Eating After a Root Canal

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After undergoing a root canal, you may have a few concerns about diet and routine changes for a few days while the tooth heals. Although, modern-day procedures are fairly comfortable, and recovery is pretty quick; few precautions are necessary but there are some things you should note. You should pay attention to your eating after a root canal. Your teeth withstand pressure and cracks in the treatment and need care; hence only soft and cold food should be on the menu list for a few days. Here’s questions you’d want to ask yourself:

How are you eating your food?

What type of food are you eating?

During a root canal, your tooth is thoroughly cleaned from inside. The infected pulp is removed and the new filling takes its place. Finally, the crown secures the area. At times there is a need for incision and a few stitches; however, conditions vary. It saves the natural tooth and extends its life. After the treatment, the tooth needs extra care so that the filling settles down. The process mends decays, cracks, chips and gives you relief from sensitivity and toothache.

Eating Immediately After a Root Canal 

Here are some suggestions if you find yourself hungry after your root canal:

  • Try chewing from the opposite side of your mouth. Avoid using the tooth and surrounding ones that have had a root canal. The stitches and filling won’t be dry and cause problems.

Have only cold drinks and soft food that doesn’t need a lot of chewing. Do not use a straw and eat slowly. Try not to have soup or coffee that is hot; instead, have your favorite ice cream.

Soft Foods

You should now know that only soft foods should be eaten after your root canal so that your teeth face minimal pressure to chew the food, and it quickly melts in the mouth. Few suggestions include soft fruits and veggies like bananas, mangoes and mashed potatoes, yogurt, pudding, etc. You can also have milkshakes, smoothies, and fresh juices to satisfy your hunger.

Foods to Avoid

This category is filled with all the dense, crunchy foods that could damage the filling in the tooth. A few examples are vegetables and fruits, including carrots, corn, apples or sticky candies, gums, and nuts. Furthermore, avoid drinking alcohol as it can cause bleeding if it accidentally comes in contact with the mouth’s fresh wounds. Also, try avoiding spicy foods as it could trigger sensitivity and cause damage.

If you’re in the St. Catharines and Niagara region and you think a root canal is right for you then contact Dr. Vlahos Dentistry today!