Why the industry standard might be costing you BIG $$$... watch the video below!



How Palladium makes a huge difference in your payouts.

The Challenge you have when selling to

"conventional mobile" buyers. 

Below is an example of dental scrap (these pictures are of the same scrap) before and after cleaning. The weight after cleaning drastically differs from the weight prior.

Therefore, mobile buyers must pay a very low average when just weighing your scrap in your office without cleaning and testing it, as they have no idea of the actual weight or quantities of the precious metals they are's all guesswork.

All precious metals are bought and sold by weight, so knowing the accurate weight is critical if a buyer is to pay you accurately... but that's only half the story when it comes to getting paid accurately for your dental scrap. 

The other half of the story is whether the PFMs are precious metal bearing (high noble), semi-precious (noble), or non-precious altogether, at least if the buyer plans to pay you accurately. Again, this is more guesswork. A buyer can only accurately pay you for your dental scrap by cleaning and testing it or melting it, removing all the non-payable materials. However, estimating is the industry norm.

Bottom line...guesswork = LOW PAYOUT!

Generally, mobile buyers price dental scrap based on the worst-case scenario. When your scrap is good, they win BIG, and when it’s the worst-case scenario, they still do very well. However, this is the industry norm as they need to stay in business. This is where we at California Gold Connection have carved out a niche. 

Below is an example of yellow and white dental scrap after cleaning. Good mobile buyers will at least separate the two. However, once again, without cleaning and testing it, the yellow PFGs can sometimes be challenging to differentiate from white alloys. Often, they just get lumped in with the white alloy, and you lose once again…

I'M often asked; what can I expect from my

dental scrap?

When ask this question, as a rule of thumb, I look at two criteria; how old is your practice, and what type of alloys are you installing.

If your practice is 10 years old or older, it's likely some of the work you are extracting is work you’ve previously installed. So, depending on the alloys you are using, i.e., non-precious, semi-precious, noble, or high noble, then your scrap will follow suit, for the most part.

So, if you install mostly non-precious alloys, a large portion of your scrap will test non-precious, driving your payout down. On the other hand, if you install semi- or precious alloys, your scrap will be better overall.

Another variable is all the work you are extracting that was installed outside of your practice… as you are aware, that can be just about anything.

Please keep in mind this is all speculation, but it can give you an idea of what to expect, good or bad.



Once we receive your dental scrap, we clean it to bare metal and test each piece individually. This is a very tedious process, but it’s the fairest. We then separate the non-precious metal-bearing scrap from the precious metal-bearing scrap, test, weigh, and pay accordingly. If you send large quantities of small fragments, sweeps, dust, etc., we will melt that and test it accordingly.

So why does California Gold Connection go through all this trouble?

It's simple: We've found a way to carve out a niche in a highly competitive market. By taking the extra time to clean and test all your scrap individually, we can pay you way more than the industry norm. Our goal is to generate lifelong clients. 

We are often asked, what do we buy?

PFMs, PFGs, Crowns, Bridges, Inlays, Onlays, Partials, Gold-bearing dentures, Casting Ingots, and Sprues; basically, when in doubt, send it in, and we will test it and pay you accordingly!  


Once our cleaning and testing process is complete, we will call, text, or email you with our quote, whichever you prefer to make sure you are happy. If so, we will pay you in one of 2 ways:

  1. Cashier’s Check – Made out the name of your choice, and mailed to the address you provide.
  2. Zelle - This generally works better for smaller amounts. 

If you aren’t satisfied with our offer for some reason, we will mail your cleaned scrap back to you at our expense. Please note that your dental scrap will be unsorted when you get it back; all scrap will be in one bag. I have a painstaking process, and I'm not interested in having another buyer profit off all my hard work.

I want to thank you in advance for selecting California Gold Connection as your dental scrap buyer; we look forward to taking care of you.

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