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Drew Shabo, DDS, Diplomat ABOI, Fellow AAID Shabo Dental Smile Studio

1309 Panorama Dr. | Chattanooga, TN 37421 | 423-894-4084 | Q: My dentures used to fit fairly well and now they?re making me miserable. What?s the problem? A: Bone loss is a major problem for dental patients who have had teeth extracted. Believe it or not, within six months of wearing a denture, you will have already lost about 40 percent of your jawbone structure. The reason that your denture doesn?t fit like it did and is making you so miserable now is because you don?t have the same jawbone structure to support it. This is why it is important to consider an implant-supported denture while you still have good bone structure and enjoy the lifechanging opportunity to have beautiful, natural, permanent teeth again. Implants are a comfortable, permanent alternative to ill-fitting dentures and severe bone loss. If you are currently suffering from troublesome dentures, we understand how the quality of your life has changed since you lost your real teeth. The inconvenience and pain takes a tiresome toll after only a short time. We find patients become depressed and anxious about going out in public and often fear going out to eat with friends and family. Don?t let the misery of ill-fitting dentures rule your social life, and don?t needlessly suffer with an unstable denture or bridge. With implants and beautiful, natural restorations, you have the opportunity to live life to its fullest again. Losing your dentures forever is a life-changing experience. Taste your food again, eat what you want, smile with confidence and stop the bone loss now!

Dr. Mary Anna Sanders

Associates in Women's Health, an affiliate of Women's Health Services

4700 Battlefield Pkwy. | Ringgold, GA 30736 | 706-861-4508 Q: Is an IUD a good contraceptive choice for me? A: If you are looking for a long-term contraception (three to 10 years) but are unsure if you want to undergo a permanent tubal ligation, an intrauterine device (IUD) may be the perfect contraception for you. It is a long-acting, reversible contraception (LARC), which is as effective in preventing pregnancy as a tubal ligation or implant. It also requires virtually no effort on behalf of the patient because she does not have to remember to take a pill every day or replace a ring every month. There are three basic types of IUDs: ParaGard, Mirena and Skyla. If you have a blood clotting disorder and cannot use estrogen-containing contraception because of the risk of clots, ParaGard may be a perfect choice of contraception for you. ParaGard is designed with copper and is effective for 10 years. If you tend to have heavy periods and become anemic, an IUD with progestin may be a great choice for you. Mirena contains a progestin and is effective for five years. Women using Mirena typically have sparse, light periods to no periods at all after only six months of use. Skyla also contains a progestin and lasts for three years. A woman who has never had a baby or her cervix dilated is the ideal candidate for Skyla, as it has a smaller diameter. Women who should not use IUDs include those with severe uterine anomalies that prohibit proper placement, active pelvic infection and pregnancy. The copper IUD should especially not be used in women with Wilson?s disease.

Norleena Gullett, MD, Radiation Oncologist Erlanger Radiation Oncology

975 E. Third St. | Chattanooga, TN 37403 | 423-778-7485 | Q: Are any new types of radiation treatment available for breast cancer? A: Absolutely. I can now offer women in Chattanooga with early-stage breast cancer a form of radiation that can be completed in five days, exclusively here at Erlanger. The SAVI applicator is a form of radiation known as brachytherapy. This approach targets the tumor site from inside the breast and involves two treatments per day for only five days. The shorter timeframe makes brachytherapy more convenient than traditional radiation, which is delivered in four to six weeks. It is important that women with early-stage breast cancer consider breast-conservation therapy. Instead of a mastectomy (removal of the entire breast), women undergo a lumpectomy?surgical removal of the tumor?followed by radiation to eradicate residual microscopic disease. By targeting radiation to the lumpectomy cavity, SAVI minimizes radiation to healthy tissue, reducing damage to the skin, heart and lungs. After surgery, the SAVI applicator is inserted into the lumpectomy cavity through a small incision. The catheters are expanded to conform to the size and shape of the cavity. The device?s unique design allows me to sculpt radiation dose to a patient?s anatomy, avoiding healthy tissue. Clinical studies show that by providing targeted radiation where it is needed most, side effects are reduced and women have a better cosmetic outcome. SAVI allows me to effectively treat a woman?s breast cancer and get her back to normal life as soon as possible. My patients love the convenience of SAVI and the excellent cosmetic results. 30 October 2015 ?

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