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charles007

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I'm looking for recommendations for semi-precious metal for crown n bridge. I've been using Euro from Argen forever. But am now looking for something less expensive for a new client .
I agree with Doug, plus I think casting inhouse is now old school in the digital age. With the higher cost of alloys, stocking cost of high priced alloys, extra labor and materials, todays small lab may want to rethink casting inhouse. Can't imagine Pd or Au ever again dropping back in the $300 to $500. range. My go to Noble alloy has been Jensens Superior and earlier used Agens Argelite 61. These are, were, great lower cost Noble alloys until Pd hit the roof. Even with the Density so low its still high cost to cast at todays Pd price. Low Au, HN lower Density alloys are more practically $$ wise over Noble at this time of metal prices.
Never tried Pt Plus, but looks interesting.
Look at SLM for your pfms needs which is improved from years ago, and milled alloys. Personally I would stop casing inhouse and convince doctors to go metal free, using premium zirconias and LD. For those doctors still doing Pfms/Full cast crowns, use milled alloys and SLM using HN, N, or NP/Base. Not the greatest fan of printed/DPM even though I've used for years with good results.
 
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I agree with Doug, plus I think casting inhouse is now old school in the digital age. With the higher cost of alloys, stocking cost of high priced alloys, extra labor and materials, todays small lab may want to rethink casting inhouse. Can't imagine Pd or Au ever again dropping back in the $300 to $500. range. My go to Noble alloy has been Jensens Superior and earlier used Agens Argelite 61. These are, were, great lower cost Noble alloys until Pd hit the roof. Even with the Density so low its still high cost to cast at todays Pd price. Low Au, HN lower Density alloys are more practically $$ wise over Noble at this time of metal prices.
Never tried Pt Plus, but looks interesting.
Look at SLM for your pfms needs which is improved from years ago, and milled alloys. Personally I would stop casing inhouse and convince doctors to go metal free, using premium zirconias and LD. For those doctors still doing Pfms/Full cast crowns, use milled alloys and SLM using HN, N, or NP/Base. Not the greatest fan of printed/DPM even though I've used for years with good results.
I agree. But some things SLM cant do. Cant do Richmand type crown. And I have yet to get the marginal integrity or fit with SLM that I can get with milled or hand waxing. And the surface texture sorta reminds me of Mich. roads. I'll still do SLM but for my own peace of mind
( what little I have left) I want to know how to cast it.
 
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JMN

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I agree. But some things SLM cant do. Cant do Richmand type crown. And I have yet to get the marginal integrity or fit with SLM that I can get with milled or hand waxing. And the surface texture sorta reminds me of Mich. roads. I'll still do SLM but for my own peace of mind
( what little I have left) I want to know how to cast it.
Hadn't heard of a Richmand crown. What is it for/do?
 
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Hadn't heard of a Richmand crown. What is it for/do?
Its when you combine both a post and coping/crown as one unit. Or at least that is what I have always known it to be called. Then again that Greek guy I was working for back then could have just made up this name.
 
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