Can You Eat After A Root Canal?

Nov 15, 2023

There’s a pile of misconceptions associated with root canal treatment. One of the biggest rumors is that it is extremely painful when the pain during or after the root canal is nothing compared to tooth extraction. Your mouth is tender and sore after every dental procedure. Therefore, it is only natural to carefully choose what to eat, or you can seek beneficial advice from our specialized dental professional Dr. Allen Jahangiri at Noble Smile.

How Long After Root Canal Can I Eat?

Unlike tooth extraction and other invasive oral surgeries, a root canal does not disrupt your routine for days. You can resume eating 30-45 minutes’ post-root canal treatment as your temporary filling takes this much to harden. But dental professionals suggest that you wait till the effect of anesthesia or sedatives wears off so you can prevent biting your tongue or cheek due to numbness inside the mouth.

Foods To Eat After A Root Canal

Once your mouth stops feeling numb, you can start consuming foods you can effortlessly chew. Some of such soft food examples are:

  • Cooked vegetables
  • Yogurt
  • Boiled rice
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Soft cheese
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Ice cream
  • Pasta
  • Soft bread etc.

Foods To Avoid After Root Canal

To accelerate your recovery process, you must restrict chewing certain foods. That includes:

  • Avoid sticky and hard food items that can dislodge your temporary crown or freshly performed dental work.
  • Consume foods at room temperature instead of extremely hot and cold. It is normal for your mouth to be highly sensitive for a while. However, this does not mean you can’t enjoy your favorite soup; just let it cool down to room temperature.
  • You should also avoid crunchy items like pretzels, apples, chips, or carrots.

When To Start Eating Normal

Do you remember the root cause of avoiding certain foods after a root canal? The vulnerability of the temporary filling. So, once your permanent crown has been fixed, you can return to your routine diet and enjoy those crunchy fruits and chewy pasta.
However, give your treated tooth the benefit of the doubt if your gums or treated tooth feels sore after chewing a pecan or cashew. You should hold back on chewing nuts for a bit longer, ideally a day or two.

Bottom Line

It is an ideal practice for patients to eat normally a couple of days after a root canal. Monitor yourself if your gums or treated tooth still feels inflamed or takes longer than usual. Give your healthcare provider a call, and they will be able to figure out the cause behind delayed recovery.
For an efficient root canal treatment, choose Noble Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry; our seasoned dentist will ensure your teeth receive the best they deserve. Call us at (281) 394-2929 to book an appointment.

Dr. Allen Jahangiri

Dr. Allen Jahangiri

Dr. Allen Jahangiri, founder of Noble Smile family and cosmetic dentistry in Katy, Texas, and his team offer top-notch dental and aesthetic services to enhance your smile. Trained at the University of Texas, Health Science Center in San Antonio, Dr. Jahangiri learned from leading dentists and oral surgeons. After earning his DDS, he completed a residency to master advanced dental techniques. He provides a comprehensive range of services, including cosmetic, general, implant, pediatric dentistry, and oral surgery. Recognizing patient anxiety, he also specializes in sedation dentistry for a more comfortable experience.
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