I had mine taken out at 27. I never even realized they were there, but the dentist I went to told me to get them out. My dental insurance covered it, so I only paid 10 bucks for the copay.
Funny thing is that this dentist I used would drive around in a new jaguar every few years. I found this kinda suspicious in that the first visit I went to him he did an e-ray and immediately told me that I need to have my wisdom teeth out and have two root canals. a friend of mine went to this guy too, but got a second opinion from a family friend who said that there would be no need for the root canal that this other dentist reccomended. the other dentist called my dentist “root canal happy”. I sometimes wonder how ethical my guy really was, or was he just in it for the money. I always had a shady feeling about him anyway.
whatever you do, if you do get the surgery:
TAKE THE GOD DAMN DRUGS THAT THEY GIVE YOU!!!
I had the gas too, and after I got my shit together an hour later, I thought that it was no big deal, no need for pain killers, I even had a protein shake. bad idea, once the drugs wore off, I was in the most serious pain of my life since I passed my kidney stone. I sat in the pharmacy and waited for the lady to fill out the script while I held an ice cold water bottle to my jaw. they gave me some pretty heavy stuff-vicodin-I think.
I popped a couple of those sob’s the second I got in my car, drove home and passed out in my bed for like 4 hours. when I woke up, the relief was incredible. It felt like when you burn yourself and then you stick you arm under a cold run of water.