Wisdom teeth can be extracted or pulled just like regular teeth if they’ve erupted completely through the gums. If they have only erupted part way, the dentist surgically removes them. If the molars are impacted or wedged against the back of the teeth, they may need to be broken into pieces to be extracted. The wisdom teeth are the largest of the molars and may have roots that extend to the jaw bone. If this occurs, the patient may need to be put completely under so the dentist can remove the teeth without causing the patient undue stress. The majority of patients who have their wisdom teeth pulled require some form of anesthesia to remain comfortable throughout the procedure.