If you’ve just had a root canal, we have good news for you: the worst of the pain is over. With the infection cleared, it’s normal to feel sore for a day or two after your appointment. You can resolve this soreness with rest and over-the-counter pain relief medication. If you’re curious about what you can and cannot eat within a few hours to days after your root canal, this quick guide is for you.

Q: How Long After a Root Canal Can I Eat?

Eat after the numbness from the local anesthetic has faded. The filling will be hard enough to eat with 30-45 minutes after the appointment, but chewing while still numb has its risks. If you’re eating hot food, you could burn your mouth because you cannot feel it. You also risk chewing on your cheek or biting your tongue. To keep safe from potential injury, eat after the numbness has faded.

Q: What Can I Eat After a Root Canal?

After a root canal, you may feel sore for a day or two afterward. If chewing is painful, choose softer foods for a few days. Yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, bananas, oatmeal, pancakes, and other soft food options are great to keep on hand before your root canal appointment. If the soreness does not subside after a week, call us for a follow-up appointment.

Q: What Foods Should I Avoid After a Root Canal?

After your appointment, keep in mind what not to eat or drink after having a root canal. With a new filling, avoid extremely hard and sticky foods like;

  • Gum
  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Hard Candy
  • Corn on the cob
  • Apples
  • Food that is hot (could increase sensitivity)
  • Spicy foods (may cause discomfort)

Also, avoid drinking alcohol for a few days after receiving your root canal as alcohol can increase bleeding. If it’s been several days since you’ve had your root canal and you’re still finding eating difficult, give us a call! Complications after a root canal are rare, but we’re always here for you at My Dental