Foods to Eat (And Avoid) After Root Canal Treatment

January 20, 2024

Foods to Eat (And Avoid) After Root Canal Treatment

Navigating the world of post-root canal care can be a maze, especially when it comes to your diet. Here at Dr. Gardner Wade's practice, we believe in empowering our patients with the right information to ensure a speedy recovery.

The Importance of Diet After a Root Canal

The foods you eat and avoid after a root canal play a crucial role in your healing process. Consuming the right nourishment can speed up recovery, minimize discomfort, and prevent complications. On the flip side, indulging in the wrong foods could lead to pain and delay your healing. 

Foods to Eat After a Root Canal

In the days following a root canal procedure, stick to a soft diet of mushy, mild foods that are easy to bite and chew gently as your treated tooth settles and heals internally. Ideal nourishing options include smooth yogurts, pudding cups, applesauce, mashed potatoes or steamed vegetables blended with broths, scrambled eggs, avocado toast without crunchy toppings, protein shakes, chilled or room temperature soups (avoid piping hot liquids initially), oatmeal or cream of wheat, and bananas or ripe peeled fruits. These provide your body essential nutrients without excess pressure on the stabilized tooth.

Foods to Avoid After a Root Canal

Equally as crucial as consuming soft nourishing foods post-root canal is steering clear of anything tough, crunchy, or requiring prolonged chewing initially. Hard-textured items like raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, granola, popcorn, bread crusts, pizza crust, corn chips, beef jerky, steak, dried fruits, toffees, ice cubes, popsicles, and even chewing gum can discomfort or re-fracture your stabilized tooth internally. Additionally, refrain from extremely hot or cold foods and drinks as temperature extremes may penetrate sensitive inner tooth layers via the opened crown causing sharp zings of sensitivity. Allow 2-3 weeks for complete healing before attempting such items.

Additional Post-Root Canal Care Tips

To optimize your root canal recovery, follow your dentist's customized guidance on gently brushing/flossing treated areas and any prescription instructions accordingly. Attend scheduled follow-ups allowing evaluation of inner tooth healing and bite adjustments if needed. Additionally, refrain from smoking cigarettes or consuming alcohol initially, as these habits can attract bacteria or dry out your stabilization sites. Don't hesitate to inform us if discomfort arises - we'll adjust advice so your post-procedure experience remains smooth, allowing you to confidently speak, eat, and drink as your tooth rapidly heals from the inside out. Your smiles and wellbeing will always be our top priorities!

Schedule Your Follow-Up Today

A root canal is a significant step towards better oral health, and we're here to guide you through the journey. If you have any questions about foods to eat and avoid after a root canal, or need to schedule a follow-up appointment, don't hesitate to reach out. Call us at (225) 766-6100. Your smile is our success, and we're committed to ensuring you get the care you need.