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Malocclusion – a dental condition that occurs when the teeth of the lower and upper jaws are improperly aligned, also known as a “bad bite.”

Mamelon – small elevations of enamel present on the incisors as they erupt.

Mandible – a horseshoe-shaped bone which articulates with the skull by way of the temporomandibular (TMJ), or jaw, joint.

Maryland Bridge – a type of bonded dental bridge.  The Maryland bridge differs from conventional dental bridges in the reduced amount of abutment preparation necessary.  Only the lingual surfaces of the abutment teeth are reduced in preparation for this restoration.

Mastication – chewing.

Masticatory System – the teeth and surrounding structures.

Maxilla – the two bones forming the upper jaw.  They are rigidly attached to the skull.

Medial – of or relation to the middle or medial plane.

Mercury – a metal, and the main component of amalgam (silver) dental fillings.

Mesial – the surface of the tooth nearest the midline of the dental arch.

Micro Abrasion – a drill-free technique using an instrument resembling a tiny sand blaster to deliver aluminum oxide particles to the surface of the teeth, usually used to clean decay from the tooth.

Midline – the imaginary line through the middle of an object, dividing it into two equal parts.

Mixed Dentition – the developmental stage when both primary and permanent teeth are present in the mouth.

Molar Tooth – The six, seventh, and eighth teeth from the center of the mouth, respectively. Learn More

Mouthwash – an antiseptic liquid used to rinse the mouth and remove food particles, bacteria, and other debris. Mouthwash is a highly effective way to fight against gingivitis.

Mouth Guard – a soft-fitted device which protects teeth against impact or injury.  Mouth guards are recommended for people who participate in any kind of sport or athletic activity, individually or as part of a team.

Mucosa – the thin, outer pink or red membrane lining the inside of the oral cavity.