Fellow Requirements

The Examination Process:

The Fellow examination has two parts. For those seriously considering applying for Fellowship, download the Fellow Guidebook.


Part 1 of the Fellow exam is designed to assess your knowledge of basic science, “entry-level” knowledge and understanding of implant dentistry principles, and the ability to apply these principles in a clinical situation. 

Candidates have four hours to complete 150 multiple-choice questions, administered via remote proctored exam. You will need to have access to a computer, high-speed Wi-Fi connection, and a cellular device for the examination.

You must pass Part 1 before continuing to Part 2. If you opt not to take Part 1 and Part 2 together, you have four years after passing Part 1 to complete Part 2. 


Part 2 is a two-part oral examination in front of AAID-credentialed reviewers and is clinically oriented.

  1. Candidates review a written description, a panograph, and a photograph for five (5) standardized cases, and then respond to questions related to treatment.

  2. Candidates must submit five (5) cases for in-depth discussion with the examiners. The candidate must have performed both the surgical and prosthetic treatment for each of these cases. Each case must be on a different patient and must be complete with the final prosthesis in function for at least one year by the beginning of the examination period. The submitted reports become the property of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and will not be returned.

Prior to the Part 2 examination, for each of the five (5) cases submitted, candidates need to include:

  1. A step-by-step written narrative of how the treatment was completed, why the candidate chose these methods and materials, and what this means to the patient.

  2. Diagnostic value photographs that clearly depict the soft tissue relationship to the implant prosthesis. The tooth (teeth) of interest must be shown in each of the photographs.

  3. Radiographs of diagnostic quality with minimal distortion. Bone levels must be obvious. 

Case Requirements

  • The cases presented for the examination must include implants that are at least three (3) mm in diameter.

  • Each case must be on a different patient.

  • Candidates may not submit the same case(s) as another candidate.

  • Each case must be complete with the final prosthesis of the candidate’s choice.

  • The case must be in function for at least one year by the beginning of the examination period. Function is measured from the date of the final prosthesis to the first day of the examination period.

  • A patient release is required for each case submission.

Each case must meet the following criteria:

  1. Edentulous mandible or maxilla with a full arch removable implant overdenture, utilizing two (2) or more implants.

  2. Edentulous posterior maxilla with pneumatized maxillary sinus requiring at least five (5) mm of sinus augmentation and two (2) or more implants and their restorations.

  3. Anterior maxilla with one (1) or more root form implants and its restoration.

  4. Any extraction with immediate implant placement or extraction with ridge preservation and delayed implant placement and its restoration.

  5. Edentulous mandible or maxilla with four (4) or more root form implants supporting a fixed complete implant prosthesis.