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periodontics

Syllabification: per·i·o·don·tics
Pronunciation: /ˌperēōˈdän(t)iks
 
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(also periodontia /ˈdänSHə/)

Definition of periodontics in English:

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth.
Example sentences
  • This subject embraces theoretical and practical training in all clinical disciplines, orthodontics, periodontics, oral medicine, maxillo-facial surgery, prostodontics and pharmacology.
  • During the mandatory 12-month enrollment period, enrollees are covered for basic restorative services, periodontics, endodontics, oral surgery and dental emergencies.
  • Basic services such as fillings, oral surgery, periodontics (gum treatment) and endodontics (root canals) would be 70 per cent covered.

Origin

1940s: from peri- 'around' + Greek odous, odont- 'tooth' + -ics.

Derivatives

periodontal

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈdäntl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Prenatal counseling should focus on referral to a dentist to treat existing caries and periodontal disease.
  • One reason is that periodontal pathogens could enter the bloodstream, invade the blood vessel walls and ultimately cause atherosclerosis.
  • Patients require referral to a dentist within 24 hours for drainage and debridement of the infected periodontal area.

periodontist

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈdäntist/
noun
Example sentences
  • If you have gum disease, a periodontist may be able to help you, but it can involve surgery and expense.
  • If your gums bleed easily, see your dentist or periodontist.
  • Often, it's a dentist or periodontist who is the first to identify a systemic health problem because of what they see in the patient's mouth.

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