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AADOM QUICKcast: Getting the Most Out of Your Dental Scrap

Video Description:

Whether you already work with a dental scrap refiner or are still looking for a reputable supplier, you’re gonna wanna watch this! Michael Sherbekow, Core Scientific’s Head of Sales and Purchasing, will help you learn more about the ins-and-outs of dental scrap refining, and everything you need to know to make the most of your dental scrap recycling program to maximize the economic and environmental benefits during this QUICKcast.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • What dental scrap refining consists of
  • The economic and environmental benefits of dental scrap refining
  • How to avoid the middlemen
  • How to ensure you are working with a direct refiner
  • Various techniques refiners use to analyze dental materials pros and cons
  • Dental materials that can and cannot be recycled

Sponsored by: Core Scientific

Getting the Most Out of Your Dental Scrap

Dental scrap refining refers to the process of extracting and refining precious metals, such as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, from dental scrap materials like old crowns, bridges, PFMs, and fillings.

Dental restorations contain these precious metals, and through the refining process, they can be recycled and reused. This refining process involves the separation of metals from other materials, such as roots, porcelain, or resin, followed by a melt and assay procedure which enables the refiner to provide a detailed analysis of the precious metal contents. Along with the many scrap materials refiners do recycle, various items may not be accepted particularly items like amalgam that may contain mercury or other materials that could be classified as hazardous.

Economic and Environmental Benefits of Dental Scrap Refining

The importance of dental scrap refining lies in its economic and environmental benefits. By refining and recycling dental scrap, precious metals can be recovered, reducing the need for mining new resources and decreasing the overall environmental impact of metal extraction. This also prevents the scrap from sitting in landfills.

Dental offices and laboratories can also generate additional revenue by recycling their dental scrap, which can offset costs and contribute to a more sustainable dental practice.

Overall, dental scrap refining promotes resource conservation, environmental responsibility, and economic efficiency within the dental industry. 

Why Use a Direct Refiner?

Using a direct refiner to recycle dental scrap is crucial for several reasons:

  • A direct refiner offers a more transparent and efficient process compared to other recycling methods. Dental offices and laboratories can send their scrap materials directly to the refiner, eliminating intermediaries and ensuring a direct and secure transaction. This streamlined approach reduces the chances of misplacement or mishandling of valuable metals, providing peace of mind to dental professionals.
  • Direct metal refining guarantees accurate and reliable metal assessments. Refiners employ advanced techniques, such as Fire Assay and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis, to determine the exact composition and value of the dental scrap. This ensures that the dentist or dental laboratory receives fair compensation for their materials and that the materials are not damaged during the refining process.
  • Middlemen who buy dental scrap for cash on the spot usually pay an average of 70% less than a direct refiner because they can only eyeball potential precious metals with a quick exam and therefore must rely on a conservative and speculative pricing model. Direct refiners rely on scientific analysis instead of conservative speculation enabling them to provide significantly higher returns.
  • Direct refiners provide a higher level of transparency by providing assay reports which break down the results of the analysis. The level of detail will vary from one refiner to the next, so it’s important for dental industry professionals to research prospective suppliers to ensure a sufficient level of transparency is present.

By using a direct metal refiner dental professionals benefit from transparency, accuracy, and enhanced security and reporting. Direct refiners’ innovative processes make them a valuable asset in efficient and sustainable dental scrap recycling.

Core Scientific is proud to be known as AADOM’s Official Dental Refiner and we look forward to continuing to educate and support dental office management. To learn more about our precious metal refining service visit us at or contact us directly at 877-308-2388.

Learn about the presenter:

Michael is a proud husband, father, and passionate professional with expertise in the field of precious metal refining. With an extensive background in finance, Michael transitioned to the world of precious metals in 2011 and currently serves as the Head of Sales and Purchasing for Core Scientific, a respected precious metal refinery based in Cary, IL. He has spoken at conferences worldwide, sharing valuable insights on refining dental scrap metals and its positive impact on our environment. Michael is committed to sustainability and ethical practices and brings expertise and dedication to his work.

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