Dealing with toothaches in Stamford

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One of the worst things to wake up to, or from is a toothache. Our Dentists in Stamford understand the pain a toothache can cause and want to help you find relief.

There are a variety of reasons you may be experiencing tooth pain. Many can be easily treated but some require long term care and a good plan.

Possible Causes of Toothaches in Stamford


  • Tooth decay is the number one cause of toothaches in children and adults. The bacteria produced by plaque causes a cavity, and the decaying pulp 
  • Food and debris between your teeth, especially if your teeth have spaces between them
  • Inflammation or infection at the root of the tooth or in the gums
  • Trauma to the tooth, including injury or grinding your teeth
  • Sudden fracture of the tooth or root
  • Splitting of the tooth that can occur over time
  • Teeth coming in without enough room or impacted wisdom teeth
  • A damaged filling
  • A sinus infection that can be felt as pain in the teeth
  • TMJ or other problems/injuries to your jaw, joints, or mouth muscles
  • Certain migraines


Symptoms of Toothaches

Symptoms of toothaches can be as simple, and painful, as shooting pain. But other indicators can arise, and with any combination of these, you should call us to make an appointment.


  • Pain in your teeth or jaw when chewing 
  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to heat or cold or sweet, acidic foods
  • Bleeding or discharge around a tooth or gums
  • Swelling around a tooth or swelling of your jaw
  • Injury or trauma
  • Bad breath
  • Fever
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Swollen glands


When to Seek Treatment for Toothaches in Stamford


  • If you have severe pain after an extraction
  • If the pain is accompanied with swelling of the gums or face, or you have discharge around a tooth and/or a fever 
  • An injury which causes broken or cracked teeth
  • Pain when you open your mouth widely 
  • Wisdom teeth are coming into the mouth causing inflammation of the gum. There may be swelling and it can make it difficult to swallow.
  • A facial rash associated with the toothache
  • Jaw pain occurring during chest pain
  • Trouble swallowing , pain, or bleeding of gums.


Any history of trauma, heart disease, diabetes, a weakened immune system, steroid use, or rashes that accompany the toothache may suggest causes of pain other than purely dental origin. These symptoms with toothache or jaw pain indicate that you should visit your doctor or a hospital’s emergency department.

Many toothaches can be relieved by over-the-counter medications, either topical or injested. However, if your pain is not relieved by over-the-counter drugs, or if it is accompanied by other symptoms, please contact us immediately to get an appointment at (203) 324-7777 so we can make the pain go away.