La Mesa Cosmetic Dentist: Ask about our $225 off New Patient Special!   Please call (619)465-5252

Creating Beautiful Smiles to Last a Lifetime!         


Why come to see Dr. Hagstrom? Do I really need my smile to last a lifetime? Why not go somewhere else?

1. Dr. Hagstrom has over 26 years of experience not just restoring teeth, but the experience of knowing what is right for each patient.

2. Graduating Top of his Class at U.S.C. Dental School has afforded him the luxury of being taught by the best in his field and also being a lifetime student has kept up to date with the techniques that work and last.

3. Our teeth must last us the rest of our lives.  Not many have this perspective; however it is true.  So you must choose wisely who you trust to restore and maintain your teeth and help you decide what is best for your unique situation.

4. Dr. Hagstrom and his Team at A Shop For Smiles understand that they are in the business of Communication.  We must take the time to get to know our patients and effectively communicate to them in a manner they can readily understand, the problems, consequences and simple solutions necessary for them to maintain their teeth for the rest of their lives.

This may seem simple to you; however we are now exposed to an unbelievable amount of factors that affect the health of our teeth in this day and age.  Cavities are occurring in a much different way because of the way we are exposed to different sugars and carbohydrates.  The bacteria in our bodies adversely affect our oral health.  The bacteria in our mouth now is linked to Heart disease, Kidney problems, Stroke, diabetes and low birth weight in children, top just name a few.  85% of us clench or grind our teeth subconsciously, leading to wear through the enamel, as well as, headaches, muscle pain and jaw problems.  This is the time when you need someone who not only knows what he is doing, but takes the time to understand your individual situation, so he can care and treat your individual situation on a case by case basis.  You now cannot afford to go to just any dentist.  You must choose wisely someone who cares about you.


We also offer some unique services usually not offered at just one dental office:

1.     We offer Sedation Dentistry.

2.     We do Same Day Crowns.

3.     We place and restore Implants.

4.     We use Oral DNA testing and Laser to accurately diagnose and treat Gum Disease.

5.     We do Custom Lifelike Dentures & Partials.

6.     We treat TMD and Sleep Apnea.

7.     We straighten teeth with Invisalign.

8.     We remove Wisdom Teeth.

9.     We whiten teeth with Zoom Power Plus.

10.     We do root canals “in house.”



New Patient Special $225 off!!



 located in La Mesa and near Central San Diego, Dr. Richard Hagstrom of A Shop for Smiles offers a variety of family, cosmetic and sedation dentistry procedures. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Hagstrom offers a wide range of services, such as fillings, fixed bridges, Zoom teeth whitening, dental implants, CEREC same day crowns, and sedation dentistry in San Diego and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Hagstrom understands that people can be nervous about visiting their dentist. He has created a trusting and respectful atmosphere within his La Mesa dentist office so that uneasy patients can feel comfortable when learning about and undergoing procedures. He has also undergone several years of training and continued education to keep abreast of trends in sedation dentistry, while also providing the best service to his patients.

Dr. Hagstrom is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, Crown Council, American Dental Association, San Diego County Dental Society, and California Dental Association.

Whether you are searching for a family dentist, teeth whitening, same day crowns, or someone who specializes in sedation dentistry in San Diego and surrounding areas, we are eager to hear from you!

When you visit our La Mesa, CA dental office, your smile is our top priority.  Dr. Richard Hagstrom and his entire team is dedicated to providing you with the personalized, gentle care that you deserve.

 Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing information that helps them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs.  This website is a resource we hope you’ll find both useful and interesting.

Along with all the general dental services that you and your entire family require, Dr. Hagstrom also offers Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry and the most popular cosmetic procedures that you have been searching for such as Invisalign, porcelain veneers, tooth whitening and full smile makeovers. All types of dental treatments are performed in our La Mesa dental office personally by Dr. Hagstrom.



Our Mission is to provide a happy, client focused, progressive Dental Office, in an atmosphere of respect and trust involving superior communication skills, creating quality, comprehensive Dental care in a fun, healthy and harmonious environment. We have, not only, a warm and welcoming office, but our Team provides heart felt service for all of our clients. We will do everything possible to make your visits comfortable for you and will strive to complete your treatments efficiently and as quickly as possible. We look forward to welcoming you into our Dental family.

Contact Us Today!

We genuinely hope this site is helpful to you in learning more about our La Mesa dental practice, dental conditions and treatments, dental recommendations, and more.

Richard J Hagstrom, DDS
8923 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: (619) 465-5252


La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, Lakeside, Descanso, Alpine, Rancho San Diego, Jamul, Dulzura, College, Mission Gorge, Del Cerro, Casa del Oro, Paradise Hills & greater San Diego area!!


Dr Richard Hagstrom has been a dentist in La Mesa, California for over 25 years. He has been a dentist in San Diego since graduating number 1 in his class from USC Dental School in 1987. His original dental office in El Cajon was established in 1987. Dr Hagstrom has been providing his fearful patients with Sleep Dentistry for over 11 years and holds one of the first Oral Conscious Sedation Permits issued in the State of California. Dr Hagstrom routinely does Extreme Smile Make Overs to help “create beautiful smiles to last a lifetime.” Part of the process for an Extreme Smile Makeover is the, in office, Zoom Whitening procedure. Dr Hagstrom uses the new Zoom 2.5 light that is now available from Discus Dental. With the recent addition of Digital X-rays Dr Hagstrom uses Digital photos as well as Digital Imaging software to diagnose and help create that beautiful smile you’ve been wanting! His office is Kid friendly. Having children of his own makes him a natural to treat your children. He also does a lot for the community and especially for his Kid friendly charity, the Smiles for Life Foundation which has raised over $30 million over the last 15 years. 100% of the donations go directly to help unfortunate children who need dental and medical treatment and cannot afford this care. He supports the San Diego State University Aztecs Basketball, Baseball and Football Teams as well as whitens the teeth of the SDSU Aztec Cheerleaders and Dance Team. He also Whitens the teeth of the Charger Girls. He has done Oral Cancer Screenings for the San Diego Padres for many years at Spring Training, while pioneering the new Visilite oral cancer screening system.   Richard Hagstrom, DDS has been a helpful member of the La Mesa Dental Community for over 2 decades now, not only restoring teeth and creating beautiful smiles, but being an active part of the community by being involved and helping others.

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