Dental scrap involves a range of materials recovered from dental practices and laboratories. Scrap that contains precious metals have value and can be sold to bring in additional revenue for dentist offices and other dental-related companies.

What is Dental Scrap?

Dental scrap is defined by any extraction, dental work or dental gold that contains precious metals. This includes broken crowns, bridges, PFMs, PFGs or other precious or semi-precious material that appears either gold or silver in color. Silver-colored material might include platinum or palladium, two commonly used elements during fabrication.

Dental scrap does not include partials or amalgam. The metal framework of a partial is typically made of chrome and nickel. While amalgam contains silver, it also has mercury, which is considered a hazardous waste.

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Gold crowns, gold inlay

Working with Dental Scrap Metal

Often times dental scrap contains bone, teeth, or porcelain that is directly bonded to the metal alloy. During the refining process, these impurities drop out and we are left with a homogenous bar of precious metal containing gold, silver, platinum and/or palladium. It is unnecessary to separate the metal from impurities on your scrap.

List of Items Considered to be Dental Scrap

Dental scrap consists of any material (used or unused) containing a value higher than the costs associated with processing and recycling it. We pay cash for the following materials recovered from dental practices and laboratories:

  • Dental Sweeps: A broader range of dental waste materials, including particles and residues collected from dental office floors, sinks, and workstations, often containing small amounts of precious metals.
  • Gold Crowns: Dental crowns made predominantly of gold, used for restoring damaged teeth. Gold is favored for its durability, biocompatibility, and ease of work.
  • Gold Bridges: Dental bridges made primarily of gold, used to replace missing teeth by anchoring to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
  • Silver Crowns: Dental crowns fabricated primarily from silver or silver alloys, providing a cost-effective alternative to gold for tooth restoration.
  • Silver Bridges: Made primarily of silver or silver alloys, offering a more affordable option for replacing missing teeth.
  • Platinum Crowns: Dental crowns made using platinum, known for its superior strength and resistance to corrosion, making it an excellent material for long-lasting dental restorations.
  • Platinum Bridges: Dental bridges constructed with platinum, chosen for its exceptional durability and resistance to wear, ideal for long-term dental replacements.
  • Palladium Crowns: Dental crowns composed largely of palladium, a precious metal known for its strength, lightness, and hypoallergenic properties, often used as an alternative to gold or platinum.
  • Palladium Bridges: Dental bridges made predominantly from palladium, valued for its strength, lower density compared to platinum, and hypoallergenic characteristics.
  • Mixed Precious Metal Dental Work: Dental restorations that incorporate a combination of precious metals like gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, often to balance cost with performance.
  • Bridges: Dental prosthetics used to replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring to adjacent teeth or implants. They can be made from various materials, including precious metals, alloys, or ceramics.
  • PFM’s (Porcelain Fused Metal): Dental crowns or bridges combining a metal base (often a precious metal) with a porcelain exterior, offering the strength of metal and the aesthetic appeal of porcelain.
  • PFG’s (Porcelain Fused Gold): A specific type of PFM where the metal base is gold, combining the aesthetic appeal of porcelain with the durability and biocompatibility of gold.
  • Inlays: Dental restorations made to fit within the cusps of a tooth, often crafted from gold, porcelain, or composite materials, used to repair tooth decay or damage.
  • Onlays: Similar to inlays, but covering one or more cusps of a tooth, providing more extensive coverage and support. They can be made of gold, porcelain, or composites.
  • Caps: Another term for dental crowns, which fully cover a damaged tooth for protection and restoration. Caps can be made from gold, porcelain, and other dental materials.
  • Gold Partials: Partial dentures that use gold as a base or framework, providing strength and durability, often combined with other materials for the teeth portions.
  • Casting Grain: Small, granular pieces of metal (often precious metals like gold or silver) used in dental and jewelry casting processes to create crowns, bridges, and other items.
  • Polishings: Refers to the fine particles and residues collected after polishing dental restorations and appliances, often containing trace amounts of precious metals.
  • Gold Jewelry: Ornaments or adornments made primarily of gold, ranging from necklaces and bracelets to rings and earrings, valued for gold’s aesthetic appeal, workability, and cultural significance.



Valuing Dental Scrap

The precious metal market has experienced growth in recent years and is expected to increase to more than $445.7 billion by 2033.1 We believe this makes it an excellent time to sell your dental scrap.

How Much is Dental Gold Scrap Worth

It can be difficult to determine what your dental gold scrap metal is worth because of the precious metals mixed in. However, Cash for Dental Scrap makes selling that scrap painless. We purchase anything containing gold, silver, platinum or palladium. So, you can send your materials to us, and our experts will evaluate the precious metals content and make you an offer on the totality of the valuable metals.

Is the Metal in Dental Partials Worth Anything?

It can be. If the partials have a yellowish color, they might contain gold, but they are usually made of chrome and nickel.

Don’t dispose of your dental scrap — it could be worth a significant sum.The best way to determine the worth of your dental scrap is to request a free Appraisal Kit, and we’ll ship you our secure, prepaid, fully-insured envelope so you can send in your dental scrap without any hassle. Within 24 hours of receiving your mailer, we’ll send you an offer electronically. When you accept the offer, we’ll send out your payment within 24 hours. And, if you decline, we will return your material free of charge.

What is the Dental Scrap Price?

The dental scrap price is not like the price of gold or silver. It can be challenging to determine the price of dental scrap due to several factors:

  • The value of dental scrap materials, such as gold, silver, and platinum, fluctuates based on market demand and metal prices.
  • The purity and quantity of the materials in the dental scrap can vary, affecting its overall value.
  • The process of refining and extracting precious metals from dental scrap can also impact its price.

It’s important to consult with reputable dental scrap buyers, like Cash for Dental Scrap, to get an accurate assessment of the scrap’s value.

Let us show you how Cash for Dental Scrap can make top offers for your gold-, silver-, platinum-, and palladium-bearing materials. We offer you an amount that’s in line with what the material is actually worth. Why sell your Dental Scrap to an agent who has to pay brokerage and refining fees when you can cut out the middleman and sell it directly to us for its true value?

FAQS About Dental Scrap

Why do people buy dental scrap?

Dental scrap buyers like Cash for Dental Scrap buy it because it often contains several precious metals, not just gold. Because the materials are being refined and ultimately recycled, it is good for the environment because it reduces the demand for newly mined metals.

What do dentists do with gold crowns they remove?

Dentists can melt down the gold crowns and use the metal for another patient, or they can send the crowns to dental scrap buyers like us.

Can you sell porcelain teeth?

Porcelain does not have the value that metals do. However, porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFMs) might hold some value depending upon the metal content.

Is dental metal worth anything?

Yes, if it contains gold, silver, platinum, or palladium. Cash for Dental Scrap buys these kinds of precious metals.

1. yahoo!finance – Precious Metal Market to Hit US$ 445.76 Billion by 2033: Fact.MR Report, Retrieved Jan. 17, 2024

About Cash for Dental Scrap

Cash for Dental Scrap is a prominent online buyer of dental scrap, as well as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, in the United States. Since 2005, we have paid millions to customers for their scrap metals. We offer a quick and straightforward selling process, ensuring customers receive prompt and competitive offers for their materials. Learn more about us or request your free Appraisal Kit now to start selling dental scrap.