A root canal is a dental procedure that removes infected dental pulp from the canals in the roots of your tooth. Root canals are often painless, but taking a few extra steps after your procedure can ensure a quick and comfortable root canal recovery. One of the ways you can facilitate a fast and pain-free recovery is by eating the right foods after your procedure. Dr. Caracioni encourages her patients to eat specific foods after their procedure to stay comfortable and avoid complications.
Immediately After a Root Canal Procedure
Right after your root canal procedure, you are going to still be numb from the local anesthetic used on the treatment area. Choose soft foods that require no to minimal chewing to prevent biting your tongue, cheek or lips and doing damage while you’re numb. Try a smoothie, applesauce, yogurt or oatmeal right after your procedure until you get feeling back in your mouth. Also, avoid chewing on the surface that was just treated to reduce discomfort.
Foods to Eat After a Root Canal Procedure
Some patients require a crown after their root canal to restore the tooth to its natural form and function. This crown is usually placed one to two weeks after the root canal procedure, so if you require a crown, Dr. Caracioni will place a temporary crown over your treated tooth. If you have a temporary crown while you are waiting for your permanent crown, you should continue to eat soft food to keep the temporary crown in place until your next appointment.
Soft foods like bananas, scrambled eggs, yogurt, applesauce, spaghetti and other kinds of pasta, and mashed potatoes are ideal for this part of your root canal recovery and won’t damage your temporary crown. Soups and broth can also be a great option after your procedure, but you should let them cool a bit before eating.
Foods to Avoid After a Root Canal Procedure
Foods you should avoid after your root canal procedure include anything hard and crunchy like nuts, hard fruits, and vegetables like raw apples, pears and carrots. You should also avoid sticky or chewy foods like chewing gum and taffy. Some kinds of bread, pizza crusts and cuts of meats can also be very chewy, so wait a few weeks before eating these foods. Spicy and very hot foods may also cause you discomfort during healing, so skip curries and chili for a while and let your coffee cool a bit before drinking.
Do you have questions about root canal after care? Call Enchanted Smiles at 785-783-0741 today.