I had mine pulled when I was 17. It was kind of a pain because I'd had braces from age 13 to age 16, and I had been told them that I didn't have wisdom teeth and would never
have wisdom teeth, and it was a good thing because my mouth is really, really tiny. (Try telling that to anyone who knows me!
) So, anyway, it turned out that I did
have wisdom teeth and they were crushing the teeth beside them, because my mouth was so small. I had to go to a special dental surgeon because the damage to my teeth and the size of my mouth complicated matters, but the doctor was really nice and I was able to ask a lot of questions. I think the most unnerving part of the procedure was seeing the heart monitor -- because I had to be put under for the procedure and there was a possibility that there might be complications from the anaesthetic.
Anyway, afterwards I was pretty much okay, despite having had six teeth (two of them badly damaged) removed. I chose not to take the painkillers they gave me, because I found the pain to be less than that of the frequent migraines I got so I determined that I could handle it. The problem I had was that it turned out I was allergic to the antibiotics (I already knew I was allergic to penicillin; turns out I'm also allergic to erythromicin), so I got really sick. I just stopped taking the antibiotics (ummm, I don't actually recommend this, since infection really does suck, but I have an extremely efficient immune system and didn't want to find out what other fun antibiotics I was allergic to). I didn't get an infection, and once I was off the antibiotics I felt a lot better. I'm one of the few people I know who had her wisdom teeth removed and didn't neither painkillers or antibiotics.
It did end up destroying three years' and several thousand dollars worth of brace-work, though: my bottom teeth (which were straight before the braces and the wisdom teeth removal) are now crooked, and the gap between my upper teeth (which was why I had braces in the first place -- that and an overbite) has returned. Boo. I'm not getting braces again, though; that was just unpleasant.