[per-ee-uh-don-tiks] /ˌpɛr i əˈdɒn tɪks/

noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of dentistry dealing with the study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium.
(functioning as sing) the branch of dentistry concerned with diseases affecting the tissues and structures that surround teeth Also called periodontology

1948, from periodontia (1914; see periodontal) + -ics. Periodontic (adj.) is attested by 1889.

periodontics per·i·o·don·tics (pěr’ē-ə-dŏn’tĭks)
The branch of dentistry concerned with the care and treatment of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. Also called periodontia.
per’i·o·don’tic or per’i·o·don’ti·cal adj.
The branch of dentistry that deals with the study and treatment of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth, especially the gums.


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