Definition of periodontics in English:


plural noun

  • [treated as singular] The branch of dentistry concerned with the structures surrounding and supporting the teeth.

    • ‘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.’


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