If your dentist follows Hal Huggins protocol, he is probably good.
Hal was one of the first to come out against amalgam fillings, and it cost him his dental license, and I think thrown off the board of the AMA.
I check out his site, and he sounds like a winner. I would go to him. The only place he mentions implants is re: gum disease, and that might be the only option for that if all else fails. From his web site.....
Treating Gum Disease
Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Typical treatments include:
Non-surgical treatments such as a full-mouth debridement and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
Periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
But hey, you can decide about everything any dentist wants to do.
One thing I can't recommend enough is the water pic with 3% H202 added to the water. I started some time before my last check up. The girl who cleans my teeth started to measure the small space betwee my teeth and the gums like she always does. After doing a couple she mentioned that I must be doing something different. I told her about the water pic and she said that they just started recommending the same to all their patients. She also wasn't as long on the cleaning.