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Malocclusion:
"bad bite" or misalignment of the upper and lower teeth

Managed care:
program whereby patient-dentist assignment and dentist reimbursement is administered by a separate, external organization

Mandible:
the lower jaw

Margin:
interface between a restoration and tooth structure

MAGD:
Masters Academy of General Dentistry

Maryland bridge:
a bridge that is bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth; requires minimum tooth reduction

Mastication:
process of chewing food

Maxilla:
the upper jaw

Meniscus:
capsular cushion between temporomandibluar joint and glenoid fossa

Milk teeth:
deciduous (baby) teeth

Molars:
three back teeth in each dental quadrant used for grinding food.

Moniliasis (thrush):
opportunistic fungal infection after administration of antibiotic; not uncommon in the mouth

Mucogingival junction (MGJ):
meeting of thick, protective gingival tissue around the teeth and the friable mucous lining of the cheeks and lips