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You’ve just had root canal therapy—or maybe you’re about to—and you wonder what you can eat. Of course, we expect your dentist to give you specified advice, but there are a few things you should know.

For instance, did you know that root canals are mostly painless now? 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.

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.

Finally, please do not chew on one side of your mouth, because uneven chewing can cause soreness. To avoid all of these complications, simply eat soft foods for a few days.

If you are interested in learning more—or in scheduling an appointment with our team—please feel free to contact us soon. We look forward to meeting you.