I couldn’t be happier with my decision and Dr. Caplanis’s work. I’ve had great results again and not even a pizza burn this time. Honestly, it didn’t even feel like I had surgery.

If you’re like me, you rely on reviews of others to make decisions about who to see. I’m posting this review because he is a great doctor, I truly consider myself lucky to be his patient, and think others will benefit from his excellent work.

George C. from Lake Forest, CA (Source: Yelp)


I’ve struggled with severe gum recession, starting as a teenager, and the constant concern that I might lose my teeth.  At the recommendation of my regular dentist I saw Dr. Caplanis.  He performed a detailed inspection of my mouth and recommended corrective surgery to build up the recessed areas.  After a short recovery, much better!

Cari C. from Highland, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Caplanis is kind, thoughtful, wonderful and consistent in providing quality care. The staff in Redlands and Orange County are all kind and professional. Thank you Dr. Caplanis and staff!

Nikki H. from Scottsdale, AZ (Source: Yelp)


(…) I was referred to Dr. Caplanis by a previous dentist that I really loved when I lived in California and was immediately put at ease, he reassured me that I had nothing to worry about and that he would take care of everything! Having to travel back and forth from AZ to CA was tricky but Dr. Caplanis and his team were accommodating and they helped make sure the procedure went smoothly. The results are impeccable and I am so grateful to have gone through the implant procedure on my front with Dr. Caplanis, he is wonderful!

Ted Q. from San Clemente, CA (Source: Yelp)


(…) I had surgery performed on my teeth by Dr. Caplanis and Jessica and it was truly clear to me that these are two incredible professionals — first class service and support with a phone call to my home that night to check on me. I provide my highest recommendation for this Dr. and staff for anyone who needs this!

Sandra Smith (Source: Google)


I looked around for a long time to find a great periodontist. Dr. Caplanis is the best all-around, and his staff is detailed, efficient, caring and friendly and made my rather extensive surgery a good experience. I have visited other periodontists and nothing even comes close to Dr. Caplanis. The communication coupled with the best skills from this doctor makes this a five-star practice.

Elle du Bois (Source: Google)


(…) I have had previous dental implants (put in by another surgeon) removed, bone grafts, gum grafts, and new dental implants put in by Dr. Caplanis. It was a long process, and I only found myself grateful, the entire time, that I was working with such an expert surgeon. He is so good at what he does that I would be surprised if he did not have a waiting list, or even might have to turn clients away? I always joke with him that he should interview clients to see if HE wants to work with THEM, because he is that good! Anyone who finds him and is able to work with him is quite privileged, as I consider myself (…).

Sogol S. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


(…) Did an implant surgery and gum graft at the same time – I was terrified but during the surgery he made me feel calm and talked me the procedure.  I went home with almost no pain and minimal swelling and was able to go to work the next day.  Two weeks later the assistant Jessica removed my stitches and walked me through the next step. I asked a question and she answered but also got Dr. C to come in and check and answer my question again to confirm.  I highly recommend him and his office staff.

Summer S. from Newport Beach, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have been going to Dr. Caplantis for nearly 10 years. He and his staff are great! I couldn’t ask for a more professional caring experience. Highly recommended!

Greg V. from Carlsbad, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Caplanis and his staff are absolutely amazing!
I recently had a tooth implant done by Dr. Caplanis and I am beyond impressed by the great work and service that he and his staff provided for me. I was fearful of what a tooth implant procedure would entail, but Dr. Caplanis walked me through the entire process. Dr. Caplanis and his staff provided me with top-notch care and genuinely cared about me as a patient. I was thoroughly impressed with the outcome and should I ever need any kind of oral surgery again I will only go to Dr. Caplanis and his team, the best service around!

Mary H. from Mission Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


My husband had to have major dental surgery, and he was referred to Dr. Caplanis.  I was very impressed with the caring and gentle nature of the entire staff.  They took great care of him, and Dr. Caplanis even joked a bit with me, which I appreciated as it helped ease the worry!  His staff was careful to make sure we understood all the post-surgery instructions, and didn’t mind going over a few things again with us.   They also called later at home to check on him.   Great doctor and I would recommend him to others.

Ronnie M. Friedman (Source: Facebook)


I started working with Dr. Caplanis and his staff in 2006, and here we are 13 years later. Full Mouth implants, still in perfect shape. I have been so pleased with the treatment, the results and the beautiful smile that they gave me. No hesitation in referring anyone to this wonderful group of professionals.

Sonja R. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


I saw Dr Caplanis to get titanium posts for implants. I was in a near-fatal accident at lost many of my front teeth. Dr Caplanis was nothing but professional, kind, warm and caring. I felt at ease in the office and the surgery went so smooth. I am grateful for Dr Caplanis and his kind staff!! Debbie always greets us when we come in and you really feel at ease. I’m so excited to be on my way to permanent teeth again! I have gone through so much pain, surgeries and hardships after my accident that it was just nice being in a place that felt like a breeze. Thank you Dr Caplanis and staff for really caring about your patients!

Janet R. from Orange County, CA (Source: Yelp)


(…) Dr Caplanis is simply The Best of The Best! (And that’s an understatement). Dr. Caplanis is very genuine and takes his time with his patients to provide the highest level of care.  His committed staff is very professional, knowledgeable and caring! I would definitely recommend Dr. Caplanis as I trust him with my whole family and friends!

Sharon Deleon (Source: Google)


I was recommended to Dr. Caplanis by my dentist when I needed gum surgery to help curb gum disease. The entire staff was excellent in my treatment and care and I continue cleanings there to keep gum disease at bay. I would highly recommend this office to anyone needing periodontal care.

Gretchen P. from Arcadia, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr Caplanis is the best! I needed an implant 4 years ago to fill the space for a baby molar that didn’t have a permanent tooth (…). I went for a consultation and felt at ease immediately. Dr, Caplanis is one of the best in implant dentistry and from what I understand, highly sought after for his knowledge. The procedure was very quick and better than getting a cavity filled or having a root canal! I was able to work from home again that same day, and my recovery was quick. The office gives you EVERYTHING you need – prescriptions, post-op instructions, etc – before your procedure and follows up with you the same day to make sure you’re ok. Dr. Caplanis guarantees all his work, as long as you come to all follow-up visits before you receive your crown and annually thereafter (…).

Susie Q. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Caplanis is kind, skilled, and thorough. He did a surgery for me and it was well done and helpful. Maria is the dental hygienist and she is simply the BEST! She is gentle, very thorough, quick and very sweet. No one compares! Go to this office and you will be very satisfied! (…)

David Harrell (Source: Google)


(…) From the service level to the procedure I have never had a better dental experience! I had an implant attached to my jaw and NEVER felt discomfort above a level 1!! Besides the excellent treatment, the office staff are friendly and beyond accommodating. If you need an implant, get it done HERE.

Sara H. from Aliso Viejo, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Caplanis was very outgoing, kind, and professional while my daughter was having a frenectomy surgery preformed. He answered all of our questions and was very thorough. The other staff members were also very kind and always asked how our day had been. We definitely recommend him to you no matter what your needs are and will see him for our other oral surgery needs. My daughter’s surgery turned out to go very smoothly and was performed with great precision, and is now healing very nicely. The office also has a very nice environment and we will definitely be back!!

Marguerite F. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Source: Yelp)


1 year ago I was told I needed an Implant due to an infection. I’ve already invested a small fortune in my teeth so needless to say I was devastated. My dentist referred me to Dr Caplanis and told me he was the best in OC. My case was complicated and I needed a bone graft. From my very first appointment I felt I was in good hands. Dr Caplanis was wonderful and compassionate. I felt secure in him going through this process. Everyone there was great, the office was immaculate. If I could give 10 stars I would. If you need an implant see Dr Caplanis, you won’t regret it!

Silvia V. from San Clemente, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had a gingivectomy done with Dr.Caplanis and I can only say wonderful things about him. I researched and consulted with different doctors before choosing Dr. Caplanis. On the first visit I felt confident that he was a good, honest, and professional doctor. He did an excellent job cutting my gums. He is a perfectionist doing his job and he truly looks after the well being of his patients, which I have to say, it is not common on many doctors these days. Thumbs up for Dr. Caplanis. I really appreciate your professional work and your ethic.

Julie Alexander (Source: Google)


Dr. Caplanis and his entire team are comforting, knowledgeable, and incredible at their work. Unfortunately, my general dentist missed following up on a tooth that had internal resorption. The tooth needed to be extracted and my choices were to have a hole in my smile or an implant.
After many interviews with different periodontists, I found Dr. Caplanis. He listened to my story, explained how he could help and gave multiple suggestions of different techniques that could be done. He answered all of my questions in detail. He was never rushed and took time with me to make sure I understood what was going to happen.
In the end, I have a beautiful smile again with an implant. I am incredibly thankful for Dr. Caplanis and his expertise.

Bryan-Julie Shiposh (Source: Google)


(…) I had free gingival gum grafting which I read can be a very painful procedure since the tissue is taken from the surface of the Roof of the mouth. They gave me excellent stent and I had no pain on the Roof of my mouth during the recovery. I was very surprised it was so easy. The final result of my gums looks great. I highly recommend going to Dr.Caplanis.
If you found Dr. Caplanis, be thankful, you are in good hands.

Wendy K. from Vista, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had 6 dental implants put in last year and I can tell you that Dr. Caplanis is the very best around!!  He has excellent bedside manners and makes you feel absolutely comfortable every step of the way.  The other staff members are personable and it feels like your family.  I would without a doubt recommend Dr. Caplanis no matter what your needs may be.  My sister is also a patient of Dr. Caplanis and she was the one who told me that he was best around. I live in North County so it wasn’t the most convenient for me to travel to Orange County for each visit but the excellent treatment is worth every mile I have driven.


Providing excellent care, quality service, and high value is very important to us at South County Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, a leading dental implant surgery center. Our doctors are Board Certified Specialists and Clinical Professors within schools of dentistry, including Loma Linda University and USC. We are one of the few dental implant specialists of Orange County with two diplomates of the American Board of Periodontology. Our friendly and professional staff will give you expert care while making you feel right at home.