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With the price of gold rising to record levels, many people are digging out their old dental caps, fillings and bridgework to sell at pawnbrokers, coin shops and specialized firms that buy dental gold.
Speaking to the Associated Press (AP), Scott Taber, a Massachusetts-based coin dealer, revealed that a typical gold crown would fetch around $40 to $50 at current prices.
The weak dollar, record crude-oil prices and fears of a US recession pushed the price of gold up to a record $1,038.60 an ounce last month. That has since fallen to $920, but analysts are predicting that it could climb further, according to the newswire.
Traditionally, gold bridgework, crowns and fillings have been made of 16-karat gold, an alloy that contains other metals including silver, zinc and copper.
Nowadays gold tends to only be used for crowns, while fillings are made with cheaper substances. Many people also want white fillings for a more natural look.
Dental fillings may soon be done away with all together, as scientists at the University of California claim to have found a way to rebuild teeth, rather than just filling them, Fox News reported recently.
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