Organ donation from cadavers for dental (non-life saving) purposes. Main issue – can you derive benefit from a corpse for non-life saving needs (nivul ha-meis, hana’ah mi-meis, halanas ha-meis)? Leans toward leniency but a major factor is that the prohibition against benefiting from a gentile cadaver is of rabbinic origin.
Does not address whether Jews may donate their own bones and tissue for this non-life saving procedure. Another issue is whether a kohen may have such a procedure. Possible leniency based on a responsum of R. Moshe Feinstein.
The author presented these issues to R. J. David Bleich, R. Dovid Cohen, R. Yisroel Belsky, R. Dovid Feinstein, R. Moshe Tendler, R. Asher Weiss and Eretz Hemdah.
All were lenient for one reason or another, sometimes requiring specific procedures.