Is dentist obligated to return patient's gold crown of extracted tooth?
April 5, 2012 10:27 AM Subscribe
Is dentist required to return a gold crown of extracted molar to patient?
posted by kartguy to health & fitness (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
X-rays show that a back molar (#31) has decayed areas under gold crown and bone around the tooth has receded. The molar has a gold crown covering over 50% of the tooth. Dentist recommends pulling tooth and having bone graft done. The cost of extraction and graft will be about $1,000.00.
The dentist has mentioned nothing about returning my gold crown. Is it mine to keep or is it typical that dentists keep the used gold for their benefit? With today's price of gold, is this an issue I should raise with dentist or is the amount of gold so trivial in a crown it's a 'nit-pik' issue?