Each year, Drs. Martin and Appelblatt extract thousands of teeth. If a patient requests to keep their extracted teeth they are always offered them (cleaned!) as keepsakes, but most patients prefer to not take them home. Much of the time the teeth that we are extracting have had significant dental work and have crowns or inlays. Many of these restorative materials contain small amounts of precious metals, such as gold. There are companies who specialize in removing and purifying these precious metals from teeth so that the metals can be reused and sold. Alone, the materials from each extracted tooth is worth very little, but when combined with the thousands of other teeth we extract every year, it can add up to a substantial amount.
Tahoe Oral Surgery and Implant Center feels that this money should be used for the good of our community, so each year we donate the entirety of these funds to families in need for Christmas. We generally collect between 500 and 1000 dollars from extracted crowns each year. Teaming up with local family resource centers, we are matched to two families (one in South Lake and one in Truckee) in need of Christmas magic.
This year, our adopted Truckee family is getting much needed baby supplies and a specialized stroller to help with a two year old son and infant twins!