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A Complete Glossary of Dental Definitions

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Maintainer
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A Maintainer is an appliance that holds something in place

Malignant
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Malignant means life threatening

Malocclusion
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Poor positioning of your teeth.

Mandible
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Lower jaw

Mandibular
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Mandibular has to do with the lower part of the mouth

Mandibular Canal
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The mandibular canal is the hollowed out area in the mandible (lower jaw) that has blood vessels and nerves traveling through it

Masticate
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To chew your food and mix the food with saliva

Mathieu Plier
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A special plier which locks when it closes so it holds on to small parts.

Maxilla
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Upper jaw

Maxillary
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Maxillary has to do with the upper part of the mouth

Mesial
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Forward or front.

Metastasis
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Metastasis means the transmission of disease causing organisms

Metastasize
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Metastasize means to be transmitted

Midline
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A plane through the very center of your mouth perpendicular to your nose.

Mixed Dentition
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The situation when both deciduous and permanent teeth are present.

Mouthguard
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A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports

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