Now, doctors at the University of Navarra seem to have found a way for people with imperfect osteogenesis (OI), a rare bone disease, to enjoy the fruits of cosmetic dentistry in Albuquerque. Specifically, the doctors successfully made the patient’s bone ready for dental implants without resorting to bone grafts, which would’ve taken a longer course.
OI (its official name is osteogenesis imperfecta) affects around 1 in 10,000 Americans. A person with OI means that his body lacks the proper genetic structure to create strong bones, including the jaw bone. This is attributed to interference in the production of collagen, a protein that helps the bones move even under immense pressure.