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If you are taking a trip to the dentist or want to share a tooth-related issue with someone, it helps to know the names for the outer portions of your teeth. That’s why Meadowbrook Family Dentistry in Duluth, Georgia has offered a short directory of vocabulary for beginners. Even if you are familiar with these words, don’t stop reading. You may find new pieces of information in the details that may be helpful to you.

Crown: The crown is that part of the tooth which is above the gum line. The shape of the crown indicates its purpose. Sharp incisors are used for tearing off bite-sized portions of food, for example, whereas molars are used for grinding food into smaller pieces. This description is different from those dental crowns that Meadowbrook Family Dentistry and other dental offices install which are created in a lab to cover and protect damaged teeth.

Gum line: The gum line is located where the crown and the gums meet up. Remember that it is important to take care of your gums so as to evade plaque which can build up along the gum line. If you fail to clear away the plaque, you may develop gum disease.

Root: Did you know that two-thirds of your teeth are concealed within the gums and jawbone? The root of the tooth literally holds it in place, like the roots of a tree.

We hope that these definitions help you to adequately voice your concerns or ideas with Dr. Ambreen Lakhani or anyone else with whom you choose to communicate. If you have any other questions about anything at all, please feel free to phone 770-622-5909. We’re here to serve.