I'm not sure if this best belongs here or in HL - mods do what you deem appropriate with it.
Anyway, I had a tooth extracted a few days ago, it's one of the molars all the way in the back. It had been root canaled about 12 years ago, and in the last 6 months started causing a lot of pain as well as 3 dental abscesses.
Now that the tooth has been extracted, the oral surgeon and my dentist are talking about placing a dental implant. Do any of you guys have any knowledge on this? I've spent a lot of time googling, and I can't seem to find what I'm looking for. And, unfortunately, I feel as if the dentists aren't going to be real with me because this procedure is relatively expensive (close to 2k was the quote they gave me). I also have TMJ, and according to wiki, bruxism (teeth grinding) tends to cause implants to reject --- I do not want to pay all of this money for something that is going to cause more pain, more problems, and cost more money.
Basically, there's only one tooth behind the one that is now gone...is it really that important I have an implant placed so soon, or can it wait a few years until I have money and dental insurance?