Karen and Meg are sisters. They started out with almost identical teeth. But Meg smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for over 20 years. Karen never smoked. Guess which teeth below belong to Meg and which teeth belong to Karen? You guessed it – Meg’s teeth are at the top; Karen’s below. Smoking is connected to periodontal (gum) disease. The bone resorbs, leaving a long tooth. Without support of bone, the teeth loosen and move out of position. In Meg’s case, the front teeth became more crowded and became very protrusive. The teeth were so loose that she knew that it was only a matter of time before they would fall out , and she had already lost a couple of back teeth. By the time she came to our dental office the gum disease was so advanced and the teeth so out of position that dentures were the best option for her. She was very unhappy about the condition of her teeth, and she was excited at the prospect of having new teeth that would make her look more like her younger self. We will fashion our custom immediate denture for her. Photos to follow!