Before you even think of biting into crab, lobster or any other delicious shellfish. STOP! Your tooth is a poor choice at breaking through the shell. Stress on your teeth causes cracks in the enamel. While unnoticed to you, the cracks and fissures may cause a piece of tooth to separate and fall off (often at a later date when you are not even expecting it).
We commonly treat this type of damage with a crown versus a filling. A filling can repair the gap left behind by the missing piece of tooth; however, it cannot restore the tooth's strength. The remaining tooth could continue to crack and deteriorate, costing you more time and money. The crown actually restores the strength of the tooth, withstanding stress from chewing and minimizing further damage. Now it’s up to you to stop cracking shellfish with your teeth!