My left wisdom tooth has been
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My left wisdom tooth has been growing in side ways, but has not been able to come in fully. It started hurting about two days ago. I did not think anything of it and thought it was just growing in more. There was a flap of skin/gum covering part of the tooth. When I went to brush my teeth this morning, I noticed that part of it (underneath where the skin covered before) was now a blackish color. I got a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes only on the left side of my throat around the same time my tooth started hurting. Are these related? I have a dentist appointment in a week. Is there anything I can do to help it to make it better or ease the pain? It hurts to chew on that side of my mouth and it hurts when I swallow. Will my tooth be okay until I get to the dentist and what will be done by the dentist? Do you think my tooth is infected? Will I have to take antibiotics?

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Since your left wisdom is growing sideways and not in line with your other teeth you will probably need an x ray and the best long term treatment would be to remove the tooth surgically. This will also take care of the flap that will swell whenever you have cold or sore throat and would prevent food lodgement and the resulting caries in the adjacent tooth in future. Third molars have hardly any role to play in mastication in 21st century so no need to replace them if removed. Premedications are needed before executing the treatment.

Angular eruption of third molar needs extraction.It is of no use anyway,get it removed by a good oral surgeon,it does not require replacement

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