Alberta Implant Residency


Grow your practice by learning how to place dental implants with confidence. You’ll be taught techniques to avoid complications and aesthetically restore your patients’ smiles.

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About this Residency

The University of Alberta's Implant Residency (AIR) prioritizes a patient-centric approach, establishing elevated standards for excellence. Our program equips you with essential prosthetic and surgical skills in dental implantology through comprehensive instructional and clinical training.

The residency aims to empower you to seamlessly integrate implantology into your practice with confidence. This is crucial, as practitioners offering dental implants must possess extensive expertise to ensure patient safety and optimize implant longevity.

Our competency-based learning approach ensures you enter the realm of dental implants with the necessary knowledge and confidence, enabling you to deliver the highest standard of care to your patients.

The uofa advantage

Experience a education that not only equips you with knowledge but empowers you with invaluable resources. The University of Alberta Advantage is not just an opportunity; it's a gateway to success!

  1. Comprehensive Training
    • Embark on a transformative journey through our comprehensive program, meticulously designed with a dual focus on theory and hands-on experience.
    • Fully unlock dental implants with complimentary in-person training for one Registered Dental Assistant (RDA).

  2. Donated Materials
    • Receives two cutting-edge implants generously donated by industry sponsors absolutely free of charge.
    • Seize the advantage of cost-effective learning, as high-quality grafting material is made available at a reduced cost.

  3. Access to Industry
    • Forge powerful connections with local dental labs, fostering a collaborative environment that propels your skills to new heights.

Residency overview

Our residency leverages instructor-led and combines online delivery with in-person hands-on training; they combine the best aspects of real time (synchronous) learning guided by your instructor and independent self-directed (asynchronous) study which can be accomplished according to your schedule.

  • Course Length: 10 months
  • Class Size: 18 participants max during the hands-on module
  • Instruction: Instructor led
  • Format: Online and in-person
  • Effort: This residency takes on average 118.5 hours to complete


The Alberta Implant Residency comprises an online theory course and a hands-on surgical course. You have the option to register for the entire residency or space things out and register for each course independently.

Note: By registering for the full residency, you will gain access to our expanded theory curriculum with an additional live zoom session at no added cost!

Dental Implantology Theory Course


Only Interested in taking theory right now? No problem!

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IMPORTANT: After completing the theory course you have two years to register for the surgical course and complete the full residency.

Course Summary

Theory Summary

To get started with pursuing dental implants, you need to complete an online theory module. This course includes a combination of self-paced online learning and live-streamed lectures. This comprehensive course offers informative and in-depth education about dental implants and the requirements for incorporating them into your practice.

The theory only course is entirely online comprising a guided self study curriculum with 2 live zoom sessions.

Note: Theory only participants will be able to access recordings through eClass.

Hands-on Surgical Course


The next and final step in completing your residency is our hands-on surgical course.

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IMPORTANT: If it has been over two years since completing the theory course, it will have to be retaken first.

Course Summary

Implant Residency Summary

Join us for a comprehensive residency where you'll undergo hands-on learning over five weekends. Participate in an in-person simulation lab, live surgeries (1 and 2), and prosthetic sessions (1 and 2) with expert guidance from our instructors.
Don't miss this chance to enhance your career!

Additional Info

Accessing Course Materials

Accessing Course Materials

Course materials can be found on eClass. An email will be sent out to all participants with directions on how to access eClass.



Implantology Theory

Course Introduction & Objectives:

  • Introduction to Implantology & History & Survey Review
  • Biomechanics, Biomimetics and Biomaterials - Osseointegration Record Collection
  • Dental Photography
  • Introduction to Virtual Treatment Planning
  • Head & Neck Anatomy Review
  • Bone Physiology & Wound Healing
  • Patient Selection Criteria – Medical – Dental History, Chief Complaint, Esthetics, Malocclusion
  • Peri-implantitis
  • Medical Pharmacology
  • Informed Consent & Record Keeping
  • Fee Guide Codes for Implant Therapy – Surgical & Prosthetic
  • Basic Surgical Armamentarium
  • Aseptic Technique – lecture & practical
  • Local Anesthesia
  • Simple and Surgical Extraction Techniques
  • Introduction to Implant Prosthetic Kits
  • Importance of Surgical Guides In Implant Surgical
  • Treatment Planning for Surgical Guide Fabrication
  • Surgical guide Planning demo
  • Prosthetic topics
Implant Residency

During the SimLab, participants will:

  • Review of Cases  Session 2 and 3
  • Introduction to Implant Surgery
  • Introduction of the Drilling System CLT System
  • Introduction to to the Surgical - Astra, Nobel Biocare & Straumann demonstrations
  • Pre Prosthetic checklist
  • Surgical Flaps and Suturing Techniques
  • Hands on Suturing Session
  • Hands on Temporary Fabrication
  • Custom impressions copings

Following the SimLab there are two surgical weekend session:

  • Surgery Session 1
  • Surgery Session 2

Lastly there are two prosthetic weekend sessions plus stage II sessions:

  • Prosthetic Session 1
  • Prosthetic Session 2

Implantology Theory Prerequisites

  • DDS/DMD degree & active practicing license from your dental regulatory authority.

Implant Residency Prerequisites

  • DDS/DMD degree with NDEB exam completion or equivalency & active practicing license from your dental regulatory authority.
  • Letter of good standing from your current dental regulatory authority in Canada.
  • Current Heart & Stroke Foundation CPR certificate (ONLY Heart and Stroke Foundation CPR accepted).
  • Successful completion of Alberta Implant Residency Theory Module.
  • Out of Province Participants must apply and meet eligibility for a Courtesy Register in Alberta. Application for registration the courtesy register through the College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta (CDSA).
Payment Plan

Payment Plan

If you plan on completing the full residency, you can pay a lump sum or register for the theory course, then pay for the surgical course in three equal installments. If you opt to pay in installments, you must adhere to the following schedule.

Surgical Course Installment Schedule
  1. Installment 1 is due at registration for the surgical course. Note, this saves your spot in the residency.

  2. Installment 2 is due 2 weeks before the posted date for live surgery session 1.

  3. Installment 3 is due 2 weeks before the posted date for live surgery session 2.

Failure to pay on time may result in late fees, an inability to access eClass, or removal from the course without refund. Please note payment in full is required to revieve your letter of attendance following the completion of the course.
Receiving CE

Receiving CE Credits

Upon successful completion of the theory and hand-on surgical courses, participants will receive a certificate of completion which must be submitted to your regulatory authority. It is your regulatory authority that issues CE credits; therefore, we cannot guarantee the number of CE credits issued.

Note, a certificate of completion is not a certification; if applicable; it is your regulator who will certify you.



  • Withdrawal before course materials have been accessed.
    • A cancellation fee of 20% of the course cost will apply unless the withdrawal is due to a medical condition. Please email if you with to withdraw.

  • Withdrawal after course materials have been accessed.
    • Refunds are not available unless the withdrawal is due to a medical condition.

  • Withdrawal 48 hours before the theory course start date.
    • Refunds are not available unless the withdrawal is due to a medical condition.

  • Withdrawal 2 weeks before the surgical course start date.
    • Refunds are not available unless the withdrawal is due to a medical condition.

  • Transfers to another cohort.
    • If you wish to transfer to the next cohort please submit your request in writing to 3 weeks before the posted date for live surgery session 1. To be eligible, you must be able to complete the residency within 2 years. Transfer fees may apply.


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Dr. Talwar is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.

Her primary clinical interests include dentoalveolar surgery, implantology, skeletal and facial deformities and trauma. Additionally, her doctoral research focused on hormonal influences at the cellular and molecular level in chondrocytes from the temporomandibular and femoral condyle.

Dr. Talwar was one of the founding developers of the Toronto Maxi Program and continues to instruct and support implant education. She is the founding facilitator for the University of Alberta’s AIR (Alberta Implant Residency) Program.

Dr. Cable is a board-certified specialist in Prosthodontics with advanced training in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics.

She is a media expert and knowledge network leader for the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) and has published in scientific journals, magazines, and online forums. She has taught at the University of Alberta since 2001 in the areas of implant dentistry, restorative dentistry, business applications and peer mentorship.

Her research interests focus on how the communication of knowledge to patients aids in the functional rehabilitation of patients and contributes to successful clinical, academic and outcome-based environments.

Additional Faculty

Additional Faculty

  • Dr. Antonella Trache, DDS, BSc, CD
  • Dr. Monica Gibson, PhD, MSc, BDS
  • Dr. James Yacyshyn - DDS, MSc BSc
  • Dr. Morgan Gwin - DDS, MSD, (Prostho)
  • Dr. Ahmed Hussain - BDS, DDS, MSc, (Prostho), DmedSc, FRCD(C)
  • Dr. Manuel Lagravere - DDS, MSc, PhD Orthodontics
  • Dr. Daniel Graf - PhD
  • Dr. Bryce Adamson - DDS, MsD
  • Dr. Carl Young - DDS, MD, BSc FRCD(C)
  • Dr. Nimet Adatia - DDS, MS, FRCDC
  • Dr. Livy - Ph D. Associate Professor of Anatomy


We are proud to have the Alberta Implant Residency sponsored by Nobel Biocare.


*This number is an estimate. Your regulatory body will issue the credits.
**Tuition may be subject to change.