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A 52-year-old female asked:

how long after a retreatment of a root canal with a temporary filling, can you eat on that side/tooth?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Root canal: For specific info about your case, i suggest asking the endodontist or oral surgeon who treated you.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Wait until restored: As long as you have a temporary filling you will need to be careful eating on that tooth. Soft foods only, nothing hard, sticky or chewy until the tooth is completely restored. See your regular dentist or talk to the endodontist about this. In most cases the tooth should be restored quickly after the root canal procedure has been completed and the infection is under control.
Dr. Reena Gupta
Dentistry 19 years experience
till you restore it: After the rootcanal ..Want to restore with crown before chewing hard food ..If front tooth with small opening may be able to restore with fill..Your dentist would eval whats needed..Till than avoid hard crunchy food as tooth gets brittle after rootcanal.

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