Periodontics

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Definition

noun

The branch of dentistry that is primarily concerned with the study of supporting structures of teeth such as gums, alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament, as well as of diseases and conditions affecting these structures


Supplement

Periodontics is one of the branches of dentistry. The others are endodontics (i.e. concerned with the study and treatment of the dental pulp), orthodontics (i.e. concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions), minimal intervention dentistry (i.e. concerned mainly with the preservation of the natural tooth structure), prosthodontics (i.e. concerned with dental prostheses), pediatric dentistry (i.e. dentistry concerning children), preventive dentistry (i.e. concerned mainly in the caring for and maintain healthy teeth), oral and maxillofacial surgery (i.e. dental specialty that includes surgical training). Periodontics is primarily concerned with the study of periodontium. Periodontium refers to the specialized tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. These include the gums, alveolar bone, cementum, and the periodontal ligament.1 A professional specializing in periodontics is called a periodontist.


Word origin: peri- (around, near, about) + -odontics, from Greek odōn (tooth)

Synonym(s):

  • periodontia
  • periodontology

See also:

Reference(s):
1 Cram101 Textbook Reviews. (2014). " e-Study Guide for: Foundations of Periodontics for the Dental Hygienist by Jill S Nield-Gehrig, ISBN 9780781784870 (Google eBook)". Retrieved from https://books.google.com.ph/books?id=m5uJBAAAQBAJ&dq=%22periodontics++is+the%22&source=gbs_navlinks_s