In recent years I have had a molar removed on each side (upper left, lower right) and get along just fine. I keep hearing that if I do not replace the teeth, I will have further problems. I am nearly 70 and have limited funds that I prefer not to spend on replacement teeth. At my age, should I be concerned about significant problems if I do not relace them?
You do not have to replace missing teeth the only problem that happens is that the teeth next to the missing ones the roots sometimes bend because the support is missing but otherwise there is no need to put money into a bridge or titanium teeth. All dentists/hygienist have a fit when teeth are missing and feel that every space in you mouth needs some sort of expensive bridge. You will not have any problems. I have had my molars pulled when i was very young and also a couple just 10 years ago pulled due to a dentist not diagnosing an abscess. Recent xrays do not show any problems and I can chew just fine. Just don't tell anyone about your missing teeth and tell the dentist you are fine without them. As long as you can chew up your food there is no reason to worry.