Aftercare is very important after any form of restorative treatment. This includes root canal treatment, and part of aftercare also involves eating the right foods for a root canal.
When a root canal treatment is performed, it cleanses the tooth root and removes the dead pulp before being filled. A crown is then placed on top and sealed. This helps you restore natural mouth functioning and removes the chances of tooth decay. Root canal treatment isn’t painful and is a safe procedure.
To help the root canal settle, the foods you eat play an important part. First, avoid the following foods after root canal treatment.
- Crunchy And Chewy Foods – The filling needs time to settle, and eating chewy and crunchy foods could disrupt the filling. Therefore, foods such as carrots, apples, corn, sweets and candy are examples of foods that you cannot eat when the root canal still needs to settle.
- Alcohol – Alcohol can increase the bleeding initially as the root canal settles. This can slow down recovery and even make you feel drowsy after treatment.
- Hot Foods – Hot foods can increase sensitivity in and around the crown. This can damage the affected area and the tooth itself.
What Foods Can I Eat?
Do not panic, there are some healthy and tasty options still available that you can eat once root canal treatment is complete. Root canal treatments require time and patience to heal, but eating the right foods for a root canal can help speed up recovery.
Eating softer options can reduce any discomfort. It is recommended that mouth functioning is limited during recovery, and eating softer foods for a root canal can help with this. Here are some softer root canal foods for you to try:
- Boiled or cooked vegetables on their own or mixed as a smoothie
- Boiled potatoes
- Pasta, noodles and quinoa
- Fruits such as mangoes, bananas and peaches
These are all healthy options that can easily be eaten whilst not disturbing the recovery of your root canal. Anything chewy, taffy or hard will disturb recovery and potentially cause further damage, requiring reconstruction of the root canal area.
If you need further support on what foods for a root canal you can eat, ensure you ask the dentist at your appointment.
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