Dental Gold Recycling Matters

We believe in protecting the environment as good as we can and part as our obligation is recycling dental gold. 


It’s interesting to think of how much money people may be carrying around in their mouths, in the form of dental gold. Many people also hold onto their filling after it is taken out or falls out, thinking it may be worth some money. They would be correct, depending on the size of the filling and the ratio it shares with non-precious metals of which it is composed. The average gold filling can be around 16 karat gold, which may be worth about $65. But if you want to sell your filling, you need to remember that it’s not pure gold, and that the buyer will have to process it in order to get the gold out of it. 

Another aspect of dental gold recycling has to do with the dentist’s office itself. A dentist’s office will install a great number of gold fillings and other iterations over the course of a year. Considering how much one filling can be worth, it would be a considerable waste of money not to recoup any leftover pieces at a dentist’s office. Scraps on the floor can be worth a lot over that period of time. In addition to the financial consideration, there is also the environmental aspect. Gold is a precious metal that is so prized that it sets a standard for money value on the market. Such a valuable commodity should be returned to production as much as possible. 

In order to process the pieces and glean the valuable parts, dental entities have a few different options. They can go through multiple processes to take out the different elements until they get to the gold and precious metals, or they can utilize what is called primary refining, sort of one-stop shopping for obtaining those valuable parts. Whatever way is used to take out that metal, it is wonderful to have a recovery that is beneficial in multiple ways, especially if one beneficiary is environmental.

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