Originally Posted by stephanie912
I just had a lower back tooth extracted and the periodontist told me I have to have an implant. He said if I don't, the top tooth will go down into the empty space. I don't understand that and he couldn't really explain it to me.
You can't see the empty space when I smile and it doesn't cause me any problems right now. Will it later? I don't really have the money for the implant and want to just leave it but I don't want it to mess anything up.
Stephanie, I think that your periodontist, in keeping with his professional ethics, must make some recommendations to you with respect to the loss of your molar and its possible replacement. Withholding this information regarding treatment options, can result in you coming back at him with a lawsuit, should any problems arise later on.
If you are not ready for the expense of the implant now, then you should question your periodontist or general dentist, on your regular six-month check-up, regarding any changes that he/she observes in your bite, or movements in the teeth around the extraction site. As long as no significant changes are seen, then you probably can manage the loss of that molar without further treatment.