Rusk And Thornton Dental Associates
William Thornton, DDS:
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Rusk And Thornton Dental Associates
William Thornton, DDS
Washington, DC













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

Dental cleaning

White fillings


Inlays & onlays


Clear aligners

Porcelain veneers

Teeth whitening

Dentures & partials

Root canal treatment

Tooth extraction

TMJ treatment

Dental implants


Offers Even28 at-home™? No

Offers Even28 at-dentist™? No

Offers Invisalign®? Yes


Monday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Thursday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed





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

Kelli R. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


Dr.Thornton,and Nick are the bomb he give excellent results with every touch because of him my teeth are beautiful the energy from Dr.Thornton and Nick alone would keep you smiling I can’t say enough about Dr.Thornton, I will forever be a loyal customer because he is as good as it gets.

Kelly B. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been seeing Dr. Thornton for at least 6 years in D.C. and he’s hands-down the best dentist I’ve ever had. I would recommend him to anyone. He’s seen me through getting a whole new tooth (he didn’t do the surgery part but he referred me to the ortho who did who was fantastic) and aside from that has helped me with all sorts of other more minor things like my bite and teeth-grinding, even comping my mouth gard after I had my new tooth because he didn’t want me to forgo it and risk any damage to the dental work/my smile. Their office is well-organized (best I’ve ever experienced at a medical/dental office) and they’re good about appointment reminders and such. I’ve also never ever waited to get seen there, always on time. Anyhow, he’s the best. I’ll mourn the day if I ever leave DC and can’t see him anymore!

Dahierophant W. from Silver Spring, MD (Source: Yelp)


Yelp Needs to add more stars… Dr. Thornton, Nick and the entire staff are AMAZING. I  recently have been going through a horrific dental experience where the dentist not only took two deductible payments from me, he also did some kindergarten work. Found Dr. Thornton near my office and got an appt immediately. He developed a plan to get me back on track and also wouldn’t let me leave his office without repairing the Jerks work. Finally I have a dental home. This team is great. Thanks Dr. Thornton

Jiaqi Z. from Arlington, VA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and his assistant Nick have good work ethic and expertise. I was very worried about whether I should do the crown for my tooth that I did root canal. However his appointment is fully booked up until next month. He sacrificed this lunch time to examine and teeth and gives me great consultation and tell me I don’t need to do the crown unless it gets darker or very weak. I am very satisfied with their services. Strongly recommended!!

Elizabeth S. from Costa Mesa, CA (Source: Yelp)


I have never felt so taken care of in my entire life! Dr. Thornton and his staff are absolutely wonderful. They make you feel very comfortable and explain everything that they do, before they begin. Today was my first visit ever and I not only had my x-rays done, but got impressions taken of my mouth for a custom mouth guard (I grind my teeth at night.) AND got my teeth cleaned. Just absolutely wonderful.

Hannah G. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I absolutely LOVE Dr. Thornton. I feel welcomed every time I go in the office. The staff is wonderful both over the phone and in person. Dr. Thornton is the nicest guy and a great dentist! I have had extremely positive experiences here! My entire family now goes to Dr. Thornton as do many of my friends, upon my recommendation and everyone is happy with him! I’m so glad I found a dentist in DC that I love. Nice people, clean office, great location, they even play good music… what more could you ask for!? Also, I went in once when my insurance was switching over and didn’t realize I didn’t have dental coverage at the time- everyone was SO understanding and helped me work it out!

Torrey S. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I started seeing Dr. Thornton about a month ago and couldn’t be happier. The office is conveniently located by Farragut West and the the staff was extremely accommodating. I’m always a little nervous when it comes to dentists but Dr. Thornton made the entire experience enjoyable and comfortable for me which was so important.

Nicole R. from San Diego, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thorton is great! He is super friendly and will help you find the right treatment plan for any dental issues you are having. The office staff is great too with scheduling, billing, etc. Cleanings are super speedy, which is nice so you don’t have to take a ton of time off work.

Charlie L. from Philadelphia, PA (Source: Yelp)


Wonderful, wonderful dentist! Dr. Thornton is one of the most thorough dentists that I have ever been to — I truly feel that I am in great hands when I am there. He is good about explaining everything that he is doing, as well as making sure that I’m comfortable and not in pain. Several of my coworkers and friends now go to him and agree that he’s extremely thorough and that the whole experience with his office is very pleasant. The dental hygienists and reception ladies are so fun to talk to and are so wonderfully nice!

Jenny O. from Arlington, VA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton and Tracy have been taking care of me so well for the past year. Tracy does such a thorough cleaning that my teeth look shiny and even brand new at the end. Dr. Thornton is super personable and his passion (yes, passion) for improving your dental care really comes through in his check-ups and conversation. I was especially impressed because they proactively squeezed me in for a cleaning right before my wedding even though they were booked solid! I feel really taken care of here, and I cannot recommend Dr. Thornton and his staff enough. Also, bonus points for being located less than a block from the metro station!

J R. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Dr. Thornton for about 4 years and I’ve had a very positive experience. I’d definitely recommend him. Routine care: I go twice a year for cleanings. It’s what you’d expect from a good dentist office… Friendly receptionist and hygienist, clean and well-equipped facility, efficient process, painless experience, brief visit with Dr. Thornton, goodie bag of dental care items on the way out. Nothing really stands out compared to other dentist offices I’ve used, but they do a good job as far as I can tell. The only thing they try to upsell me on is the fluoride rinse my insurance doesn’t cover. I can never remember whether I need it.… Beyond routine care: Dr. Thornton replaced a couple crowns for me and it went smoothly. Before doing the work, he helped me navigate the options for how to fix the broken crowns both in terms of the procedures and the cost. A side-benefit of those discussions was that he indirectly helped me make smarter decisions about how to adjust my coverage during my annual dental insurance open enrollment periods, which saved me money the following years. I’ve seen him enough times that I’m confident he remembers who I am and what my long term dental needs are. He’s also very personable. I’ve been completely satisfied with his care and look forward to going back. Non-medical stuff: I’ve had no issues with the administrative staff or billing staff. Routine appointments are pretty easy to schedule and reschedule. For emergencies, I don’t remember getting in same-day, but I do remember getting in same-week. The office is nice and modern. No real frills, just the usual dentist office and amenities. It’s near the metro but I usually bike since I don’t live on the right metro line. Parking is tough if you drive, with a garage being the easiest option.

Adriana H. from Silver Spring, MD (Source: Yelp)


Love Dr. Thornton and his crew. They are very patient-centered. He knows me and always remembers things about my family. We moved to the suburbs and I tried to change dentists due to the distance, but I ended up coming back to his office. I trust his opinion and I don`t feel he will take advantage of me. I had a bad experience in the past with dentists. And you can tell Dr. Thornton won`t try to sell you a whitening treatment while you wait on your chair, or ask for an unnecessary filling. I never had issues with him running behind, neither the hygienists. I love Stacy. She does a great job keeping up with my teeth. I certainly recommend his office!

Victoria R. from South Pasadena, CA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton is an incredible dentist. He is friendly, efficient, and really did everything he could to make patients feel comfortable. This is a huge contrast to the first dentist I had in DC who used to MAKE ME HOLD THE TOOLS FOR HIM IN MY MOUTH and always seemed an overall mess. I won’t mention his name here because he is since deceased. Unfortunately, I had a bad run of needing three root canals over four years and sometimes that meant making emergency appointments to his office. They always got me in, taken care of, and referred to an endodontist. The second emergency root canal endodontist referral was by far the best endo I’ve had, Dr. Murtaza. Even Dr. Thornton said, “This is who I would send my family too.” His assistants and dental hygienists are also friendly and great at their job. In particular, Crystal is the sweetest assistant. I should mention that the office always has a great selection of music playing. The only small feedback I provide is that sometimes the front desk staff can be less than friendly, which is unfortunate since they are the first and last impression. I just moved to California and am going to miss this dentist a great deal

Joe S. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I’ll try to keep this short. I’ve been a patient of Dr. Thornton for over 5 years, and couldn’t be happier.  I’m usually one to complain, but unfortunately am unable to find a single fault.  He’s a great dentist, and takes pride in his work.  The moment I open the door, I’m instantly greeted by a friendly receptionist.  The hygienists are very amiable and prioritize your comfort and overall experience.

Scott P. from Durham, NC (Source: Yelp)


My employer switched dental insurance carriers which was a convenient excuse for me not to go to the dentist for two years. A tooth ache starting one month ago became sufficient motivation to schedule a dentist appointment. Cross referencing my insurance carrier’s website of covered dentists and Yelp reviews I identified the top five rated dentists near my work. I called them all and only Dr. Thorton was able to see me within the week (keep in mind my tooth ache was getting worse). I had my appointment today and it went about as good as a trip to the dentist can. The woman at the front counter was kind and helpful. The office and examination room I was placed in were both very clean/modern/well lit, etc. The dental hygienist (Nick) was very personable and friendly. Dr. Thorton’s office uses technology, e.g, digital x-rays and mini-camera, effectively. Finally, Dr. Thorton was really great – excellent bedside manner, explained his diagnosis fully and laid out all of my options in a very easy to understand and digest way. I had to have a filling replaced and Dr. Thorton explained what he was doing the whole time and finished the procedure quickly and efficiently. In short, I would recommend him and his office to any of my friends or family.

Maggie K. from Alexandria, VA (Source: Yelp)


No one actually enjoys going to the dentist, but going an appointment with Dr. Thornton is about as good as it gets. The office is clean, bright, friendly, quick but thorough, and, if you can believe it, fun. There’s always upbeat music, the front desk staff is very helpful, and I have never waited more than 5-7 minutes for my appointment (they are so prompt). The hygienists are fantastic–personable, kind, etc. I’ve been going to this office for about two years, and I am always impressed. I wouldn’t even consider another dentist in town.

Jason M. from Miami, FL (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Dr. Thornton for years. He is a great dentist. Patient, caring, knowledgeable, detail-oriented. Never had to wait a long time to see him. His staff is competent, attentive and friendly. Location is great to if you are located close to K ST – Farragut West area. Each visit to Dr. Thornton’s office is a pleasure. Two thumbs up!

Marie P. from Boulder, CO (Source: Yelp)


I went to Dr. Thorton today for the first time and I was very impressed. I had been seeing a shady dentist in Washington for about 2 years and decided it was time for a change. My friend/colleague recommended Dr. Thornton, and since the Yelp reviews were positive, I decided to take the plunge. The office is in a well kept office building downtown near Farragut Square, in walking distance of the red, orange and blue lines. When you walk in you are immediately greeted with a smile. Everyone in the office is welcoming, kind, patient and personable. I realize that’s not the reason you go to the dentist, but it definitely leaves a positive lasting impression. (They were even nice when I called in for the appointment as a new patient. I find this to be so rare in Washington!) Dr. Thornton took his time getting to know my dental history and never made me feel like I was inconveniencing him. I’ve had quite a bit of dental work done (long battle with severe TMJ, gum surgeries, crowns, etc.) and I feel as though he was really listening and cared about my concerns. The dental hygienist who did my cleaning was very sweet and patient with me even though my receding gums and TMJ were acting up. I left the office in a good mood, despite the fact that Dr. Thronton was referring me to an oral surgeon for my TMJ issues (eek!). I am so glad I switched dentists. Dr. Thorton seems like the kind of dentist you can trust to give you his honest opinion and advice. Its nice to know I now have a dentist who is not trying to nickel and dime me!

Chantel (Source: Google)


I have had many bad experiences with dental offices and many dentist and staff have left a bad taste in my mouth for years, well that is until I found Rusk and Thornton. Let me first say, you are greeted right away when you arrive through those doors. The front end staff is extremely friendly and will answer all your questions. My dental hygienist (Tracey) and dental assistant (Nick) are the ABSOLUTE BEST!! It is just a great prize when you find a dentist that you actually look forward visiting because you know that he (Dr. T) will take awesome care of you. I am just in awe of the dentist office and will recommend everyone try them out. You will not be disappointed.

SUSAN B. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I previously wrote a review about Dr. Thornton, but I wanted to update that review, having seen him for the first time today after more than a two-year absence. To reiterate, when I lived in San Francisco (1984-1994), I had THE BEST dentist and, when I moved back home to D.C., I missed him sorely, and for many, many years was unable to find a dentist who even began to compare to Dr. Ramsey. I went through at least three dentists in D.C., none of whom made what isn’t a pleasant experience to begin with one scintilla better. ENTER DR. THORNTON! I’m happy to say that I no longer miss Dr. Ramsey! I just LOVE this dentist AND his staff, Nick and China in particular. I think I go there just to laugh (and read their magazines … nothing boring among the choices)! Being professional is, of course, of utmost importance; however, when you’re among people who can add a wonderful sense of humor to the mix, and who welcome you as warmly as they did me (especially after not having seen any of them for such a long time), you find yourself actually happy to be there. They are all incredibly nice, kind human beings! But, when they get to the job at hand, they are all extremely professional and very adept at what they do. I cannot recommend Dr. Thornton and his staff more highly … they are all simply AMAZING

Page M. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I have heard some absolute horror stories about some DC dentist. Dr. Thorton is certainly not one of those. He is absolutely fabulous. Clean, kind, quick, and so thorough I could not think of a better dentist. He might be young but his experience in SW DC health clinic means he has seen everything and his professionalism makes him second to none. I have recommended him to at least 10 friends and they all love him! Call today!

Moira B. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


Have you ever had a dentist who is also a rock star? I had not until today. For clarity, I do not know if Dr. Will sings or plays any musical instruments (maybe he does?), but the man is a rock star. Let me tell you why: I have a deep-seated fear of going to the dentist. It has consumed me since my childhood dentist (rest in peace, Dr. Yalowich, you were the greatest) stopped seeing patients years ago and I had to go to a new dentist. Since then, I’ve never really meshed with my dentists and, after a bad experience here in the District, I put off going for quite a while. Then I became embarrassed, and was afraid to go, which obviously did not help the situation. Fast-forward to a party earlier this year where I met the too-good-to-be-true Dr. Will. Another friend who also goes to Dr. Will for dental stuff introduced us, and I shared my passionate fear about going to the dentist. He said I had nothing to worry about and should make an appointment. From my first phone call to the office (where they do ask how long it’s been since you’ve been to a dentist), to the dental assistant (not sure if that’s his title, but shouts to Nick!) who did my x-rays and dealt with me acting like a 6-year-old, to the hygienist, Stacy, who got my pearly whites shining again, to Dr. will himself – everyone was nice, friendly, and very much not judgey. So, if you don’t have a dentist, you should go to Dr. Will. Probably even if you do have a dentist, you should go to Dr. Will – he’s great and the music in the office is top notch.

D T. from Washington D.C., DC (Source: Yelp)


Have been seeing him for a few years now… he’s got a great “chairside manner” and really makes me feel like my dental care is in good hands. If I have questions he talks me through it and it never seems like he’s rushing off to the next patient. In addition to all that, the staff is great, the place is clean and conveniently located, they text me appointment reminders… overall everything I’d ask for from a dentist.

Kim C. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


Absolutely wonderful. They take very detailed X-rays, don’t lecture you too much for not flossing (which, c’mon, no one does) and the office is clean and bright. The receptionists are also quality people. When my insurance was running out within days, they found an appointment time for me before it happened.

Lauren P. from Hemet, CA (Source: Yelp)


I had the worst pain ever most of other doctors advice was that i should take it out and i could’t agree with that cuz that was kinda grows for me until a friend of mine helped me find this clinic and thank god now they helped me like i never had the pain and there was no need to take out my tooth
thank you so much.

Amy B. from Arlington, VA (Source: Yelp)


Update to my previous review: it has been EIGHT years and the bonding work Dr. Thornton did to fix my front tooth is still in perfect condition. I ended up needing to get a little bit of bonding on my other tooth as well a few years ago (and we have since moved to a different state so sadly I needed to see a different dentist) and it hasn’t held up nearly as well as Dr. Thornton’s work. He really is the best!

Chantel M. from Stafford, VA (Source: Yelp)


I have had many bad experiences with dental offices and many dentist and staff have left a bad taste in my mouth for years, well that is until I found Rusk and Thornton. Let me first say, you are greeted right away when you arrive through those doors. The front end staff is extremely friendly and will answer all your questions. My dental hygienist (Tracey) and dental assistant (Nick) are the ABSOLUTE BEST!! It is just a great prize when you find a dentist that you actually look forward visiting because you know that he (Dr. T) will take awesome care of you. I just had a temp crown put on today and although the numbing shot has worn off, I am not in any pain — now my mouth is sore but its bearable. I am just in awe of the dentist office. I recommend everyone to try them out, you will not be disappointed. I just LOVE THEM and you will too!

The T. from Upper Marlboro, MD (Source: Yelp)


Soooo…..first appt complete. I have to go for my cleaning on Wednesday so it may be too early to review but all I can say is wow!!! It was worth the wait to become a new patient I am hopeful and excited to see what’s next. Dr. Thornton was great!!! Very friendly and patient. I did not feel like he was rushing he was personable and very kind. He was honest about treatment and after paying an arm a leg and two pinky toes at my last dentist he was a breath of fresh air and I feel confident that I will get the results I want. So I will keep y’all posted. Update: cleaning happened and Stacy is amazing and it was great and I am happy. I can’t believe I found this place on yelp!!!

Bailey B. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I could go ON and ON and ON and ON and ON and ON and ON about the TEAM at this office! OMG is an understatement as to how I feel about the services that I have received from Dr. Thornton and his AMAZING STAFF!!!!! Let me give you a little history. Following a few friends I traveled out of the country to have 8 of my front teeth “DONE”. The moment I look at my smile I HATED IT! With a return trip leaving in just a few days I had not choice but to DEAL WITH IT! That was 6 years ago! IMAGINE THAT!!! BIG UGLY TEETH FOR SIX YEARS!!!! UGGGH! THE PAIN!!! I will say “PEOPLE” thought I had a GREAT smile! Myself and professionals like Dr. Will KNEW BETTER! FAST FORWARD to a few months ago! NOOO let me back up! About 2 years ago I was referred to Dr. Thornton about having my crowns reDONE! I went. He quoted me! I never went back. Over the last 2 years I talked to other dentist locally and out of the area about having my dental work done PROPERLY in the US. NOOOOOW fast forward to a few months ago! I went BACK to Dr. Will following my heart. SO GLAD I LISTENED!!! My process took a while because A. I had A LOT of work that needed to be done. B. my work schedule is crazy! and C. DEADLINES! through the ENTIRE PROCESS Dr. Will. NICK! Dr. Rusk! Jasmine! China! EVERYONE THERE HAS TREATED ME LIKE A SUPERSTAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will sing the praises of Dr. William Thornton for the REST of MY LIFE!!!!!!! If you need a new smile OR if you just need to maintain what you have!!! THEY HAVE IT TOGETHER!!! I have been to MAAAAANY doctors. salons. spas. estheticians. nail techs. laser clinics. how i am treated and QUALITY SERVICE IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME!! atmosphere means the world. NOW I only have one RULE!!! Yes there are RULES!! When you go BE NICE! RELAX! and let the people WORK!!! DONT ME LATE!! Ive NEVER waited!!! TOLD YA I COULD GO ON AND ON!!!

Joseph G. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I’ve gone to Dr. Thornton for a couple years now.  I’ve had cleanings with him and a tooth re-filled.  My appointments are always on time, it’s pretty easy for me to schedule an appointment first thing in the morning (i.e. 7:30 or 8:00) so that it doesn’t interfere with my work day and his staff area pleasant and polite.  I’m a fan

Sarah Y. from Elizabethtown, PA (Source: Yelp)


Dr. Thornton is who I recommend to everyone. Besides having an outstanding personality, he is no fuss, and NEVER pushes unnecessary procedures/products on his patients. He is super honest and makes great recommendations for improving your dental care and is very proactive about spotting potential problems before they are problems. I was referred to a periodontist he trusts to determine whether further work was needed, and guess what? That guy was honest too, and told me he wouldn’t take my money because the work that could be done wouldn’t improve anything. I’ve always felt confident in the care I’ve received from this practice over the last 7 years- insurance has never been misbilled, and appointments have always been on time. Every hygienist I’ve encountered has been kind and skilled. My only advice is call before you need an appointment, because he’s popular, and often there’s a waitlist for new patients.

Shaun C. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


After not having been to the dentist in a decade… yes I’m terrible, I began searching high and low for a good dentist in DC after moving to the District last year. One of the issues I encountered was that none of the highly-rated dentists in my local area took insurance, until I found Dr. Thornton’s office and discovered that they do indeed accept my federal employee dental insurance plan and have great reviews here on Yelp. Awesome! I had my first appointment with Dr. Thornton yesterday and had a set of x-rays taken and a thorough exam of my teeth and gums. Dr. Thornton explained everything he was checking for during the exam and then explained the results of his findings. He was extremely cordial and informative and was willing to fully answer any questions I had about the exam, x-rays and future dental treatment that I will need to receive. I’ve never experienced such wonderful thoroughness and patience from a healthcare practitioner! Considering that my exam pushed into his lunch hour, Dr. Thornton still made sure I was 100% satisfied with our appointment and that I had all my questions answered before I left. When scheduling a follow-up visit for a cleaning, I found out that there had been a recent cancellation for early next week and the staff had been holding it open for me so I wouldn’t have to wait a couple of months for the next opening! I was very happy that they went out of their way to make sure my first dental experience in 10 years was absolutely perfect. I’m thrilled to have found such a great dental practice within walking distance of the Metro and look forward to many more visits. I’d give a bonus sixth star, if I could, for the fact that Dr. Thornton is quite easy on the eyes too…it’s like free additional anesthesia! 🙂

Amber W. from Gothenburg, Sweden (Source: Yelp)


I’ve been going to Dr. Thornton for three years now and I always have a pleasant experience, all things considered (I mean, I’m normally either in pain or about to be drilled and/or prodded). Dr. Thornton is very kind and always seems genuinely empathetic to pain, inconvenience and even financial issues. The first time I went to see him, he did a few X-rays for free because my previous dentist had neglected a series and my insurance wouldn’t pay for the “redo”. Since then, I have had nothing but excellent experiences and all my dental work is great, as far as I can tell. I have also never once been pitched to for any unnecessary or cosmetic procedures. It irritates me to no end when a dentist brings up teeth whitening or invisalign or any of that stuff – I’m there for my health, not beauty! Dr. Thornton has never even brought up any of these procedures. The staff are all very courteous and understanding. And they play pretty decent music to listen to while you’re in the hot seat. Really, I cannot say enough good things about this dentist office.

Lindsay G. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I have to give them 5/5 stars. I was fairly put off when I called to make an initial new patient appointment—they wanted to just schedule a consultation appointment where they look at your teeth, assess if you need work done then schedule a cleaning. I was nervous because I didn’t know if my insurance covered all of that, and also because I really needed a cleaning. I accepted the ‘new patient’ appointment, and a week later, called to find out if I could go ahead and schedule my cleaning appointment. They were nice enough to just schedule the cleaning right after the assessment, so I didn’t even have to get out of the chair! The staff was really nice, and the location is tough to beat (right near Farragut West metro). Also, they play contemporary rock music. I heard Red Hot Chili Peppers, Third Eye Blind and some really awesome 90s rock hits. Also, I was running late for the appointment, so I called ahead to let them know. They said it was no big deal, which I appreciated! Some offices will scowl and tell you that you’ve thrown their whole schedule off for the day, but this group was friendly and didn’t treat me any differently. Dr. Thorton was really professional, and explain what he was looking at and what he was assessing throughout my appointment. He carefully went over my medical and dental history before we started. I’d recommend this dentist to anyone looking! Location is great, dentist is friendly and they were accommodating with my scheduling needs.

LJ W. from Washington, DC (Source: Yelp)


I started going to Dr Thornton almost 5 years ago after getting a bit off track with my dentist appointments for a few years. As other Yelpers confessed, I felt nervous about going after so long and was afraid of being judged. I initially chose Rusk and Thornton because they accepted my insurance and I liked the location, but I keep going because Dr. Thornton and his staff are just great. First of all, Dr. T is a perfectionist — that is something I really appreciate in a dentist! He also does not try to sell you whitening services or stuff like that, or lecture you on flossing (though he has gently reminded me to try to keep it up). The hygienist, Phong (I think that’s her name – I feel terrible for not remembering!!) is awesome. She does such a good job and she’s very friendly. And Nick, who has received a lot of Yelp love (rightfully so!), is really wonderful. Over the years, the front desk staff has improved. I was not impressed when I first started going to Dr. T, but at my last visit a few months ago, I found everyone to be very nice. I also appreciate the reminder emails they send a week before the appointment!