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Peter L. Thompson, DDS

Portales New Mexico dentist Peter L Thompson D D S

From the very first appointment, our patients can clearly see how much sincere love and passion Dr. Thompson has for his profession. For 20+ years, he has helped countless people experience the life-changing difference that comes from regaining a beautiful, healthy smile! Creating a positive, long-lasting impact is always a wonderful thing to witness, and he feels lucky to be able to give those enduring benefits to his patients from all over the region. Interested in learning more about him? Just keep reading below.

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Why Did You Decide to
Become a Dentist?

Doctor Thompson and team member treating dental patient

Dentistry wasn’t initially in the cards for Dr. Thompson. He actually started out with a dream to become a veterinarian while growing up! However, after spending several semesters shadowing a vet, he realized the profession was not the right fit for him. During his sophomore year of college, he transitioned to pre-med and started shadowing doctors instead – but after finishing college, he was disheartened upon realizing how low the quality of life and sense of professional fulfillments were. He ended up deferring from medical school for a year; during this time, he met his mentor, Dr. Mark Mann, who introduced him to the world of dentistry. A new fire of passion was immediately born – and the rest is history!

Doctor Thompson and his dental team

Where Did You
Study Dentistry?

Outside view of dental school building

Dr. Thompson completed his dental doctorate at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Since then, he has devoured continuing education at a breakneck pace in order to further expand his clinical skills and offer even more comprehensive care to patients. In the past few decades, he has completed over 1850 hours of advanced training, focusing on subjects like sedation dentistry, dental implants, full mouth rehabilitation, TMJ treatment, sleep disorders, and so much more.

Today, Dr. Thompson has achieved Fellow status with several prestigious institutions, including the Misch International Implant Institute, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also a proud graduate of the world-renowned Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and Spear Advanced Dental Education. Additionally, he is a member of:

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Outside of the
Dental Office, What
Do You Like to Do?

Doctor Thompson and his family

Dr. Thompson and his family have lived in Portales for nearly 30 years so far. He and his wife Micah have three children named Brock, Riley, and Luke. In his spare time away from the treatment chair, some of his favorite hobbies include piloting, playing golf, being an outdoor enthusiast, skiing, hiking and spending quality time with his family.