When your dentist at D & G Dental informs you that you need a root canal, your instant thought is often, “what am I going to eat?” Now, advancements in dentistry now make the procedure no worse than a traditional dental filling so you will not have to limit your diet too much. It is not uncommon for it to be a bit tender for the next few days. As you recover from your root canal in Caldwell, there are several foods we recommend that you eat.
Eating after Your Root Canal
Your tooth may be a bit sensitive and tender for a few days following the procedure. For the first couple of days, you may want to eat on the opposite side of your mouth and avoid foods that are overly hard, like nuts and taco shells. It is best to stick with softer foods until the discomfort fully subsides. There are several that will make eating easy while promoting the healing and recovery process.
Smoothies: Smoothies are an excellent way to stay hydrated while receiving a healthy intake of fruits and vegetables. While you can put just about anything in your smoothie, we recommend bananas, oranges, and mangos for a healthy treat. Adding in a handful of spinach will give you vital nutrients that are found in dark leafy vegetables. While it may change the color, you will still enjoy the taste.
Vegetable Soups: A healthy soup will provide you with the nutrients you need while also giving you a hardy meal. To make your recovery process easier, prepare the soups a couple of days before your procedure and freeze them. Then, all you need to do is defrost and heat it for a quick, easy meal.
Eggs: As a plentiful source of protein, eggs are the perfect food for after a root canal. No matter if you have scrambled eggs and toast with breakfast or prepare a few hard-boiled eggs before your appointment, they are a great quick snack to have on hand.
Fish: Fish is far easier to chew than many other meats while also being a great source for protein. Boiled or grilled fish tends to be softer than baked, providing you with a simple, easy-to-chew meal. Top it off with some rice and steamed vegetables to complete your meal.
Recovering from Your Root Canal
After you have had root canal therapy in Caldwell, you will need to take extra care when eating for a few days. Plan meals ahead of time and ensure you have everything you need in your home before your appointment. It is best to avoid foods that are tough, crunchy, or chewy, which will not only cause pain, but can increase your risk for damage or infection. After the discomfort from the treatment subsides, you can resume your normal diet.
In addition to dietary changes, be sure to follow our instructions after your root canal to ensure a quick recovery. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact our office.