How to Sell Gold Dental Fillings

By Brian Adler

  • Overview

    Scrap gold is always in demand. Unwanted gold jewelry can be melted down and re-cast. Gold foil, wires, electronics components and industrial fittings find a ready market among dealers. The old metal is fashioned into new objects. Many dental fillings also contain gold. The yellow metal can be extracted and sold as scrap. Here are some guidelines to selling this precious metal.
    Gold dental fillings
    • Step 1

      Obtain a gold dental filling. Fillings sometimes fall out, or must be removed by a dentist. Examine yours closely. Not all fillings are gold. Silver fillings are actually made of a material known as composite. These contain no gold. White fillings are made of a combination of plastic and bits of ground glass. These too contain no gold. Fillings differ from caps or crowns in that they are mere coverings for cavities. They do not sit on top of the tooth, but instead fill the empty spaces left by tooth decay. Gold fillings are irregular in shape and size.
    • Step 2

      Weigh your gold filling on a gram scale. Gold is sold by the gram or the Troy oz. The Troy oz. is an old unit of measure that is still used for precious metals. There are 31.1 grams in a Troy oz. Check your filling's value against the spot price of gold. The spot price of gold is derived from the current selling price of gold on major exchanges such as NYMEX and MONEX. The price of gold changes from moment to moment during the course of the trading day. Try to sell your gold dental fillings when prices are highest.


    • Step 3

      Bring your gold dental fillings to a reputable scrap gold dealer. Dealers like U.S. Gold Buyers offer same day insured pick up of your scrap gold. The company also posts its prices online according to the fineness and weight of the gold you offer for sale. Dealers, such as Midwest Refiners, do not charge fees for assaying and melting. Your gold dental fillings must be assayed to determine the true gold content. Pure gold is 24 karats. Your filling will probably contain a mixture of mostly gold with a variety of other metals. It will likely be fewer than 24 karats. The price quote will be for the amount of gold and any other valuable materials.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Tip: Online dealers are fine for the small amounts of gold that are found in gold dental fillings. They offer quick payment and convenient service. Jewelers and small local dealers may not wish to deal in gold dental fillings.
    • Warning:
    • Always shop around. Some dealers pay more than the expected value, while others pay below the spot price.

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