Determination of volume

In contrast with ‘scrap gold’ derived from old jewellery, it is difficult to determine the exact content of dental gold. In many cases the filling is contaminated with tissue or porcelain. The less contamination there is, the more accurate our estimate of the portion of dental gold. Due to the nature of dental waste material, it is impossible to give a precise valuation based only on weight. There are two reasons for this.

Firstly, the amount of roots, porcelain and other contaminants varies, and this, of course, affects the weight. Secondly, gold alloys differ greatly in composition. A yellow-gold crown has a higher gold content than a white gold crown, but this reveals nothing about the quantity of other precious metals. The purchase price of dental goods varies and never is a constant. We do, however, weigh your gold and obtain a gross dental weight.