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Have you heard that root canal therapy can save a tooth with a damaged center? If you decide avoid root canal therapy, the damaged tooth could eventually die and even fall out. Once you have root canal therapy, how should you continue to care for your teeth? More specifically, do you know what you should do—or avoid doing—to help your tooth heal?

First, you should avoid eating anything until after any numbness has worn off. If your mouth is numb, you could accidentally bite your tongue or your cheek and cause real damage. You should also only eat soft foods for the first few days following this therapy. Hard foods could cause damage to the work you just had done.

Please remember to chew cautiously and slowly until your mouth is healed. Furthermore, even though it may feel natural to chew exclusively on the side of your jaw that wasn’t affected by the root canal, please remember to use both sides of your jaw. If you don’t use both sides of your mouth, you could wear down one side of your teeth. If this happens, you may ultimately have to cope with a sore jaw.

If you’re interested in learning more about root canal therapy, we invite you to contact Nicoletti Dental Group at 845.452.8410. Dr. Jason Nicoletti will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you understand what you should expect to do after this treatment. We’re excited to hear from you soon.