Buyers offer cash for gold fillings

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You might have a goldmine in your mouth.
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You might have hundreds of dollars sitting right in your mouth without even knowing it: Gold fillings and bridges can fetch a pretty penny in the cash for gold market. If you’re switching out your dental gold for more discreet porcelain fillings and crowns, make sure you bring your dental restoration home for some fast cash.

Dentist Dr. Nancy Rosen of New York said she always gives her patients the option of keeping the gold. “I always say, ‘Would you like this?’” she said. “There are some people who are like, ‘Don’t even show that to me,’ but there are some people who definitely take it.”

Rosen pointed out that dental gold isn’t the same as jewelry-grade gold: The latter is too soft for dental use. “It would have to be so thin to fit into the tooth and it would just start peeling away

Gene Furman, owner of Empire Gold Buyers, said most dental gold is between 60 to 75 percent gold. His company buys gold fillings, crowns and bridge. Furman said depending on the purity and weight, fillings are worth $100 to $300: He added that they are typically about 1/10 oz. “The more yellow the filling is, the higher the purity,” he said, adding that particularly old dental gold from Europe can even be 90 percent pure.

Bridges are another story: Furman said these weigh up to 1 1/2 oz., and generally range between $500 and $900 on the gold market. Gold buyers pay different percentages of the market price, so shoppers should choose carefully: The much maligned Cash4Gold website can pay as little as 20 percent of the market rate, for example.

Furman said his company pays 96 to 98.5 percent of the market price depending on the amount of gold the seller brings. Empire Gold Buyers is located on 370 Lexington Ave., Suite 310 in New York; customers outside of New York can mail and sell their gold to the company via EmpireGoldBuyers.com.


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