Filling gap after tooth extraction

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I'm 73 and my lower back tooth needs a complex extraction. It doesn't hurt but a dentist said it's beyond repair and shows decay. I'm procrastinating about having it extracted due to cost and fear of procedure, but I think I will have to resign myself to it sooner or later. When it is extracted, will I need anything to fill the gap, such as an implant? Or can the gap just be left?
 

MattKW

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It all depends how it affects you afterwards. If you can still eat comfortably, then probably no need to replace it.
 

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