Suspended dentist had a reputation for installing ‘grills’

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- WREG learned a Memphis dentist at the center of a health scare had a reputation for installing designer teeth caps called 'grills.'

His license is suspended, and his office on Lamar Avenue shut down after the health department uncovered filthy conditions and unsanitary practices.

His patients are being warned some of his patients may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV.

"It ain't fake. This *bleep* for real. Dr. Brown is for real" was heard in the commentary of amateur video from 2009 showing Dr. Alfred Brown doing the work he was known for.

"We traveled thousands of miles to come and get this type work," a man shouted in the footage.

People traveled from outside of the state to get gold teeth put in their mouths.

"We at Dr. Brown's spot."

Those who know Dr. Brown said SPT Dental was a hot spot for gold "grills."

The office is now under investigation after inspectors uncovered dirty floors and equipment, bloody gauze on the ground, and accounts of Brown putting used crowns in people's mouths.

"Hopefully that Dr. Brown can receive the help that he needs," Dr. Joseph Dove said.

Dr. Dove has a practice on Covington Pike and went to the same school as Brown, Meharry Medical College in Nashville.

"He is Meharrian. We try to look out for each other as best we can. In this case, that we really need to protect the public. I know the necessary steps are being taken," Dr. Dove said.

Brown spent several years interning and training at a, now closed, Provident Hospital in Baltimore before opening his own practice in the 1970's in Memphis.

He had several run-ins with the state board, but the latest investigation is by far the worst claims against him.

"Protect the public, protect the patient. That's first and foremost," Dr. Dove explained.

The state dental board will decide what action, if any, to take against Brown at its next meeting in October.

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