• You wanna see my WHAAAT?

    I wanna see your grillz! - Rappzula
  • Most of that gold comes courtesy of the UNC School of Dentistry, circa 1974-5. Holding up pretty well, too.
  • This one was chipped almost to the nerve in a bike accident when I was 9 years old. But the cap is on a living tooth. In fact, all 32 of my teeth are alive. Never had one pulled. Never had a root canal. [Correction on 30 October 2009... see the note on the far right.]
  • When they did all this work at the UNC Dental School, they noted that I had a "long arch" with lots of room for my wisdom teeth, which is one reason I still have them.
  • Some of the few remaining dark hairs on my face. These have mostly gone gray now too.
  • This one had a root canal on 30 October 2009. My first dead tooth. $1350. The crown it will get is estimated to cost the same.


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An illustration for this post here. Most of this work was done at the UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, by dental students John Berry and Steve Herring. It's held up. I have all 32 of my original teeth, and they are all alive.

Jan Tik, znarf, irina slutsky, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Stitch 109 months ago | reply

    rawr! wonder if they will last a lifetime.

  2. Stewart 109 months ago | reply

    Images like this are why photography was invented.

  3. Jan Tik 109 months ago | reply

    Damn, I have say something again. I have never in my wildest dreams thought I would make a picture of the inside of someone's mouth a favorite. But this is such an exceptional photo I could not resist. Great job!

  4. dsearls 109 months ago | reply

    If gold crowns last only 20 years, how come most of these are between 30 and 31 years old?

    Credits, by the way, go to the dental school at the University of North Carolina, where nearly all the work was done.

  5. matazza 103 months ago | reply

    Gold in one's mouth is very sexy!

  6. pizzo 97 months ago | reply

    Because of its physical properties, dentists find gold to be a very workable metal. This characteristic helps a dentist to be able to achieve a very precise fit with the crown.

    Since they are metal through and through, gold crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well. They will not chip. It would be uncharacteristic for a gold crown to break. Of all of the types of dental crowns, gold crowns probably have the greatest potential for lasting the longest.

    Although they are very strong, the wear rate of a gold crown is about the same as tooth enamel. This means that a gold dental crown won't create excessive wear on the teeth it opposes (the teeth it bites against).

    I have a few myself in the back of my mouth!

  7. metalmikey 97 months ago | reply

    I thought I was the only person on the face of the earth with that much metal!
    Ive had almost every single tooth root canaled!!!
    I only hope that mine last as long as yours have


  8. Chris Locke 90 months ago | reply

    The better to EAT YOU WITH!

  9. mwehmeier 90 months ago | reply

    Well.. my gold crowns lasted nearly 25 years when all of a sudden an entire 4 tooth bridge broke about 3 months ago. So we are now in the process of reconstructing my entire upper and lower bite. At the moment I look like a bag lady in need of a jaw transplant. Hopefully by Christmas I'll have an entire new jaw line... Now if a face lift would come with it... I'd be in heaven.

  10. templedmdstudent 83 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Dental School, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
    Seeing as I am in Dental School right now and these came from a dental school, I would be honored. I made one for myself recently:
    Gold tooth
    Also gold is the BEST thing you can put in the back of the mouth!!

  11. EsideBmore 74 months ago | reply

    I love you. I want to hug you so hard! I have fillings almost all the same teeth but mine are black =( I really...really.....REALLY want to get porcilin veneers on the backs and the fronts. And 1 single bright shiny gold tooth right in the front baby. My teeth have been messed up for years. All day i fantasize about the perfect grill. YOU RULE!

  12. glennmopar 63 months ago | reply

    Wow, those crowns look great, the dental school did
    a great job.
    I have almost the same amount of crowns in my mouth and some them are 25-30 years old .And they have held
    up well

  13. roadswagga2011 19 months ago | reply

    I can have all that done but 2 things are gonna happen: 1- Divorce my wife and be single again and focus on ME!!!! and 2- The dentist have 2 knock me out 2 the point i can't feel nothing until i wake, and pop pain pills until it goes away.

  14. solstar177040 11 months ago | reply

    Wow there's gold in them thar hill 's !

  15. LanceTankmen 7 months ago | reply

    People that come in to our Lethbridge dental offices always want gold fillings haha.

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