By now you are probably selling your dental crowns one of two ways:
a.) “Cash buyer” This is a person that comes into your office or a location that evaluates your dental scrap, and gives you cash on the spot.
b.) “Refiner” This is a local or national precious metals refiner that you send your dental scrap to. After performing a fire assay and extracting the precious metals, from the scrap, sends you a return based on the amount of the retrieved metals.
Selling locally, to a cash buyer or pawnshop, may seem like the best option however as more and more of these outlets and individuals spring up, they are taking more of the value of your dental scrap, for themselves.
The biggest disadvantages to selling locally are:
- With gold crowns, the buyer can’t be sure of the purity of the precious metals. So they can only provide a price based on the lowest estimate that they think it contains. Plus they don’t pay you on the palladium and silver content either.
- In the case of PFM (Porcelain Fused to Metal) or “white” crowns, without a fire assay performed in a lab, it’s impossible for them to know if any of the PFM is precious metals. So in cases where there is, they typically only pay out 10% of the value.
Work with a “refiner”
- Cut Out The Middleman
When you do business with a refiner you are in effect “cutting out the middleman.” Most local cash buyers and pawn shops just turn around and send your dental scrap to refining companies, like us. So why not just send it to a refiner on your own and get the better payout rate for yourself?
- An Exact Analysis of Your Dental Scrap
The benefit of working with most refiners is that you will receive the classic fire assay. With Core Scientific, we go a step further with a multi-step process:
- Initial screening of your material
- Primary melt
- Classic Fire Assay
- Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) – Mass Spectrometry.
This scientific testing documents exactly what type and quantity of precious metals your dental scrap contains. This means you get paid the maximum on your material. And not just for the gold, but also for the other precious metals found in PFM such as (platinum, palladium, silver).
You greatly benefit by working with a refiner. Choose the right refiner. Learn more about Core Scientific and why our customers continue to use us.