I often wonder why dentists all over the world advertise their practices with a whole tooth, crown and roots.
Most people, apart from some with knowledge of anatomy, are aware of teeth being more than what can be seen in the mouth: the crowns of the teeth, which are covered with off-white enamel. Unless they have a tooth extracted, the majority of people never see the roots which help to keep the teeth on the mouth.
A more appropriate symbol for alerting people’s attention to a dental practice is a row of tooth crowns arranged as a smile.
Although the whole tooth might be the truth, a row of teeth as seen in the mouth should make more sense to someone seeking a dentist.
Photos taken in Hyderabad, India