Alberta Implant Residency


Become a leader in Dental Implantology with our prosthodontics driven implant residency!

Important: The deadline to register for the Implantology Theory course Implant Residency is January 17th and February 1st respectively .

About this Residency

Our Dental Implant program has been developed with a patient-first approach, setting the bar high for quality standards. The Alberta Implant Residency provides an opportunity for general practitioners to become leaders in dental implantology.

Practitioners who offer dental implants must have extensive knowledge and skills to ensure patient safety and maximize the lifespan of the implant. Our team of general practitioners and dental specialists offers an unparalleled learning experience to prepare you and your practice for implant procedures.

The competency-based learning approach we follow allows you to enter the world of dental implants with the required knowledge and confidence to succeed and provide your patients with the highest standard of care.

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Residency Overview

The AIR program is designed to teach you the foundational prosthetic and surgical skills for dental implantology. It consists of two parts - an Online Theory program and a Hands-On program. During your journey, you will receive instructive and clinical training to develop your prosthetic and surgical skills. The ultimate goal is to help you incorporate implantology into your practice with confidence.

Benefits of Taking AIR at the UofA

  • The program consists of two parts, a theory and hands-on module.
  • Free training for one RDA to attend in-person sessions (additional RDA’s welcome for a fee).
  • Two implants per patient (donated by industry representatives - no charge to participants).
  • Implants sponsored by Astra, Nobel and Straumann.
  • Grafting material provided at reduced cost by Citagenix.
  • Work closely with local dental labs.
  • Installment plans available.

How it Works

Our residency program 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


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

Payment Plan

Participants have the option to pay the total tuition in a lump sum ($16,250 CDN) or in installments.


Installments are broken into four payments.

Theory Course Level 1 ($1,800 CAD)
  • The first of four payments secures access to the theory module. $1,800 CAD is due at the time of registration.
Surgical Residency Level 2 ($14,450 CAD)
  • The second payment of $4,816.67 secures a place in the Surgical Residency on a first come first served basis. Payment is due February 1, 2024.
  • The third payment of $4,816.67 is due April 1, 2024.
  • The final payment of $4,816.67 is due June 1, 2024.



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.

Residency Courses

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Dental Implantology Theory Course


Only Interested in taking the Theory Module right now? No problem!

Register Here

IMPORTANT: After completing the Theory module you have two years to register for the surgical module to complete your 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.

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


Available Cohort(s)

Registration for AIR 2024 Theory Course is now open

Live Sessions - Via Zoom
  • January 18, 20024
  • February 8, 2024
  • February 29, 2024


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

Implant Residency


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

Register Here

IMPORTANT: If it has been over two years since completing the Theory Module, 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!


Available Cohort(s)

Registration for AIR 2024 is now open

In Person Dates
  • Sim Lab Sessions
    • Live Session - via Zoom March 14, 2024
    • In person Sim Lab: March 16 - 17, 2024
Surgical Sessions
  • Live Sessions - via zoom April 18, 2024
  • Surgery Session 1: April 20-21, 2024
  • Live Sessions - via zoom May 30, 2024
  • Surgery Session 2: June 1-2, 2024
Prosthetic Sessions
  • Live Sessions - via zoom September 12, 2024
  • Prosthetic Session 1: September 14-15, 2024
  • Live Sessions - via zoom October 24, 2024
  • Prosthetic Session 2: October 26-27, 2024

Dates may be subject to change.



Please make sure you follow the rules of your regulatory body regarding immunization. Moreover, we highly recommend for you to be immunized as per the University requirement.

Immunization Clearance Form



AIR Cancellation and Refund Policy

Due to the scope and requirements of this program, full tuition refunds will not be facilitated.

Refunds and Withdrawals - Theory Course (Level 1)

  • Refunds cannot be issued within 48 hours of the course start date. If you request a refund, a cancellation fee of 20% of the course cost will apply.

  • To withdraw or cancel your registration for a refund, please send an email. Refunds will not be issued once the course has started, course material has been emailed, or after the course has started.

  • Please keep in mind that dates are subject to change and are based on enrollment numbers.

Refunds, Withdrawal, and Transfers - Surgical Residency (Level 2)

  • Refunds cannot be issued within 2 weeks of the course start date. If you request a refund before this deadline, a 20% cancellation fee will apply.

  • To cancel your registration and receive a refund, please send an email. Refunds will not be issued after the course material has been emailed or after the course has started.

  • If you're eligible for 2-year completion and wish to transfer from the 2024 Surgical Residency to the 2025 Surgical Residency, please submit your request in writing by April 1, 2024.

  • Please keep in mind that dates are subject to change and depend on enrollment numbers.


Dr. Reena Talwar

Dr. Reena Talwar - DDS, OMS/PhD, FRCDC

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. Cheryl Cable

Dr. Cheryl Cable - DDS, MBA, FRCDC

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 Staumann.
We are proud to have the Alberta Implant Residency sponsored by Nobel Biocare.
We are proud to have the Alberta Implant Residency sponsored by Astra Tech, Implant System.
We are proud to have the Alberta Implant Residency sponsored by Citagenix.