I'm missing molars, both on the bottom and the top, I had them pulled while still in high school.
1 top 1 bottom and a wisdom tooth on the right and 1 bottom on the left. The good thing with the bottom left molar is that I was able to keep my wisdom tooth over there because there was extra room for it, It has drifted foward and there is a slight gap between it and the molar in front of it but after a while you get used to it and things don't get stuck or when they do your tounge just pops it out and you brush extra good between the space.
I have no problem with eating
Looking back with the could of, should of, would of type of thinking I do wished I had the option to have a root canal and cap/crown... but I think it's more of the fact of having the "option" available, not the actual thing itself, if that makes any sense.
When my hubby had a bad tooth he opted to get a root canal and crown. It cost us a good chunck of money but that was okay, we found a way. (it was also before kids so tightening the budget was more doable then too)
Would I have a root canal now if I as faced with loosing another tooth... if it was on the right side yes because I am already missing some over there, on the left, well I would probably be more open to having it 'just pulled'
Which brings me to another thing "just pulled" isn't as simple sometimes as that... in an emotional sense. It's loosing a part of your body that's been with you for a long time.. it's sad.. but it is okay too. It's not weird to want to do whatever you can to save a tooth but it's okay to let go and have the tooth pulled also.
I wished that dental stuff was not so expensive!
I don't know if my ramblings really helped or not...