People outside the dental industry are unaware of the materials used in constructing crowns, inlays, and bridges. Few realize that palladium and platinum are even used in dentistry. While these metals add durability, they also require special handling when disposing of them. Depending on the location, the metals may be regulated or unregulated and may often require separation from other materials. For most dental facilities, the disposal process requires equipment and expertise that is not available to them. They look to companies specializing in refining dental scrap to help.
You may not think there is much profit in extracting precious metals from dental scrap unless you follow the metal market. Gold and palladium can sell for over $1,800 per troy ounce. Even a quarter of an ounce can return hundreds of dollars. For those in the dental industry, receiving added revenue while reducing regulatory burdens makes dental scrap refining appealing.