If your local dental practitioner is not broadening his knowledge resources online, he should be. It is not an excuse to declare himself an old-fashioned practitioner, not in this day and age when advanced medical technologies and its requisite medical equipment is being put forward online to all stakeholders. Invariably, your local dentist, fully accredited, well qualified and well practiced and experienced, is following a clinical dentistry resource center online.
If he is progressive and proactive in his work, he could very well be suggesting a visit or two to the website that he is utilizing to better explain whatever procedures or treatment (and care) regimen is being suggested for you or being put into place. This is particularly useful if you need to engage with your dental practitioner over a long term, re-visiting the doctor for follow-up and/or further, staged procedures.
It is particularly resourceful for both doctor and patient to be immersing themselves collaboratively with as much online information as possible in the event that complex remedial procedures are required to address and fix a longstanding medical problem such as gum disease and the repair of broken teeth as a result of a trauma event. A resourceful dental practitioner, after being questioned by understandably skeptical patients, will go out of his way (and without stretching the imagination, always acting professionally) to reassure them that these online reports, reviews, or even summarized case studies, are not fleeting and/or abbreviated articles in which vital information is either limited or excluded altogether.
In any case, doctors need to have full access to such journals so that they can always be alerted to the arrival of new technologies and medical apparatus that can only benefit his practice and the health of his patients.