I was 17 yrs old (17 yrs ago
) when I had mine extracted.
They were impacted, growing forwards (not 'up'), and pushing my other teeth outta whack. After all the surgeries and braces and dental he_l I went through, the wisdom teeth HAD TO come out or else my teeth would have been pushed all out of whack again.
It was a long time ago and I'm sure things change... I was put under anestethic (sp) and oh boy does that suck. It sucked I guess because it was my first time being put 'to sleep'. I had a rough time coming out of it and barfed all over the place. But I had a weak tummy back then and, I think they overdosed the stuff or something. Scrawny lil thing like me with all those drugs, didn't work... I was uber-nauseated!
The pain was kinda rough, but just ask for Vicodin or some wonder-painkiller like that. Vicodin is great for numbing 'anything'. I used it after my carpal tunnel surgery, and I know teeth are different from wrists, but it surely took the pain away!
And the dry socket thing... if you smoke, quit now. Don't go near cigarettes. It will suck big time if you get dry sockets. Owwie!
Also your face might swell out. Cheeks might get a little "chipmunky". Mine did! I had cherubic cheeks back then anyways but oh boy did I look super-cherub by the time the swelling was in high gear.
Good luck, don't sweat it! Dentists and oral surgeons aren't near as evil as they used to be.