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3 Ways to learn to drive (and provide guided dental implant surgery)

Colin Campbell
by Colin Campbell on 11/02/20 18:00

learning to drive


As far as I can see there are 3 ways to learn how to drive.

  1. (The way I learned to drive) Taught by a parent. No lessons, cheapest, easiest, probably the fastest to get going.

In my day (sat my test in 1989) you could pass doing that even though it took me two goes. I think the world has changed now and because of compliance and difficulties and issues it is harder to pass that way.

  1. Structured lessons over time, once a week with practice in between where the instructor is able to debrief and debunk you to stop you falling into bad habits that will make you fail your test because of compliance.

There are definitely good drivers who don’t pass their test because they don’t play by the test rules. You know the guys? They drive a lot with their Dad before they’re 17 but cross their hands on the steering wheel during their test or drive one handed. This is a safe way to do it – practice over time with dedicated and directed instruction on how to play by the rules. With a good instructor you have an enormous chance of passing in between 3 and 6 months.

  1. The ‘express driving course’ - 5/7 days intensive training with a test at the end.

Maybe this is like cramming for an exam, but you can put a guarantee into that course that says, “we guarantee that you will pass” and then it holds you to account for providing a high quality course for high quality people.

I am writing this because my daughter learned how to drive last year and my other daughter will learn how to drive next year, so I am interested in the formats of how they can take it. Because the world has changed so much, it is not enough for me to teach my children how to drive like my dad did for me, because I don’t know enough about the rules of passing tests now.

The same is true (I think) for how we learn guided implant surgery now, which is an area that I am particularly interested in.

I have been spending some time on the telephone with friends of mine who have decided to pick the baton up and go for it in the digital world.

Some of these guys are hugely experienced and are struggling to see the point of guided surgery to improve their practice and they might be right.

But for the people further down the road (backwards) who have placed much fewer implants and who are still learning, the benefits can be enormous, but you have to learn how to do it.


You have got three options.

  1. Get your mate to teach you (but are you sure your mate knows what they’re doing and although this is cheap and easy, it might not fill the gaps the way you’d like)
  2. Structured learning over time, making mistakes with a mentor, someone who can guide you and push you in the right direction.
  3. The ‘express driving course’.


The ‘express driving course’ is the one that we’re providing now, starting in June 2020.

Our digital implant dentistry course is an intensive course to take you from 0 to 60 in the deep understanding of how to provide this treatment for the benefit of your patients.

The first three days are surgical and the second three days after summer are restorative.

It covers pretty much everything we thought was difficult and stuff that had taken us ages to learn and you can pick it up in 6 days.

The surgical side has live guided surgery and even surgery on your own patients if you’d like and the chance to design guides and fit them, try them and use them; it includes all of the tech and the understanding of the tech.

The second part is the restorative stuff with IOS restorative scanning, all the material stuff associated with digital and how the crowns are made and again, clinical demonstrations and working on your own patients if you would like.

You can do the surgical part or the restorative or both and as always with these things, we limit the places so the quality stays high.

We also mentor people (like the second option of learning to drive) over time but if you would like to do it quickly and in a hurry, then the third option may be best for you.

It is also worth deciding if you’re one of the people who falls into the category that this will be valuable for - it works either for guys at the early stages of their implant career trying to harness digital as a means of education and learning to be better at placing implants, but it also works for the guys who are more experienced, who just want a fast track into it now, out of the standard analogue pathway.

Let us know if you’re interested, Tom’s email address is here.


Blog Post Number - 2274



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