“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Richard Branson

The British business magnate may not be everybody’s cup of tea but certainly the sentiment sums up why hands-on learning is so important in dentistry. Unless you have handled the equipment, practiced the procedures and perfected your technique in real terms, no amount of digital learning will provide the expertise that you need with patients in day-to-day dental practice.

That is why we believe so passionately about supporting dental education, loaning equipment worth £’000’s to dental courses running the length and breadth of the UK specifically to provide that hands-on experience. Despite the length of time we have done this, it can still be a logistical nightmare co-ordinating course dates with the right amount of equipment, ongoing alterations with course dates/venues/delegate numbers, vanishing couriers and far-from-helpful hotel receptions.

But it does just make our day when we get a thank you – here’s what the University of Edinburgh sent to us after our loanstock was with them for their Summer School earlier this year:

I just wanted to write and thank you all so very much for all your help, assistance and support over the fortnight for our MSc in Restorative Dentistry students … The weeks were highly successful with us receiving some really excellent feedback. Without doubt this would not have happened without your and your company’s help and generous supply of materials.”

Steve Bonser MSc FHEA FDS RCPS(Glasg) FDTFEd FCGDent,Programme Director MSc in Restorative Dentistry, University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh – we enjoyed meeting your students and really appreciate you dropping us a line – we look forward to doing it all again next year!

The loanstock course diary is already opened for 2024 so if you do have any requirements for the year, and have not been in touch already, early booking is recommended as this service is very much in demand. Just drop the admin team an email to loanstock@prestige-dental.co.uk and they will get back to you.