How Much Are My Gold Crowns Worth?

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  1. JHuff8181

    JHuff8181 Well-Known Member

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    Not sure if this is the right place for this question but here goes.

    I have three gold crowns in my mouth. What are they worth? Could I have them replaced with something less valuable and use the leftover funds to have some other dental work done (no insurance)?
     
  2. beaglebiz

    beaglebiz Wasza polska matka

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    It all depends on the weight and karat. Im guessing they are ten karat? can you ask your dentist?
     

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    Considering how much dentistry work costs and you have no insurance I am not really sure how you can come out on the positive end of changing them out.
     
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    JHuff8181 Well-Known Member

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    Gold $1800

    Not trying to come out ahead, just get some other work done.
     
  5. Wisconsin Ann

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    There's no way to know how much gold is in the crown without having it tested. Dentists have used anywhere from 10kt to 22kt gold for crowns. (usually it's lower kt if the tooth is going to be a grinding surface, like a molar)

    if it's 10kt gold, that's 40% gold/60% other metal. so...if the crown weighs 1 oz and gold is valued at $1800, you have 1800 x .40, or $720 worth of gold...IF you can get a spot price for it from a dealer.

    I'd suggest dropping in at a reputable dentist, explain the situation, and finding out what's in your mouth. They should be able to give you a price estimate.
     
  6. Parttimefarmer

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    Not as much as you think :) Very little actually, there is only a tiny overlay of gold. The refiner came in Monday to pick up three so I am quite sure. It will cost you much more to get in the office and get one removed than all three are worth.

    If you need work try bartering with your dentist. Don't rip out your crowns, you'll do damage to what's left of those teeth.
     
  7. Harry Chickpea

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    It would have to be a BIG tooth for there to be an ounce of metal. 1/4 oz would be a lot.

    My guess is that you might get $100 to $125 tops per crown. Going through a similar situation here.
     
  8. INFORG

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    $50-$100 depending on what karat gold it is, but figure 2-3 grams of gold per crown, 28 grams per ounce, and 1 ounce= $1800 , and because it is "dirty" mixed with alloy, it isn't worth anywhere near full gold price. And the smaller the amount you are scrapping, the less it is worth.
     
  9. Pelenaka

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    You might not be able to switch out fillings without the tooth falling apart.

    If your unable to barter dental services do contact a school of dentistry a.s.a.p. because there is a long waiting list.


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  10. Danaus29

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    Pulling the crowns, antibiotics and dentures will cost way more than the crowns are worth. That's provided you could find a place that will give you an honest price for the gold.

    We took a gold ring to a gold place once. We were offered $24.10 for a 14 k gold band with diamonds. We walked out of the place and about died laughing. They really wanted to buy it but I wasn't about to give it away.
     
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    No money will be "left over". Keep your crowns.
     
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    Why would a dealer pay "spot" price. That is what he can sell it for, He has to make a living too. I know I would not want to risk my cash and work for nothing.:coffee:
     
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    And keep your mouth closed when passing through back alleys...
     
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    Many of the fillings and crowns that are gold are just that..gold/metal. NOT thin overlays. The overlays are cosmetic things. i've got a small boxfull of fillings and crowns in my workshop..they range from 10kt to 18kt. and they're solid...just not huge.

    but I do agree. unless the crowns are coming out, don't take them out. find another way to barter for your services. Most small town dentists will work with you.
     
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    beaglebiz Wasza polska matka

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    why would a dentist use gold for a filling??
    I have heard of it, and seen the Holocaust movies with the pile of gold teeth...but why?
     
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    If TSHTF I would suggest never smiling or you might end up toothless.
     
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    They do gold filling in europe a lot . i am not sure why.
     
  18. TnAndy

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    Not used much for fillings, but used quite a bit for crowns.....where the old tooth is ground down to about nothing but a little nub, and a nearly full replacement tooth glued over it. Gold is one of the best materials to use, since it lasts forever ( no corrosion ), is relatively soft and doesn't shatter like porcelin over metal crowns do IF subjected to enough pressure.

    My dentist tells me most dental gold is 16k. I have several Mercedes payments worth of them in my mouth, since I was a "tetracycline" baby....one of those kids in the 50's that that particular antibiotic was used on at a very young age, and as they later found out, (side effects) when my adult teeth came in, they are very soft/yellowish, and I've always had a mouth full of tooth problems. Got a dozen gold, porcelin, and even one plastic crown......so I can give ya the full report on various materials. :D

    The only time ANYONE gets paid spot or near it, is with pure gold, generally in coin or bar form. ( Actually, most coins will carry a premium, both on buy and sell, and you can actually get 20-30 bucks ABOVE spot, depending on the coin.....see AMPEX "buy" price on their website )

    For any gold alloy, about the best ANYBODY gets is about 90% of spot from a refiner, such as Midwest refinery. Individuals would do well to sell to someone like that ( same type place these "we buy gold" places sell ), as they will pay the very most for you alloys.

    As others have stated above, I rather seriously doubt you will get enough out of dental gold to justify pulling them for that sake ALONE, but if you're having them pulled anyway, you definitely DO want to hang onto the old crowns.
     
  19. jerrwhy

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    The short answer is that you won't make anything. Dental fillings are typically 12-16k and there isn't a lot of gold in those things to begin with with. Don't forget to factor in the cost of replacement crowns either.

    My wife is a dentist and when she had her private practice she'd replace gold crowns several times a month. There was a scrap metals company that would pay her a visit twice a year and she sell the scrap gold from the crowns; on average she'd make about $10.00 per crown in scrap gold if that.

    Keep in mind that crowns are somewhat labor intensive which translates to wallet intensive for the patient. Personally, if your crowns don't need to be replaced then I wouldn't because you're not going to make any money.
     
  20. bee

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    What Jerry said about the labor...that is where most of the money goes when you have crowns made and put in..not to the metals involved. I have 9 gold crowns and I did not have mine made with the porcelin enamal because I like the look of the gold. Mine are all far enough back tho that you only see them if I am very happy or about to rip your throat out...LOL!!