My initial post was very long. I'm starting a brief second topic on this side issue to make things easier all around.
If I opt to extract a molar - what are the dangers of not having it replaced with something? Isn't it bad to just leave an empty space?
It is the second from the back molar - on the top. It would be the only tooth extracted, unless the twin molar on the other side of my mouth may also end up needing to go some time later.
A friend had one or two molars pulled and she said she is horror stricken over how much movement and play there is in her remaining teeth now.
I read that bone fills in the missing space fairly soon - and it would be hard to decide later to get a bridge or implant or whatever.
If I do need to put something in the empty spot, what are my options?
I'd hate to mess up my bite significantly - I already have some tmj issues. For vanity, I'd also hate to make my teeth shift around and look bad. I don't have a bad mouth overall.