Extraction or alternative options?

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2.5 months ago I had a consultation at a chain dentistry. I came in because one of my filling were loose and another very small filling had recently fallen out.
I was told I would need an extraction on the tooth with the large loose filling, plus a $4k implant ( not covered by insurance) and was not given any other options.

When the filling did fall out the next day, I came back and they would do nothing with it, not even a temporary filling to avoid infection until I could save enough for an implant.

My question now is, is extraction really the only option?

Attached is an X-ray of the tooth from the initial consultation when I was told n extraction and implant are needed.

The last photo is the x ray of the tooth more recently, two months after having the filling fall out.
 

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MattKW

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Not good. If you want to try and keep it, then ask for a direct post and composite build-up, with cusp-capping of the weak remaining natural tooth. That's as much as I would spend to keep a bit longer. How long? If they adjust it out of occlusion as much as aesthetically possible, then maybe a few years would be a good result.
 

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