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South Koreans ‘selling tooth implants’ as gold prices rise


The soaring price of gold is resulting in the selling-off of dental implants. The soaring price of gold is resulting in the selling-off of dental implants by cash-strapped South Koreans, it has been reported.

According to AFP, South Koreans with unwanted gold teeth are selling their cosmetic dentistry work on the back of a sharp rise in the trading price of the precious metal.

Speaking to the news source, chief executive officer of metals dealer Gold Seven Nam Seung-Woo said that his firm is being sold "far more" gold teeth than usual and noted that over the past month, more than 100 people have sold his company gold teeth, crowns or fillings.

As well as this, the gold dealer explained he is receiving up to ten emails per day from people keen to find out how much their gold cosmetic dentistry is worth.

According to AFP, a gold crown can fetch up to 100,000 won (£55) depending on size and condition.

Gold dental implants are popular among celebrity cosmetic dentistry customers, with rapper Nelly one of the most famous wearers of precious metal teeth.


Churchill’s dentures fetch £16k at auction


Winston Churchill's teeth show how far cosmetic dentistry has come.Any famous people having dental implants fitted may be inspired to keep their original dentures after Winston Churchill's fetched a surprising amount at auction.

The former prime minister's gold false teeth went under the hammer at London auctioneers Bonham's this week and the lucky winning bidder paid a cool £16,000 for them.

Bonham's spokesperson Lionel Willis told AFP they were made to correct a slight speech impediment that the war leader had, since he had experienced problems with public speaking due to a lisp since childhood.

The expert added that some of Churchill's most famous orations "could have been made over the top of these teeth – I think that's a rather spooky feeling".

Another pair of his dentures sold for a similar amount last year.

In August 2010, the Baltimore Museum in Maryland unveiled a display containing George Washington’s dentures to showcase just how much cosmetic dentistry has progressed.


Are old people in London getting dental implants?


Are old people in London getting dental implants?Elderly people in London may be among those who find they require dental implants.

A new report by Frost & Sullivan explained an aging baby boomer population is fuelling the cosmetic dentistry market.

It added older individuals also have a higher level of expectation about medical care.

Thanks to innovative technologies – such as lasers and dental implants – the demand for procedures is easier to meet.

"As people age, there is a greater demand for dental restorations and implants, bolstering the dental implants market worldwide," the paper stated.

The research also suggested patients in developed countries – such as the UK – may find it a lot easier to access oral healthcare than those in poorer locations.

Further demand for dental implants in London may be driven by a fad that has been recently spotted overseas.

AFP reported people in South America are getting their gnashers pulled out, all in the name of fashion.

Speaking to the news provider, a dentist said he had to make thousands of dental implants for these individuals to wear on special occasions and to work.ADNFCR-2621-ID-19402186-ADNFCR

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