If you have an upcoming root canal scheduled, or are considering the procedure, you are probably wondering what you’ll be able to eat or drink after the treatment is complete. Being prepared is a smart way to put you in the best position for a successful recovery and taking great care of yourself during the process.
Part of that care is understanding what foods and beverages are recommended following the procedure, and what items are wise to avoid until your mouth has fully healed. Because of the compromised state of the original tooth and the manipulation that’s involved with root canal treatment, the tooth and surrounding gum may be sore for a few days, so it’s advisable to take it slow with your recovery and following a few guidelines we’ll review here.
Immediately Following Root Canal Treatment
Be sure to wait to eat until the anesthesia has completely worn off following your procedure. Waiting until the numbness subsides will prevent accidentally biting your cheeks, lips or tongue. Small sips of water are helpful to keep you hydrated for the first few hours.
Then, small amounts of soft foods may be eaten – just be sure to avoid the side of the mouth where the root canal was done. Some patients prefer to stick with a liquid diet the first day or two though, depending on how you feel, so listen to your body and let it be your guide.
Keep hard, crunchy and sticky foods, such as nuts, popcorn or caramel, off the menu until your tooth and gums have fully recovered.
7 Foods That Are Safe to Eat After a Root Canal
When you are feeling ready to eat again, here’s a list of seven safe choices:
- Mashed potatoes - This is a hearty choice that will help fill you up. Just be sure it’s served warm as the treatment area may be initially sensitive to heat. Also, the texture should be smooth as chewing large chunks of potato may be too difficult at first.
- Yogurt - Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and during recovery, it’s a healthy way to help your body heal. Opt for smooth and creamy varieties without fruit on the bottom so you don’t have to chew pieces of fruit.
- Broth or creamy soup - Broth or soup can also provide a source of protein to aid in recovery, not to mention the comforting value that it delivers as well. Here again though, it’s best served warm to avoid any potential sensitivities with your tooth.
- Applesauce - Applesauce can offer a refreshing way to keep up with your fruit intake as you heal. It is mild and easily tolerated by most patients, so it’s usually a great way to get in a little bit of fiber while you recover.
- Smoothies - After your root canal procedure, you will want to give yourself plenty of time to rest, so preparing meals may not be on the top of your list of things to do until you begin to feel better. Smoothies are an excellent option for convenience, just be sure that the texture is smooth and all the ingredients are finely blended.
- Eggs - Eggs are a great way to get in the protein your body needs to return to its health state. As long as they are served plain, whether boiled, scrambled or fried, this is a soft food that you can count on until you’re ready to take on solid food.
- Bananas - Bananas have long been heralded for their health benefits. Chock full of fiber, potassium and antioxidants, they can be a quick and easy choice as a soft food to eat while you recover.
Learn More About Root Canal Treatment
If you’d like to learn more about root canal procedures, care and recovery, including what foods to eat and avoid, contact us today. Call 703-399-2333 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online. We’re here to help you have the best possible root canal experience.