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In reality, root canals aren’t nearly as bad as people think. In fact, most patients who have had root canal therapy aren’t too worried if they’re told they need another. Still, your teeth could be extremely sensitive right after your treatment, and there are a few things you should do to keep your smile safe. Of course, we recommend following the specific instructions given to you by your dentist, but today we’re happy to give you some advice on what you should and shouldn’t eat after root canal therapy.

Of course root canals can only be painless because your teeth are numbed. However it’s important to note that this numbness can last for several hours after your treatment. Chewing while your teeth are numb can be difficult and can lead to biting your tongue and your cheek. This can cause painful sores in your mouth. While a simple solution to this problem may simply be chewing on only one side of your mouth, doing so isn’t a great idea.  If you chew on one side of your mouth, you may experience soreness.

Similarly, once your teeth are no longer numb, your tooth might be hurt by chewing hard foods. This is especially true if you’ve been given a temporary crown. In fact, chewing on hard food while you have a temporary crown could damage or dislodge your restoration.

To learn more about what you should and shouldn’t eat after root canal therapy, please feel free to contact us. We’re excited to hear from you.