What happens to gold teeth after cremation?

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Cremation is an increasingly popular choice when someone dies. This begs the question: what happens to metals — such as gold teeth — that are not burned in the cremation process?

According to a Bamboozled column on NJ.com, exactly what happens to these metals isn’t always readily disclosed by funeral homes and crematoriums. And with the price of gold at more than $1,230 an ounce, consumers should know their rights to such items.