How can I reuse or recycle teeth?

TeethHeh, a bit of a weird/fun one for a change.

Apparently, the actress Scarlett Johansson had some of her wisdom teeth taken out recently and decided to get one gold-plated and put on a necklace as a birthday present for her boyfriend of six months, Ryan Reynolds.

I would totally salute this concept – if I ever have kidney stones removed and can keep them, well, fun earrings a go go! – but if Scarlett hadn’t wanted to make jewellery out of her chompers, what else could she have done with them?

The tooth fairy must have a huge stack dying for a re-use too. So any ideas?

(Photo by MadMaven/T.S.Heisele)

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10 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle teeth?”

  1. Ebren says:

    You seriously don’t want the kidney stones ~ they don’t tend to stay together for long out of the body! A bit like gall stones ~ very pretty but not much use in the long term . .

    How about dontating them to the local dental school who will put them to very good use, practical demos for the students?

  2. Kristina says:

    Please tell me I’m not the only mom who has her sons teeth in a little tupperware container, because her own mother still has her teeth in a pill container, in her jewelry box? :)

  3. Delusion says:

    I still have my two canine teeth that were taken out to “make room” they are in a pill box too. Other than interesting jewellery I cant think of anything else they could be used for.

  4. William Antonio says:


    You can use them to create a custom jewelry box. Just buy a cheap one (check these, and then with some glue start adding them around the box.

  5. Tamara says:

    wait? how could you have enough teeth to decorate a jewelry box? who’s teeth are these? what’s stashed in the basement next to the teeth?

  6. Pat says:

    There is a “dentist” at Djma El Fina in Marrakech who has a big pile of pulled teeth on a table next to his pliers. Kind of like a curious way of advertising. A man in Oklahoma was remodeling an old building, he tore out a wall and it was full of human teeth. He did some research, and a previous tenant in the building had been a dentist, he disposed of the teeth by throwing them in a hole in the wall.

  7. claire says:

    Okay, this is kind of morbid but I believe baby teeth can be used to identify dna in the case of a missing child. So if the teeth belong to you or your kid you may want to keep them in a labeled container.

  8. Gulia says:

    Keep them in a safe place. They might be of use someday for cloning.

  9. Shorty says:

    I’ve seen the front teeth made into jewelry, like a tooth sanded down to a heart shape, then the sides covered with gold, it looked like mother-of-pearl without the rainbow-y-ness.

  10. I just read The Big Issue (North West) and they ahd an article about some Bio banking of material from milk teeth similar to what can be done with an umbilical cord at the time of birth.

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