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Eating After a Root Canal

Drawing of a tooth receiving root canal therapy to preserve it

Root canal therapy image from Authority Dental under CC 2.0

You may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity after root canal therapy. This can affect your participation in certain activities and what you will feel comfortable eating.

Following your root canal, our friendly team will send you home with aftercare instructions. Though the anesthetic used to numb the area will wear off the same day, the treatment area may feel sensitive and inflamed for a few days.

What to Eat After a Root Canal

While you can eat shortly after root canal therapy, it’s wise to be cautious and select certain foods that will encourage your mouth to recover as soon as possible. Foods that require a lot of chewing can irritate your mouth and exacerbate any sensitivity, swelling, or inflammation during your root canal recovery.

Consume nutritious soft foods that are easy to chew. These same kinds of foods are also great after any oral surgery procedure. Ideas for what to eat after a root canal include:

  • Smoothies
  • Mashed Potatoes & Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs & Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Soft Fruit
  • Broth or Pureed Soup
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce

Additional Recovery Tips

By taking good care of yourself, you can experience a smooth recovery after root canal therapy. Avoid strenuous physical activity for several days and get plenty of rest. Do not smoke or use other tobacco products. Maintain excellent oral hygiene, drink plenty of water, and make note of any questions to ask during your follow-up visit.

Root Canal Therapy in North Carolina

Are you suffering from severe tooth pain or recurring sensitivity? A root canal or other restorative service may be your solution to resolving these unpleasant sensations. If you need a root canal or emergency dental care in North Carolina, our expert team would be happy to resolve your pain and restore your smile. Contact us today to get the oral healthcare you need!

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