What to Eat After Root Canal Treatment

22 March 2022

What to Eat After Root Canal Treatment?

Your tooth may feel sensitive for a few days after a root canal, especially if you were experiencing pain before the procedure.

While tooth sensitivity can be relieved with prescription or over-the-counter medication, it’s important to be careful about what you eat after root canal treatment. This will:

  • Minimise discomfort.
  • Encourage faster healing.
  • Avoid damage to the tooth.

Knowing in advance what you can eat after root canal treatment – and foods you should avoid – makes it a lot easier to plan the meals, snacks and drinks that will provide you with the nourishment you need to aid the recovery process.

So, this is what you need to know…

What You Can and Can’t Eat After a Root Canal

One of the most common questions root canal patients ask is: what can I eat after root canal treatment?

Here’s the short answer.

You shouldn’t eat anything until the anaesthesia wears off after a root canal. If you try to eat too soon, the numbness may cause you to bite your tongue or the inside of your cheek.

Once feeling returns to your mouth, you can protect your tender tooth by avoiding:

  • Hard, crunchy or chewy foods.
  • Very cold drinks.

In other words, stick to soft foods and room-temperature drinks.

And here’s the more detailed answer…

Foods and Drinks That Are OK After a Root Canal

Foods that are recommended for a while after root canal treatment include:

  • Soft cereal.
  • Soft sandwiches.
  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Meatloaf
  • Shredded meat.
  • Pasta
  • Noodles
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Soft-boiled eggs or scrambled eggs.
  • Apple sauce.
  • Yoghurt
  • Soft cheeses including cottage cheese.
  • Pureed soup.

And you can snack on nutritious soft fruits such as:

  • Mangoes
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Papayas
  • Melons
  • Avocadoes

You can also enjoy drinks like:

  • Milkshakes
  • Smoothies
  • Juices

As long as they’re not too cold.

Foods to Avoid After a Root Canal

Foods to avoid after root canal treatment include:

  • Hard breads.
  • Corn on the cob.
  • Nutes
  • Spicy food.
  • Hard sweets.
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Pretzels
  • Tortilla chips.

You should also avoid hot drinks like tea or coffee, and alcohol, which may hinder the recovery process.

Faster Healing After a Root Canal

A better understanding of what to eat and what not to eat after a root canal will help you heal faster with as little discomfort as possible.

While it’s best to avoid certain foods, there are just as many you can continue to enjoy. And you should be able to eat and drink anything you want two or three days after treatment, when tooth sensitivity has eased.

Laser root canal treatment typically shortens the length of time you need to watch what you eat after a root canal procedure, because recovery is usually much faster due to less tissue damage and bleeding.

Laser Root Canal

Laser Root Canal Treatment in Sydney specialises in affordable, pain-free laser dentistry, and you can spread your laser root canal cost over several months with zero-interest payment plans.

If it turns out your tooth is beyond repair, we recommend extraction followed by dental implants as tooth replacements.

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