Well...to make a long story short..I had a root canal done on my right back lower molar in January. The dentist filled it with a temp. filling and wanted me to let it heal for 4 to 6 weeks before fitting me for the temp. crown...(and wait for the stupid insurance to approve the whole thing). Anyways...it was doing just great until I bit into a gritty thing (unexpectedly) in the clam strip I was eating. I heard a crack and the tooth was hurting me. I went to get it checked out today and the x-ray showed the tooth is cracked all the way down to the jaw bone.....luckily though...it made a Z ...and missed the "root canal area" , whatever that means? Anyways.....he said I could try and have the perm. crown placed...but he can't promise that there isn't a microscopic crack near the root area. He said if that's the case......the tooth may end up hurting again and have to be pulled anyways. So..I can chance that or just have the thing pulled and either leave it (think trailer park hillbilly) or I can have it pulled and do a two or three tooth bridge????, or have a dental implant placed. He's also not promising that he can get the tooth out....hence, I would be referred to an oral surgeon. All of this is soooo unfortunate and I just don't know what to do. If I go ahead with the (500 dollar) crown and it doesn't work....then I risk losing the crown and the 500 dollars...and the tooth. I guess I'm leaning towards trying to save the tooth..but I'm not sure...it's such a gamble..errrrr. Anyone have a similar experience with this...can you help shed some light on this for me. God...my dental insurance sucks!! Anyways..any advice is much appreciated....