Root Canal Recovery: Foods To Eat & Avoid

Root canals are a necessary procedure, to eliminate infection within the tooth’s inner pulp, and save the tooth’s natural structure. If you’ve had a root canal, the most crucial part is the aftercare. Even though root canals are a common dental procedure, it is still important to maintain a healthy diet, full of soft and nutritious foods. A healthy diet reduces the risk of complications, helps minimize swelling, provides nourishment, and assists the healing process. Eating soft foods will help avoid irritation and let your mouth recover. We’ve put together our list of foods to eat after a root canal, and foods to avoid, below.

Foods to Eat After a Root Canal Procedure

Most importantly, do not eat food until the numbness from your anesthetic has worn off. After that, most patients can eat soft foods comfortably after a root canal treatment as long as they avoid chewing or biting down with the treated tooth.

  • Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Applesauce
  • Avocado
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Hummus
  • Oatmeal

Foods to Avoid After a Root Canal Procedure

There are also some categories of food that should be avoided after a root canal treatment, either because they can aggravate any sensitivity you’re experiencing or because they may compromise your temporary filling. As time passes, you can carefully reintroduce them into your diet.

  • Hard items such as candies, ice cubes, etc.
  • Sticky foods such as taffy, gum, etc.
  • Extremely hot or cold items that can irritate sensitive areas or cause pain

Aftercare Summary

It is common to experience some discomfort after a root canal treatment. If the pain persists after a week, contact our office.  You should continue to brush and floss twice a day, but be gentle around sensitive areas and don’t floss near your temporary crown or filling. And, when it comes to food—avoid hard/sticky foods and eat soft foods for your best chance at a quick recovery.

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