How do you get the gold off of gold-plated teeth?

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  1. Terri

    Terri Singletree & Weight Loss & Permaculture Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    My loving MIL just gave me an envolope with all of her old gold teeth in them.

    I really do NOT want an envelope of teeth, but the gold might be worth selling. And, it goes against the grain to put gold in the trash.

    HAs anybody done this?
     
  2. crystalniche

    crystalniche Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. OD

    OD Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
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    i love this board!!

    this is another example of... you can ask anything, and someone, somewhere will have an answer!!

    try calling a dentist. :shrug:
     
  5. Pony

    Pony Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hang on to the gold -- teeth or otherwise.

    If/when the SHTF, you're going to want gold and other precious metals a lot more than you're going to want worthless paper "money".

    My two cents' worth.

    Pony!
     
  6. LiL OHNNL

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    Try to find a dental lab. in your area. This is where they made false teeth. Most likely they will buy them off you melt them down and use it for someone else. Good luck
    John
     
  7. Freeholder

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    Since teeth will dissolve in pepsi, and gold won't, why don't you just put them in a container of pepsi and wait until the teeth dissolve out from inside the gold?

    Kathleen
     
  8. buspete

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    Seems to me that you could just melt it off with a propane torch and let th melted gold run off into the bottom of a crucible.

    The "cooking" teeth might smell pretty bad, I'd do it outside.

    If it were me, I'd just drill holes in the roots and make a necklace out of them just to get funny looks from people.
     
  9. Obser

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    Is it possible to melt gold (melting point 1948 °F) with a propane torch?
     
  10. susieM

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    Why did she give you her teeth?
     
  11. Terri

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    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!
     
  12. agmantoo

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    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.
     
  13. susieM

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    I LIKED the necklace idea.
     
  14. Vette Eaterr

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    LoL, yes this is great!! Next thread should be "How do you get a lot of human blood off your clothes?"
     
  15. susieM

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    I'm afraid to ask ... why, after spending what must've been alot of $$$ on those teeth, did they come (or were taken) out?
     
  16. Freeholder

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    My guess is that she ended up needing dentures -- or decided that the fashion statement that gold teeth made wasn't her thing anymore.

    Kathleen
     
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    No kidding! I love this stuff,too. These are the bits of knowledge that will come in handy some day :D
     
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    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.
     
  19. Rockin'B

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    This is a funny thread....

    :goodjob:
     
  20. Paquebot

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    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!

    Martin