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Welcome To Our Practice


Search no further, you have found a new dental home with Cardinal Dental!

We focus on a preventative approach to dental care and a conservative treatment philosophy.

Your comfort is important to us so we offer a clean, calm and relaxed environment to help ease dental office anxiety. We also offer Nitrous (laughing gas) and a wide variety of anesthetic options to make sure you are comfortable during your treatment.

Our patients and their needs are our first priority. We want our patients to feel comfortable and confident in the dental services they receive by Cardinal Dental. Our goal is to create a positive, lasting impression with people that will keep them coming back for a lifetime of care and make them excited to recommend Cardinal Dental to friends and family members. We strive to create a positive reputation in the communities we serve.

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Meet Our Doctor



Dr. Paul Michels currently heads the Cardinal Dental office on Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa. Dr. Michels is a 2009 honors graduate of the University Of Southern California Of Dentistry and specializes in cosmetic and implant dentistry. Dr. Michels is licensed to perform conscious oral sedation for patients who suffer from dental anxiety so you can have all your dental problems addressed at one time in a calm, relaxing environment. Dr. Michels completed his ‘Master of Oral Implantology’ specialty from the prestigious California Implant Institute in San Diego, CA

Dr. Michels has an extraordinary passion for dentistry and works hard to educate his patients regarding their oral so health so they can make their own educated decisions. His approach to your treatment starts with patiently listening to you. Then, after a complete and thorough examination, a personalized treatment plan is prepared.

We also have an in house Endodontist & Oral Surgeon!

Our Services


General Dentistry & Hygiene

  • Dental Cleanings & Exams
  • White Fillings
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Dental Sealants
  • Scaling & Root Planing
  • Laser Gum Therapy
  • Full & Partial Dentures
  • Snap On/Overdentures
  • Night & Mouth Guards

Cosmetic Dentistry

  • Dental Implants
  • Veneers
  • Clear Orthodontics
  • Teeth Whitening
  • All-On-4 Implants

Dental Implant Services

  • Dental Implants
  • Snap On/Overdentures
  • All-On-4 Implants


Insurance has two major benefits for the patient: a discounted price on services (resulting in a lower out of pocket), as well as offering to cover a portion of the cost of services rendered. When we are in-network with your insurance provider, you are able to utilize the maximum benefits. We accept over 20 insurances.


Care Credit, Wells Fargo, & Lending Club offer different options to help make payments for your treatment. As a courtesy, we will help walk you through the application process and explain your options in detail. You can click on the links above to be taken to their websites.



John S

Friendly and professional personnel. Clean and modern office. Prices seem reasonable.

Emma E

Friendly staff and quick processing

Donna H

Always a warm welcome & never a long wait. New team transitioned right in smoothly. Great job in all ways! Extremely helpful to make sure all work done is perfect, even the return visit checked for any necessary adjustments & did them on the spot in minutes. And.....Thankful for Irene!! The solid base that ensures accuracy in insurance cost billing. Love my dentist family!!

John M

The receptionist all the way to the Dentist are very professional and friendly.

John S

Friendly and professional personnel. Clean and modern office. Prices seem reasonable.

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