I went to the dentist and he told me I needed a root canal. I'm a broke college student and I couldn't afford the entire procedure. So I used my skills in jewelry making and design to solve the problem: I'll make my own cap using my grandfathers old gold teeth. Here we go.
Original impression of my teeth. The blue portion is where the cap will go.
Mold of the impression. The gold portion is the tooth where the cap will go.
Everything together. This is what it looked like in my mouth.
Mold separated for working.
Wax was built up on the mold and then carved to make the shape of the tooth.
I used a dental anatomy book to give me an idea for the shape, size, and chompability for the new wax mold.
This is the finished wax mold and is ready to be casted.
When the casting mold and grandpa's gold teeth had been prepared it was time to cast it. This is a centrifugal casting machine. I heated the gold up to a liquid state and the machine spins, forcing the gold into the mold.
This is the cast gold after it's been removed from the mold.
After some cutting, filing, and polishing here is the finished gold cap. I took it to the dentist and had him install it. It's still in my mouth and I feel a great connection to my grandfather.