It’s better to watch what you eat now than to manage a root canal infection later. Eating certain food can lead to unnecessary pain. It can also increase the chance of breaking or damaging the tooth, which would lead to further complications and the possibility of needing additional dental treatments. It is vital for patients not to eat anything until the numbness wears off after the procedure, as you could accidentally bite your tongue or cause additional damage to your teeth. Due to the natural sensitivity after a root canal procedure and because a crown or permanent filling has yet to be placed, we always recommend our patients eat soft food during the few days it takes for the swelling to subside and for the procedure to be completed.

Some suggestions on what you can eat and what to avoid after a root canal procedure include:

After a Root Canal, You Can Eat and Drink:

  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Ice Cream (without anything crunchy or chewy)
  • Bananas
  • Milkshakes
  • Peaches
  • Soup (without anything crunchy or chewy)
  • Mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower
  • Oatmeal
  • Cream of wheat
  • Eggs
  • Applesauce
  • Rice pudding
  • Tuna salad
  • Thin pasta (such as angel hair)
  • Pancakes
  • Pudding
  • Hummus
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Most Indian, Thai, and Chinese food which noodles are thin, is mildly spiced, and there are no peanuts, carrots or other crunchy ingredients

Do NOT Eat or Drink:

  • Crunchy foods such as carrots, corn on the cob, or apples could damage the tooth or cause pain.
  • Chewy foods like most bread or candy such as taffy as it could pull out the temporary filling.
  • Hard foods such as ice or nuts as they could damage the tooth and cause unnecessary pain.
  • Avoid alcohol as it can increase bleeding.
  • Avoid spicy food that could cause discomfort or sensitivity.

When the procedure is complete, and the numbness wears off, some patients will experience discomfort. You can learn how to manage root canal pain when you talk to your Tustin dentist.