Common Dental Terms
We’ve put together this handy reference guide of terms you might hear when speaking with your dentist or support staff.
Please don’t hesitate to ask your dental care provider for clarification of any terms. We’re here to help make your experience as pleasant as possible!
Malocclusion: A "bad bite" or misalignment of the upper and lower teeth.
Managed Care: A program whereby patient-dentist assignment and dentist reimbursement is administered by a separate, external organization.
Mandible: The lower jaw.
Margin: The interface between a restoration and tooth structure.
Maryland Bridge: A bridge that is bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth and requires minimum tooth reduction.
Mastication: The process of chewing food.
Maxilla: The upper jaw.
Molars: The three back teeth in each dental quadrant used for grinding food.
Mucogingival Junction (MGJ): The meeting of thick, protective gingival tissue around the teeth and the mucous lining of the cheeks and lips.