When you visit the office of Washington Dental Care, we will examine your dental health and determine the best course of treatment for you. If one of your teeth does need to be extracted, we will take an X-ray to determine the position of the tooth and the bone around it. An X-ray also helps us to ensure there are no abscesses. In case an abscess is present, it will need to be treated prior to extracting the tooth. The tooth is gently removed from its socket using dental instruments, and the site is cleaned and flushed. A piece of gauze is placed at the extraction site to control bleeding. Once the procedure is over, we will give you aftercare instructions to help the site heal.