On the metal in dental work and how some dentists lie about it.

I had a crown that my last dentist told me was a 'Platinum crown'. After it came loose, was reinstalled then came out again, I stopped using that dentist. Eventually I sent the crown along with some gold jewelry into a dental refiner suggested by the dental school I now use for dental work. While the jewelry I sent was indeed gold, and they paid me a fair market price for it all, the crown was worth nothing. It was not made of platinum or any noble metal. Its $600 price was all labor it seems. Now the dental school I'm using is putting in some 'gold' crowns and they tell me the metal cost alone is $200 per crown, which does not sound correct. From what I've read here the real value is likely under $50?

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