FOSSILS OF NEW JERSEY
Commonality - Uncommon
Pathological teeth are usually the result of feeding damage to the tooth when it is immature and still soft; as the tooth matures it becomes deformed as a result of the initial damage. Pathological teeth with severe deformities are relatively easy to spot, especially in the case of twisted or bent crowns. However, minor deformities in many pathological teeth can produce some confusing results. While not a common occurrence, it is important to understand that pathological variations are another variable in the identification process.
One of the more bizarre pathological teeth.
A pathological Scapanorhynchus texanus.
One of the more common forms of
deformities is a twisted or bent crown.
The deformity on the crown and damaged root make this a "sickly"