Extracting The Most Common Dental Scrap Metals

June 17, 2020

Over the past several years, dental scraps have been an unlikely source of income in the dental industry. As an important component of dentures, they are worth a substantial amount when converted into their pure metal form.

You can gain a profit from two sources: walk-in buyers and established refineries. Unlike walk-in buyers, refinery companies extract the metal content and appraise the value, guaranteeing you profits based on scientific measurements.

Precious Metals From Dental Refining

Extracting metal from dental scraps requires several processes, including melting, assaying, and analysis. After a series of tests using rigorous controls, the sender is then informed of the metal content and their respective values.

The main metal/metal alloys that make up dental scraps include the following:

  • Gold
    This metal is one of the more valuable types used in dental fixtures, particularly crowns. The gold that can be derived from scraps is recycled into gold plating for a great number of products.
  • Palladium
    This silvery-white metal is usually utilized when a tooth is beyond the “drill and fill treatment.” Palladium is a precious element that is used in jewelry and electronics.
  • Platinum
    Platinum is renowned for its malleability. It is sought after for crowns because of its durability. It is also highly in-demand for jewelry and technological equipment.
  • Silver
    Just like other crown materials, silver is just as valued for its versatility. It is also used in jewelry and certain appliances.

Locating any of these metals is a treasure trove for any refinery, and they are willing to pay a handsome amount for each trace of these metals.

Tips for Safe Collection of Materials 

There is a required protocol to be followed when passing your scraps to refineries.

Make sure you follow these tips for the dental scraps that you are turning over:

  1. Check to see if your scrap collection includes amalgam or mercury. These can endanger the environment.
  2. Ensure your scraps do not contain fine powder. In some states, the fine powder is considered hazardous waste.
  3. Place the metal scrap in a thoroughly sealed container.
  4. Make sure the material is in a spill-proof position before transport.

By utilizing the proper disposal protocols and relying on only bonafide refineries for metal valuation, you will be able to provide additional revenue for your practice. Get in touch with an established refinery today.