Molar Extracted: Do I Really Need a Dental Implant?

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Previously the only teeth I had extracted were my wisdom teeth. However, my #18 molar’s root canal failed and it was infected. This week my molar was extracted and human bone graft material was inserted. The plan is to get an implant. I am 58 years old. My question is, do I have to replace this molar? What would happen if I don’t get a dental implant and I just leave it alone once healed?