Comprehensive Dentistry

At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, Dr. Petersen and Dr. Mackey practice comprehensive, evidence-based dentistry that focuses on the overall health of your teeth, gums and jaw bones. Their goal is to diagnose problems as early as possible so they can develop a customized treatment plan that addresses your individual needs. Your smile is unique, and your dental care should be too!

General & Preventive Dental Services

  • Protective Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatments


Dental X-rays have come a long way since the days of heavy lead aprons, sharp X-ray film and loud, slow machinery. We use the most advanced diagnostic technology at Las Cruces Dental Solutions, and that includes digital X-rays. Not only do digital X-rays emit significantly less radiation than conventional X-rays, but they’re also faster and more comfortable too! With no sharp X-ray film and no lengthy chemical processing required, the images are available on our computer screen within seconds.

We use digital X-rays in dental exams of patients of all ages, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. X-rays can reveal:

  • Small areas of decay between teeth
  • Decay below existing restorations
  • Deep cavities
  • Infections in the jaw bones
  • Gum disease
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Some types of tumors

Like digital X-rays, digital photographs taken with our intraoral cameras are a useful diagnostic and patient education tool. These cameras show you what we see during your exam and help us guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options. They also enable us to diagnose issues we might not have been able to see without the up-close view that they give us.

Are you tired of long dental visits and the aching jaw that comes with them? The revolutionary Isolite system will completely change the way you think about going to the dentist!

Isolite’s soft, flexible mouthpiece lets you rest your jaw during treatment. It also illuminates your mouth from the inside, eliminating shadows and helping us work more efficiently. Best of all, Isolite uses self-aspirating technology that makes cotton rolls and rinse breaks a thing of the past. Schedule your appointment today and discover how a small invention can make a BIG difference in your dental experience!

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Restorative Dentistry

Las Cruces Restorative Dentistry

Sometimes routine cleanings and preventive care just aren’t enough to keep your smile looking beautiful and functioning well. Toothaches and missing teeth can take the joy out of many of the best things in life, from feeling confident in your smile to eating your favorite foods. Whether you’ve got a cavity that needs to be filled or a missing tooth that you want to replace, our Las Cruces dental team will give your smile the extra TLC that it needs!

Restorative Dental Services

Identifying and filling cavities are two of the most important services we provide at our Las Cruces dental office. By filling cavities as early as possible, we’re able to place smaller fillings and decrease your risk of needing more extensive restorative treatment in the future.Our dentists use tooth-colored composite materials that can be easily bonded to the surface of your tooth. Composite fillings require less extensive preparation, so the results are often smaller and more natural-looking than silver fillings. The durable composite material is shaped and polished to match the rest of your tooth, leaving you with a smooth and subtle restoration.

Although fillings are a small and relatively minimally invasive procedure, they can make a dramatic difference in the health and appearance of your smile!


Dental crowns improve more than just the appearance of your smile—they restore damaged teeth and protect them for years. Crowns are a functional, long-lasting restorative treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with fixed dental bridges and dental implants. At Las Cruces Dental Solutions, we can create and place crowns in just one visit thanks to the revolutionary CEREC® technology. Learn more about one-visit dentistry on our dental crowns page here.

I have to say that I was slightly nervous about getting a crown done by a new dentist (new to me). The whole process was very smooth and pain free! I have never had a crown done in one sitting! Thanks Las Cruces Dental Solutions team!  – Greg P., Google Review


A dental implant is a small titanium post that is surgically connected to your jawbone. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, the implant will quickly fuse with your jawbone and provide a solid, secure foundation for a dental crown or bridge.

While many dentists can restore dental implants (top them with a crown or bridge), not all dentists have the ability to perform the complete implant process. Dr. Petersen and Dr. Mackey have completed training in both the surgical placement and the cosmetic restoration of dental implants, so you can receive all of your implant care right here at Las Cruces Dental Solutions.

  • Dental implants aren’t just for seniors. You can replace your missing teeth at any age!
  • Implants look and function just like natural teeth, with none of the slipping, clicking or uncomfortable adhesives of removable dentures.
  • Healthy, well-maintained dental implants can last for years.

In addition to being a popular method for single-tooth replacements, dental implants are also one of the most effective ways to stabilize loose dentures. Ill-fitting removable dentures can be uncomfortable and impractical, not to mention embarrassing in social situations. Implant-supported dentures look and feel more natural, and they also provide superior comfort and stability.

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Cosmetic Dentistry


While our primary concern at Las Cruces Dental Solutions is to help you maintain your optimum oral health, there’s no reason that your smile can’t be as beautiful as it is healthy! In fact, having an attractive smile can boost your confidence and help you make better first impressions in your personal and professional life. Click Here to visit our Cosmetic Dentistry page or browse the links below to learn more about our cosmetic dental services and your options.

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Healthy Gums for a Healthy Mouth

periodontal dentistry

When maintaining your overall oral hygiene, it’s important not to forget about gum care, also referred to as periodontal care. Your gums are what support your teeth, so it’s vital to keep them healthy. With proper brushing and flossing, you can keep them in their best shape and avoid more significant issues down the road with gum inflammation, bleeding, and recession.

If you start to notice issues with your gums, such as they are swollen or in pain, we invite you to visit our dentist office so we can provide a proper diagnosis and catch any gum disease early before it advances to the more serious periodontitis. If you are currently suffering with gum infection, we are able to provide therapy as well as laser-assisted infection control to remedy damage and stop it from worsening.

Visit our gum health page to learn more about gingivitis, periodontitis, and the periodontic treatment you can receive at Las Cruces Dental Solutions.

Periodontal (Gum) Services

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