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  • Malar
    Pertaining to the cheek bone; see zygomatic bone.
  • Malignant
    Having the properties of dysplasia, invasion, and metastasis.
  • Malocclusion
    Improper alignment of biting or chewing surfaces of upper and lower teeth
  • Managed Care
    Any contractual arrangement where payment or reimbursement and/or utilization are controlled by a third party. The term "managed care" refers to a cost containment system that directs the utilization of health benefits by: a.) restricting the type, level and frequency of treatment; b.)(...)
  • Mandible
    The lower jaw
  • Mandibular Canal
    The passage which transmits vessels and nerves through the jaw to branches that distributes them to the teeth.
  • Maryland Bridge
    Fixed partial denture featuring conservative retainers which are resin bonded to abutments.
  • Maxilla
    The upper jaw
  • Maximum Plan Benefit
    The reimbursement level determined by the administrator of a dental benefit plan for a specific dental procedure. This may vary widely by geographic region or by benefit plans within a region.
  • Medicaid
    A federal assistance program established as Title XIX under the Social Security Act of 1965 which provides payment for medical care for certain low income individuals and families. The program is funded jointly by the state and federal governments and administered by states.
  • Medically Necessary Care
    The reasonable and appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care (including supplies, appliances and devices) as determined and prescribed by qualified, appropriate health care providers in treating any condition, illness, disease, injury, or birth developmental malformations. Care is(...)
  • Medicament
    Substance or combination of substances intended to be pharmacologically active, specially prepared to be prescribed, dispensed or administered by authorized personnel to prevent or treat diseases in humans or animals.
  • Medicament, Topical
    Pharmacological substance especially prepared to be applied on tissues of the oral cavity.
  • Medicare
    A federal insurance program enacted in 1965 as Title XVIII of the Social Security Act that provides certain inpatient hospital services and physician services for all persons age 65 and older and eligible disabled individuals. The program is administered by the Centers for Medicare and(...)
  • Member
    An individual enrolled in a dental benefit program. See beneficiary.
  • Mesial
    Nearer the middle line of the body or the surface of a tooth nearer the center of the dental arch.
  • Metals, Classification Of
    (source: ADA Council on Scientific Affairs).The noble metal classification system has been adopted as a more precise method of reporting various alloys used in dentistry. The alloys are defined on the basis of the percentage of metal content and listed in order of biocompatibility.
  • Microabrasian
    Mechanical removal of a small amount of tooth structure to eliminate superficial enamel discoloration defects.
  • Microorganisms
    A minute living organism, such as a bacterium, fungus, yeast, virus or rickettsia.
  • Minimal Sedation
    a minimally depressed level of consciousness, produced by a pharmacological method, that retains the patient's ability to independently and continuously maintain an airway and respond normally to tactile stimulation and verbal command. Although cognitive function and coordination may be(...)