Don’t Throw Out! Reasons to Keep your PFM crowns

Help Me, Help You!

Every time I speak with a customer, I ask, “What can Core Scientific do to assist you?” In one of my recent conversations, my customer responded, “You are in a unique position to help us help ourselves, by educating us about our dental crown scrap. In the past, I was throwing away our PFM (Porcelain Fused to Metal) dental crowns, not knowing that this scrap was worth anything. I didn’t stop until I spoke with you.”

Believe it or not, this is a common conversation with customers. They had been throwing away the PFM or “white” crowns for years, missing out on the value they could get from the precious metals.

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As a leading refiner, I want to share our knowledge about the value of PFM crowns. Depending on the porcelain used, some crowns may not contain precious metals (like chromium) however, many times they do (and it’s quite valuable). Although these are not quite as valuable as a gold crown they still have significant value.

How do you know if the PFM crown has precious metals?

Well, this isn’t something you can tell with the naked eye. Many dentists are unaware if the dental crowns contain precious metals without sending them to a refiner.

  • A refiner has the processes in place to test and accurately extract the most precious metals out of the dental crown. This is not true of cash buyers who come into your office. Typically cash buyers pay “pennies on the dollar” on this type of material, and make huge margins for themselves.
  • Without an in-house laboratory, they can’t give you a definite on a number of precious metals in your crowns. And many times, they tell you “there aren’t any precious metals in there” however will turn around and send to us. Taking all of the value that should be going to you. Lots of customers get shortchanged because they are unaware.

That’s why the best way is to collect the crowns, in one of our free shipping containers, and send it to us. We take care of the shipping costs and provide a complimentary return label.

Do not throw away! Collect. Send. Refine. Get A Higher Return.

 

 

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