Brandy needs front teeth!

tl;dr: I knocked out my front teeth a year ago. The work required to replace them snowballed, and the steps--extractions, implants, abutments, crowns, and bridges--have a price tag that could send a kid to a state college for almost two years.

In October of 2016, I stood too close to a swing my son was on, and his skull connected with my face, loosening my two front teeth. However, those teeth had no roots on them, thanks to many years of orthdontics shortening the roots and the remains being absorbed into my face. (Freaky, I know, but it happens.) Because there were no roots, the teeth couldn't tighten back into the gum--there just wasn't anything there to grab. The two front teeth were pulled in January of 2017, and I got a temporary "flipper" (partial denture) to wear for the three or so months until we could hang a permanent bridge on the surrounding teeth.

The flipper, however, exposed a larger problem: the surrounding teeth, the ones expected to hold up the bridge, were coming loose just from the weight of the plastic flipper. The new plan required pulling those next four teeth (the weak ones) and doing some implants, on which the bridge would actually be hung. In the meantime, I have a new partial denture in. It's uncomfortable. I'm frustrated and annoyed at my inability to eat certain foods (anything I'd have to bite into) or speak clearly around the hunk of plastic in my mouth. I teach middle school and I can't really be without it, but it's frustrating trying to speak to students and explain something clearly when I'm struggling to form words.

Total teeth lost: 6. Total being replaced: 8. (2 teeth were congenitally missing; adding them to the bridge corrects some issues with my bite that the earlier orthodontia couldn't fix.)

At this point, I have four implants in place. All the surgical work has been completed--the extractions, the bone grafts, the implants. All that's left is the rebuilding work: four abutments, four crowns, and the rest of the bridge. The dentist and periodontist agree that modern implants and crowns will last decades at least, so this is a long-term solution.

However, they're REALLY expensive. I've had a lot of help from family to get this far, but it's already been in the neighborhood of ten thousand dollars--and this next round is another $15k. Any help you can give is appreciated. 

Any money raised over the amount of the remaining work (like if my dental plan finally agrees to cough up for some of this, which they have not so far) will go toward paying back those who have contributed to the earlier stages of fixing my mouth.

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Brandy Danner 
Cambridge, MA
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