Scott L. Learn, DMD, MAGD
Scott E. Learn, DMD Scott E. Learn, DMD, MAGD has been practicing general dentistry since 1994. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Learn served a general practice internship with Montifiore Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, opening his office at the Sharky's plaza in 1996.
In 2011, Dr. Learn moved his office to its current location at 981 State Route 981, Suite 1, Latrobe, PA 15650.
The "MAGD" after Scott's name designates a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. The MAGD designation is the highest distinction a member can achieve through the continuing education program of the Academy of General Dentistry. Hands on study in 16 dental disciplines and 600 hours of continuing education are necessary for this distinction, in addition to first achieving a Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD).
Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award
Since Dr Learn received his Mastership in 2001, he hasn't rested on his laurels. In 2007, Dr. Learn received the most prestigious award from the Academy of General Dentistry, the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition Award. Dr Learn was one of the first to receive this award and was the youngest recipient ever. The requirements for this award are to have your Mastership in the Academy, have an additional 500 continuing education credit hours and provide 100 hours in some form of dental community service.
A lifelong resident of the area, Scott was raised in Salem Township and attended Greensburg Salem High School.
Dr. Learn has taught in both the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant programs of Westmoreland County Community College since his graduation, and serves on the advisory board of the WCCC Dental Hygiene Clinic.
Dr. Learn maintains a good rapport with many area specialists, and works closely with oral surgeons, orthodontists, periodontists, and endodontists. Many times a referral in medicine means being given a phone number to call. With Dr. Learn, a referral means a doctor to doctor conversation, where you case is discussed and the details of your situation reviewed with the recommended specialist.
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Dentistry has advanced considerably in the past several years. One dentist dedicated to keeping up with and utilizing these advancements is Dr. Scott E. Learn. Not only does Dr. Learn educate himself on the new technology, but he shares it with his patients immediately.
"I really try to educate my patients. It means a lot to me to make sure they are happy," said Dr. Learn.
Your dental health combines the beauty of your smile and the overall health and functioning of your teeth. Dr. Learn strives to bring the same level of skill and commitment to each area, assuring you access to procedures and new techniques that both enhance your smile and provide sound dental health. That is why his office offers both general and cosmetic dentistry.
In order to offer you proven, new dental technologies, Dr. Learn routinely acquires over 100 Continuing Education credits each year, increasing his skills and improving his knowledge to bring you one of the most advanced dental practices in Westmoreland County. This commitment to continuing education stands well above the required 30 credits every two years.
Also, Dr. Learn uses an X-ray system that allows him and the patient to view the results immediately. The low energy system uses only 10 percent of the radiation that a normal X-ray does. Furthermore, the results can be sent digitally to insurance companies, making it quicker for patients to receive reimbursement.
Televisions in each operatory provide patients with the opportunity to learn more about their procedures while they relax in the chair.
"People are inundated with information. It really helps if they can see and visualize the new information," said Dr. Learn. "It's hard to read everything and remember it or for our staff to review it with them. This way they can relax and be informed at the same time."
Another advancement that Dr. Learn is excited about is a cavity detector. A laser is put on the grooves of the tooth and tests it for a cavity, a procedure that can detect problems much sooner than the naked eye.
"We can go in and clean it out a problem while it's still at an early stage," said Dr. Learn, "and very little of the tooth needs to be affected. These days, we can prevent issues from getting out of control. Also, with the use of lasers and new diagnostic tools, children may never have to see a needle again. If cavities are detected early enough, the laser can clean the tooth and fillings and needles will be a thing of the past."
Dr. Learn became interested in dentistry after he experienced having braces. At first he thought about becoming an orthodontist, but realized he liked all aspects of dentistry and decided general dentistry would best fit his interests.
In order to stay current and sharpen his skills in the field of dentistry, Dr. Learn completes 100 credit hours each year. As a result, he has completed his Mastership in Academy of General Dentistry. He is currently working towards the next step, his board certification in general dentistry. President of the Westmoreland County Dental Society, Dr. Learn also serves as a membership chair for the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry.
In addition to his practice, Dr. Learn also divides his time teaching Dental Hygienist and Dental Assistant classes at the Westmoreland County Community College. He also treats inmates one day a week at the Westmoreland County Prison.
Dr. Learn emphasizes how important it is to become educated on oral health. He recommends visiting a dentist twice a year. More if problems exist. With children, they can start to visit a dentist as soon as they begin to get teeth. This will help build healthy habits.
Dr. Learn's office is open to see new patients. He participates in Delta and United Concordia Dental plans. His office offers treatment plans that can be financed.&nb
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