Most people are familiar with the common practice of selling their old gold or silver jewelry, but your old dental work may also have a fair value of its own. If you have old dental crowns or bridges stored away that you’re not sure what to do with, there’s a chance they may contain gold or other precious metals.
Here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about how to sell your dental gold.
Dental alloys are categorized based on their level of precious metal content, and this categorization also helps determine their ultimate value. Dental alloys are categorized as follows:
- Precious (high noble)
- Semi-precious (noble)
- Non-precious (non-noble)
Precious is the most valuable categorization of dental alloys. It means the alloy is composed of at least 60% high-noble metal (such as gold, platinum, or palladium), and that at least 40% of the alloy is made up of gold.
Types of metals used in dental gold alloys include:
Types of dental work that could contain precious metals include:
- Partial dentures
How much is my old dental work worth?
The weight and metal content of your dental work along with the current market price of the precious metals will play the most significant role in determining its value.
Gold crowns and bridges are made from dental metal alloys that vary in gold content – generally ranking from about 10-karat to 20-karat gold. This means dental gold typically falls somewhere between 40% and 80% gold.
It’s worth noting that some crowns may display a gold color while actually having little to no gold content.
The current price of gold
Since the value of your dental gold is so highly dependent on the current market price of gold, it’s critical to note that the price of gold is higher now than it has been in years. The short-term price of gold can be somewhat volatile, but it’s value has been steadily increasing for decades – and especially in the past five years.
As has happened following previous global events – the 2008 financial crisis and the 2016 Brexit vote – the price of gold is rising during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because gold operates independently from the stock market, so while traditional stocks fall victim to COVID’s economic impact, gold can serve as a safe haven for investors looking for more stability amid uncertain times.
Sell your dental gold with The Gold Guys
The Gold Guys is a Twin Cities-based precious metal buyer that pays for the gold found in porcelain-fused crowns and large quantities of palladium. We’re dedicated to getting you a great price for your dental gold and dental work made from other precious metals. We buy from individuals and also work with dental offices with unwanted crowns or dental scrap, helping you provide this service for free to you or your patients.
Contact us today to learn more about getting a great price for your dental gold.