Dr. Michael McCown
(Fort Pierce, FL)
RE: Dr. Michael McCown
4755 Highway A1A
Vero Beach, FL. 32963
On or about 10/19/10 I went to see Dr, Michael McCown a dentist in Vero Beach, Florida. I had been seeing him for many years. On this visit, we discussed my dental condition and he suggested I have a partial made so that I could have teeth added to as time went by due to my extensive bone loss that would cause me to lose my remaining teeth over time. I agreed to having a partial made and, as time went by, I got a heck of a surprise.
Dr. McCown began the making of the oral molds to be sent out so the partial could be made. He informed me that he was using a new place to have the partial made that was better then the one he was using.
When the partial came in, I went to his office for a fitting. The partial bridge did not come close to fitting, so some adjustments were made as well as another oral mold that was sent back to the lab. A week later, I returned for another fitting. The partial still would not fit correctly.
More adjustments were made and the appliance was again sent back to the lab. I would return again the following week to the same problem. The item would still not fit - the bite was wrong and the partial would rock from side to side when I bit down. On this visit, Dr. McCown would attempt to grind down the appliance to the point of grinding my real bottom tooth to make the partial fit better and get the correct bite.
I left his office wearing the partial home to try it out. Well, while eating dinner the bite was still way off and the partial was rocking from side to side while chewing. I relayed this the the dentist and was told to come back in for more adjustments.
When I saw him, I informed him that I've had a few partials made in the past and never had the problems I was having. In all cases, all I needed was a simple adjustment and I was good to go.
He would again proceed to do more grinding to try to correct the bite. He would also tighten the clips in the hopes of stopping the partial from rocking.
I left his office wearing the partial and again, while eating dinner, the bite was still way off and now by him tightening the clips my teeth were aching, due to too much pressure on my teeth.
I would return yet again to the office for more adjustments and grindings, only to return home and find that, this time while chewing, it would rock, not just a little, but like a see-saw. As far as I could tell, the partial bridge was not formed to my mouth. I again called the office to the relay the problem I was told by the receptionist that Dr. McCown said that the rocking of the bridge falls into the "parameter".
Now, I'm not a stupid person. When chewing, the partial should not almost come completely off on one of its sides. I was also told the I could also find another dentist to see if they could make me a better partial at my own expense!
For Dr. McCown to respond in this manner was not very professional and not very responsible. He does not stand behind his work.
All in all, I must have made seven to eight 90 minute trips to his office for these fittings.