The holidays and a recession are a bad combination for many people. The holidays call for spending, but a recession means that a lot of people just aren’t going to have the money this year. But there is a ready source of cash that many people may not realize they have — dental scrap gold — and we are not just talking about selling gold teeth. There is gold in a variety of dental appliances including bridges, crowns, inlays, onlays, and partials. Dental gold is a potential gold mine that many people have not considered.

Many people inherit dental gold from older relatives who lived at a time when it was much more common for gold and silver to be used predominantly in the construction of bridges and other dental appliances. Unlike jewelry, the inheritance of a dental appliance is pretty easily forgotten amidst the variety of items that a deceased loved one leaves behind. Now, with the price of gold skyrocketing, there is some real value in that dental scrap gold.

There are a several web sites that are actively seeking people who want to sell dental scrap gold, and they are making it very easy for the seller. Online gold buyers will provide a prepaid and insured shipping envelope or package at no cost to the seller. The seller puts the dental scrap into the package, drops it in the mail, and waits for a check. If the seller is not satisfied with the amount of the check, he/she can request that the dental scrap be returned, again at not cost to the seller. This is a virtually risk-free way to sell dental scrap gold at a satisfactory price. More often than not, the seller is pleasantly surprised by the amount of cash that they can get for gold teeth. And even if the seller isn’t satisfied with the amount of the check, the buyer will likely increase the amount to satisfy the seller. With the price of gold on the rise, this only makes sense.

The holidays don’t have to be a tough time for people who have some dental scrap gold sitting in drawers or storage boxes. The price of gold is well above the $1500/oz. mark, which makes it very worthwhile to find that dental scrap and turn it into cash for the holidays.