Kate

We agree, what you describe does seem to correlate with the common set of symptoms associated with recurring episodes of pericoronitis. You also mention that this has been going on for some years.

As you seem to already have planned, this matter does need to be pursued with your dentist because a wisdom tooth that can't be cleansed properly potentially does place neighboring teeth at risk for damage or loss related to tooth decay and/or gum disease.

As far as the timing of your extraction, only your dentist can determine if the level of infection that currently exists is likely to complicate your procedure and therefore must be brought under control first.

Possibly your scheduling with your dentist will just happen to coincide with periods when your tooth's condition is comparatively quiet. If so, that might speed things along. Good luck.

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