General Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD

Achieve Excellent Oral Health at ASE Dental

General dentistry services are the foundation for good oral health. At ASE Dental, our Silver Spring dentist, Dr. Bassford, provides a comprehensive suite of general dental treatments to help each patient achieve and maintain excellent oral health. By visiting our Maryland dental office twice a year, our team can provide exceptional care that produces stunning results. 

We gladly welcome new patients at ASE Dental. Located in Silver Springs, we’ve worked with patients around the surrounding areas of Kensington, Wheaton-Glenmont, Washington DC, and more. Schedule your appointment today by calling (301) 593-5500.

What Is General Dentistry? 

General dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a patient’s overall oral health. Our Silver Spring general dentist provides these services to help you maintain good oral health by stopping diseases before they further develop. Visits at ASE Dental twice a year include regular dental exams and teeth cleanings, aiding in prevention.

patient getting her teeth examined

Our General Dentistry Services

Dental Cleanings and Exams

One of the best forms of prevention is biannual dental cleanings and exams. Regular visits allow Dr. Bassford and our Silver Spring team to thoroughly examine and clean your teeth, catching any early signs of disease and clearing away built-up plaque.

Our dental hygienists will deeply clean your teeth, making sure to reach those areas that are tough to get at home. Professional teeth cleanings are often enough to reverse the progression of cavities and gum disease. Then, Dr. Bassford will examine your teeth and mouth, looking for any signs of oral diseases, and recommend any treatment plans necessary. 

Diagnostic Dental X-Rays

Each year, patients receive digital dental X-rays. X-rays allow our team to get a more detailed view of your oral structures. We’re able to detect cavities and gum disease, sometimes before you even experience symptoms. Based on your X-ray images, our Silver Spring dentist can create a custom treatment plan that will pinpoint the targeted area with precision.

Toothache Treatment

Toothaches are any pain you feel in or around the tooth. In most cases, toothaches are your body’s way of communicating that there’s a problem. At ASE Dental, Dr. Bassford provides toothache treatment to help relieve your pain and treat any underlying causes. We advise patients to never ignore a toothache, as this can cause further problems and the need for unwanted invasive procedures. 

Periodontal Treatment

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an oral infection that attacks the gums when oral hygiene is neglected. If you’re suffering from periodontal disease, Dr. Bassford provides scaling and root planing — a deep cleaning to help reverse its effects. Scaling and root planing is often recommended for mild to moderate cases of gum disease. 

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventive treatment designed to protect your teeth from cavities. While typically recommended to children, any patient can benefit from an added layer of protection. Sealants are an ideal treatment to aid in the prevention of tooth decay and prevent the onset of cavities and only require a quick visit to our Silver Spring office. 

TMJ/Jaw Pain Treatment

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders are painful conditions affecting the jaw joints and their surrounding ligaments and muscles. If you suffer from TMD, Silver Spring dentist Dr. Bassford offers treatment. A custom oral appliance can help keep stress off of your jaw and ease your pain. 


Retainers are commonly recommended for patients after they complete an orthodontic treatment. We’ll design your retainer to fit your mouth comfortably. They’re used to keep your teeth in proper alignment and are worn while you sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to visit a general dentist?
How can I improve my oral health?
Do I need to visit a general dentist?

Yes! Even if you take great care of your oral hygiene, there are hard-to-reach spots that are easily overlooked. By visiting our Silver Spring dental office every six months, Dr. Bassford can provide regular dental exams and teeth cleanings. Visiting your general dentist also allows our team to check for any oral health conditions that may not exhibit clear symptoms or warning signs. 

To schedule an appointment, call our office today at (301) 593-5500.

How can I improve my oral health?

The best way to improve your oral health is by maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing between meals can help set you up for oral health success. We also recommend visiting our general dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and dental exams. 

Here are a few other ways you can support excellent oral health:

  • Brush your teeth before bed
  • Use oral care products that contain fluoride
  • Avoid frequent snacking
  • Limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods
  • Eat tooth-healthy foods

Schedule an Appointment With Our General Dentist Today!

We gladly welcome new patients to our Silver Spring dental practice. ASE Dental offers the general care you need to achieve a beautiful smile and pristine oral health. Our experienced dental team will work with you every step of the way, providing the treatments you need at an affordable cost. 

To schedule your visit with our general dentist, call our office today at (301) 593-5500. You can also request more information through our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

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