what happens if a bottom tooth is extracted and not replaced
I just turned 35 and had to have the lower back right molar removed through extraction. I was told that it would need replaced and if it wasn't then I would have the tooth erupt above it and lose that one as well. I hate to have lost one tooth as well as the possiblity of losing a second but it is very expensive and I have no dental insurance. My question is should I replace the lower right back molar or not? I have been told to get an implant but the expense and the metal rod keep me from wanting to do that. A bridge results in crowns on another tooth and that seems harsh. I was told that most of your chewing is done on the 2 molars before the last tooth and I have both of them so I am wondering if it is better and less expensive to let the bottom tooth remain unreplaced and take my chances with the upper tooth. If it comes out, the extraction would be cheaper than an implant or a bridge and also it doesn't really affect chewing anyway. But the other concern is thatthe tooth in front of the bottom molar that was removed has pretty extensive filling in it and I do worry that that tooth could be lost due to an unknown reason and then I would have problems. But even then I don't know what I should do? Any help out there?