A Smile For Zack

This is my brother Zackary. He is 17 years old. I learned a few months ago that Two of Zack’s top front teeth have completely broken off at the root, and have been missing for quite some time now. He didn’t tell me when we talked on the phone, maybe out of pride or he didn’t want me to worry... this kid has a heart of gold let me tell ya'll. He loves playing with our nephew Mason and helps rescuing and rehabilitating stray dogs he finds on his walks around town. “No dog gets left behind” he says. (A few of those dogs are currently snuggling in my apartment right now btw.) 

Well he went and saw a dentist recently about the missing teeth and the first results showed that he has barely any bone structure above his gum line. So little structure they said they would have to pull the remainder of his top teeth and create a denture for him. There were other options available, but his insurance (Medicaid) denied them all. The only option they would approve was the denture. The denture would take a month to make after pulling the teeth so he’d be without teeth all that time and I just can’t let it happen.  He just started a new job at HEB and at 17 years old he’s having to worry about how he’ll look without teeth while bagging groceries.  He has been through hell and back already at his young age and there is just no way I’m going allow this to happen to him.

Chris and I took him to get a second opinion and X-Rays done over here in Houston. The results showed that while his bone structure is weaker than most, it is strong enough to hold implants through a bone graft (without a bridge) and that he definitely does not need to have any more teeth pulled.

And that’s where this page comes in because we will have to pay out of pocket for the surgeries and we cannot afford it. 

Please y'all. I hate to beg, but I will. He is a great kid that I’m trying to keep from a life of unnecessary misery.  I love my brother very much and want to see him succeed in life.

Any amount you can give is more than appreciated. And if you’re not able to give, please share the post for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! 

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Kelsi Branstetter 
Houston, TX
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