I have practiced general dentistry in Gwinnett County since 1979, after graduating from Emory University School of Dentistry.
In 1998, I elected to focus my practice on treatment of patients suffering from tooth loss. As a result of this committment, I have attended a number of courses on denture prosthetics taught by various leading instructors. Through these courses, I came to know Dr. Joseph Massad of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Massad is known internationally as a denture clinician, lecturer, and teacher.
Through my continued work with Dr. Massad, I have become a member of his lecture and teaching team. Together with our fellow instructors (Dr. William Lobel of Boston, MA, Dr. Richard June of Peoria, IL, and Dr. William Davis of Toledo, OH), we founded the Massad Learning Center in Tulsa. The Center offers advanced instruction in denture techniques for dentists. We also work together to develop new products and techniques to enhance the lives of our denture patients.
Caring for patients suffering from the ravages of tooth loss remains a large part of my practice focus today. It is my sincere desire to help removable prosthetic patients retain function, cosmetics and dignity for all of their lives.
Dr. Thornton's Profile:
Born in Savannah, Georgia. Raised in DeKalb County. Live in Snellville, Georgia, with wife Holly, and sons Adam and Patrick.
Georgia State University 1971-1975, B.S. degree
Emory University School of Dentistry, 1975-1979, D.D.S. degree
L.D. Pankey Institute, completed continuum series in 2000
Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
Member, American Dental Association
Member, Georgia Dental Association
Member, Northern District Dental Society
Member, Gwinnett Dental Society
Member, L.D. Pankey Institute Alumni Association