A root canal is a procedure performed by an endodontist to clear out infected nerve tissue and pulp from inside a broken or decayed tooth. Once the infected tissue is removed, the area is then cleaned and sealed. Many times, a dental crown is placed to help protect and strengthen the tooth which should function normally after the procedure is complete. A root canal is often performed to alleviate discomfort and save a tooth. Patients commonly ask about dietary restrictions after this minor procedure.
A root canal is considered a minor procedure similar to a deep filling. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area just to ensure there is no discomfort. Immediately following a root canal, it is recommended that patients do not eat while the area is numb to prevent biting the tongue or cheek. This is more of a precautionary measure.
The Root Canal Diet
Sometimes a temporary crown is placed while the permanent dental crown is fabricated. During this time, it is best to avoid hard, sticky or chewy foods until the permanent crown is placed. If the permanent dental crown is placed the same day, the endodontist may recommend that you stick to softer foods for a day or two.
After a short healing period, there aren’t any dietary restrictions as dental crowns closely mimic natural teeth in both form and function. You should avoid the temptation to chew only on the untreated side of the mouth. It is normal for the area to feel a little differently for a day or two due to the changes that were made to the tooth but there should be no discomfort.
After a root canal, it is still necessary to brush and floss twice daily and schedule regular dental check-ups. If you have questions about the root canal procedure, or you have been told you need one, contact our team at Access Endodontics. Our skilled and compassionate staff is available to answer your questions and help you explore your treatment options.