In some cases, there will be insufficient bone to allow placement of the implant in the correct position while still having the implant surrounded by bone. In these cases we will place treated bone over the implant surface that is not covered by the patient's own bone. This treated bone acts as a scaffold which will eventually be replaced by the patient's own bone.
This is called bone augmentation or guided bone regeneration (GBR). Where a significant amount of bone is missing, GBR is provided as a single procedure and the implant is placed 6 months later when sufficient bone is present.
The fee for bone augmentation will be discussed at the initial assessment.