No but I saw some listed on eBay and they got a very good price for them! I was shocked that they had those "teeth" all on a tray and up for auction. Looked just like teeth covers too. I think they put the gram weight in the auction.
I don't know how to get it off, either, but the last time I had a gold crown put on a tooth, the dentist said that there was about $35 worth of gold in it. That was when gold was selling for about $300 an ounce. Now that it's $700, you could have quite a nice little "pot of gold" there.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Mt.35:24
I do not know. On a guess, I would say that she suspected that they were worth something, but she knew that she would never mess with them.
I want to thank everybody who replied to my thread. With the gold market so high, I think I would like to sell them. They are not my idea of a great necklace even if I WOULD get attention: they actually look pretty gristly.
I will be gone for a couple of days to help my MIL. She has decided to move down to Arkansas again, and there are things that she could use help with. So, good-bye for now!
Just take a hammer to the teeth. The gold is soft and will deform but stay together and the porcelin is hard and will shatter and fall apart. Take the gold to a pawnshop and they will weigh it and make an offer. The gold will be an alloy and not pure.
I've sold a lot of dental gold, hit it with a hammer on concrete, and use a plier/ice pick to get all the porcelain/tooth out. Soak the gold in a detergent to get rid of the smell, which can be quite yucky. Because dental gold is an alloy and has platinum in it to harden it it does not melt at the normal melting temp for gold, and is much harder to melt and work with. It is still sellable, to use it for jewelry it has to be refined, I had a friend who made a ring out of it and had a really hard time, told him that it had platinum in it, he was cheesed he hadn't known that up front. Most gold buyers will take it they do prefer the more yellow stuff, gold content is higher.
This reminds me of my own situation. In 1976, I was sent to Denmark to work with an affiliate company for several weeks. About as soon as I landed, a tooth fell out of my upper plate. Couldn't handle that as it also created a hole so all suction was lost. Dental treatment is socialized there so I wasn't covered. No problem as the host company had their favorite dentist available. For about $38, tooth was put back in better than before and anchored into the plate with 2 little gold studs. A few years later, had the plate lined and that covered the gold studs. Or so I thought. A few years ago, that tooth fell out again and when I looked at it, there were 2 holes where the gold anchor studs had been! SOBs had charged me an arm and leg to line the plate and stole the gold in the process!