Why are you concerned about the timing of the post-root canal diet?
Root canal surgery is a complex procedure. During root canal treatment, the tooth is susceptible to infection. Therefore, after the procedure, patients need to pay attention to the details of their diet, otherwise the root canal treatment will be compromised. Root canal treatment requires a total of 3-4 treatments, the first of which, the dentist will place medication into the pulp cavity and subsequently fill the gap with a temporary filling material. At this point the patient does not pay attention to the food he or she eats, the temporary material tends to fall off and affect the inactivation effect of the drug.
The second treatment is to remove the pulp and the dentist still fills the tooth with a temporary filling material. At this point the patient does not pay attention to the type of food. A small portion of the temporary material may fall off and bacteria can enter the pulp cavity and infect the pulp again. For the last time, the pulp cavity is filled with a root canal, and the dentist will use a regular filling material to restore the tooth. However, conventional filling materials need time to harden in order to make the tooth strong. Therefore, if the patient eats immediately after the procedure, the tooth’s regular filling material will be useless and affect the final outcome.
Is the temporary filling material harmful to your health?
Common materials used for temporary filling are: dental cement, zinc phosphate cement, zinc oxide eugenol, and calcium hydroxide. Temporary filling materials do not cause damage to the body. For example, the substance zinc phosphate, although it is slightly dissolved in saliva, but after dissolution of the composition is free acid, and carbonated drinks are similar. The rest of the trace components even have the effect of protecting other teeth. The point of the temporary filling material is to temporarily seal the root canal to avoid bacterial penetration, which can lead to root canal treatment failure. Therefore, the patient will not have any problems when eating, even if the temporary material is also eaten into the body.
How soon can you eat after a root canal
Root canal treatment usually takes some time to heal, and food is allowed two hours after the first and second surgical treatment. Patients have to eat normally and need to wait a day, as the temporary filling material takes 24 hours to dry out. The teeth are fragile after the treatment and the teeth should not bite hard food. At the end of the root canal treatment, it takes 48 hours for the regular filling material to completely stabilize. Therefore, patients can eat soft foods such as pasta and rice. Patients should eat less beef bones, candy and other foods.