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Definition of «Periodontal»


Periodontal: The word "periodontal" literally means "around the tooth." Periodontal diseases are bacterial infections that destroy the attachment fibers and supporting bone that hold the teeth in the mouth. Left untreated, these diseases can lead to tooth loss. The main cause of periodontal disease is a bacterial plaque, a sticky, colorless film that constantly forms on teeth.

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gums and supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontists are also expert in the placement and maintenance of dental implants.

Periodontics is one of the 8 dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association.

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  • Periodontal Associates

    Cary Feuerman, DMD and Giovanni Castellucci, DMD. Private dental practice for implants, periodontal disease treatment, and bone regeneration.

  • Types of Gum Disease

    The American Academy of Periodontology's description of periodontal (gum) diseases, including gingivitis and periodontitis.

  • periodontal - definition of periodontal in the Medical ...

    periodontal /peri·odon·tal/ (per″e-o-don´t'l) 1. pertaining to the periodontal ligament or periodontium. 2. near or around a tooth. per·i·o·don·tal (p r--d n tl)

  • periodontal disease: Definition from Answers.com

    Library > Science > Sci-Tech Encyclopedia An inflammatory lesion caused by bacteria affecting the tissues housing the roots of the teeth. The disease, sometimes ...

  • Periodontal Procedures

    Following are some of the procedures that periodontists use to treat patients diagnosed with a periodontal (gum) disease. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in ...

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