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Dear Dr. Kaufmann,

i have an old bridge that fell out of my mouth about 7 years ago; it was replacing 4 teeth; it has a post on the second tooth and is cantaluvered ( can't spell it ) so that it only attaches to one tooth; i guess it is worth about 70.00 for the gold and i would like to sell it because i could use the money; at the same time ( i am a writer ), if i sell a writing project i could use it to attach to an implant  maybe? i tried to ask a dentist in town but i was just getting a sales job and i don"t know  anyone i could trust to give me an honest answer...can you help?  thank you for any advise you can give me.
lost in Santa Barbara

Dear Guadalupe:
I understand your dilemma.  The most important thing is to find a dentist whom you can trust.  Thus should help you...
This is only one of the many companies who will be happy to recycle your gold for you:
As to a good dentist... the best I can recommend is to go in heed the advice of the expert, the Prosthodontist. will have a link to a prosthodontist near you.
Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman


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Zev Kaufman, D.D.S.


I can answer any question from simple routine dentistry to very complex dentistry with emphasis on reconstructive, cosmetic, and implant dentistry. My expertise is in co-ordination of very complex treatment plans with other dental specialists or as a one-man-team, since I have extensive training in Prosthodontics, Surgical Implantology, and orthodontics.


Over a decade in private practice of Surgical Implantology and Prosthodontics. Founder and owner of Prosthodontics & Implant Surgery of Manhattan, PC. Clinical Assistant Professor at the Post-Graduate Department of Periodontics & Implant Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry. Lecture weekly since 1999 on advanced Implant Prosthodontics at New York University College of Dentistry Post-Graduate Program in Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Former clinical assistant professor of Dental Radiology at the NYU College of Dentistry. Former clinical and lecture faculty at Lincoln Hospital, Dental residency program. Former clinical and lecture faculty at St. Barnabas Hospital (Bronx, NY) dental residency program. Lecture nationally on Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry.

Memeber of the American College of Prosthodontics. Memeber of the Acacdemy of Osseointegration. Member or the Omikron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Honors Dental Society. Member of the American Dental Education Association.

Graduated with Honors from New York University College of Dentistry. Post-Graduate training and certificate in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Post-Graduate training and ceritificate in Surgical and Prosthetic Implant Dentistry. Honors-program in Comprehensive and Applied Practice Management. Honors-program in Orthodontics.

Awards and Honors
NYU Cervice award to the community. OKU honor society. National Dean's List. National Who's Who.

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