Gold Fillings: Scrap to Sell?
Dental fillings replace a space or cavity in a tooth, often caused by decay. The process is completed by a dental professional, and involves drilling into the tooth to remove any decay, and filling the area with a metal, porcelain or plastic material.
Evidence exists linking the drilling of holes in teeth back to as early as 7000 BC. It is believed that the holes drilled in teeth during this time were to allow evil spirits to escape, in lieu of fixing a decaying tooth. Evidence also exists showing that early AD cultures used gold to fill teeth, and attempt crowns and caps.
Today, gold is still used for dental fillings. This post outlines the pros and cons of using gold for dental work, and the opportunities to sell these materials down the road.
Gold fillings are known for being strong and durable. Typically a very soft metal, gold in dental fillings is alloyed with other metals, such as silver, copper, platinum, palladium or zinc, giving them the strength to withstand up to 30 years of chewing.
Unlike other materials, gold is not highly corrosive, so it doesn’t break down easily. This has made gold a popular option in producing both fillings and gold teeth as dental prosthetics.
Not surprisingly, gold can be an expensive option for dental fillings – as much as ten times more costly than other options.
In addition, the metal’s ability to conduct both heat and cold can cause discomfort.
When gold or amalgam fillings are not an option, or it’s time to replace existing fillings, porcelain is a viable alternative. Porcelain can last longer than metal and doesn’t tend to crack or fracture. In some cases, porcelain has even been used to enhance the appearance of teeth, as some metals draw attention to the mouth and are less pleasing to the eye.
Plastic also works well for those hoping to have fillings that blend in well with the natural color of the tooth, and are more affordable.
Selling Scrap Fillings
Many individuals and dental professionals may not realize that gold fillings, teeth, crowns and more can be sold for profit after they are removed from the mouth. Anyone in possession of precious metal dental scrap can sell these pieces to a precious metals buyer for a simple form of cash flow.
If you have dental scrap to sell, use an online gold scrap calculator to determine your potential payment based on weight and purity. Research and gather estimates from several gold buyers, and use this information to make an educated decision on whom to sell your dental gold to.
If you’re unsure of the purity of your dental pieces, a trustworthy gold buyer will work with you to determine the precious metal content of your scrap, and make an offer accordingly.
Have you sold gold or silver dental pieces? Tell us about your experience by leaving a comment below!
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