This situation requires special consideration.
If you have just had your tooth removed, your gums will shrink and change, as the bone is no longer needed in that area to support your tooth. Most changes will have occurred within 3-6 months. Whilst the gums heal, most people are generally happy to do without the cost and hassle of a temporary tooth, if the tooth concerned is in the back of the mouth.
However, if it is in the front of your mouth then you most likely will not want to be walking round looking like a pirate, so a temporary solution will be needed- most of the time an immediate denture
is used. This is where the tooth is removed and a fake tooth on a removable plate is put straight back in.
Following healing and maybe a re-line, fixed options can be considered or you can continue as you are. If the tooth that was extracted is at the back of the mouth, then it can just be left to heal for this period of time.
It is crucial to let the gum settle. If you make an implant or a bridge too soon and the gum continues to heal and shrink up, it won't look very good long- term and the margins of your bridge (where they meet your tooth), or the base of the implant that was once hidden, will now become visible- I doubt after spending all that money that this will make you happy. So patience dear patients!
There are a couple of other less commonly used solutions to this problem which have their place in the certain circumstances. If you have made a decision to get a dental bridge
then an immediate temporary bridge may be placed straight after the extraction. As healing occurs, a new temporary may be needed if the aesthetics become unacceptable before you are ready to have the permanent bridge constructed.