Teeth Crumbling Dream

A dream featuring teeth crumbling generally represents feelings of powerlessness. This type of anxiety dream reminds you of a costly compromise or dilemma that’s impacting your life negatively. Have a look at what is falling apart in your life and take action before it’s too late.

Dream scene with woman running on crumbling teeth

Dream meanings of crumbling teeth

Dreaming about crumbling teeth could represent:

  • A costly compromise or decision
  • Things are falling apart
  • Feeling powerless, losing your power
  • Fear of the effect of aging on health and body
  • Insecurity you are currently experiencing in some area of your life

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Woman unhappy about her teeth dream

Crumbling teeth: Dream symbol for costly compromises

Crumbling teeth in your dream symbolize the cost of making a compromise that could be difficult to sustain long term. Dreaming of crumbling teeth reflect ambivalence you feel about a challenging situation or difficult choice you’ve made recently.

Perhaps you are feeling you have been giving your personal power away in a relationship or are staying in job or company that does not fully satisfy you. Dreaming about teeth crumbling points to the cost of this compromise. For instance you may experience frustration, feeling you’re wasting your talent or your time, value conflicts, tension within yourself or with others.

Teeth crumbling in a dream: When things fall apart in your life

A dream about crumbling teeth could also be a pun on the word “crumbling”: Typically, when things get out of control or are being destroyed under some pressure, we say that they “crumble”. Dreaming of crumbling teeth could indicate that this destructive dynamic is playing in your life.

The idea of losing your teeth or having teeth crumble could point to the fear or concern over losing your power, being involved in a situation where you feel powerless. Crumbling teeth could remind you in dream images that what was once stable and long-standing could very well be unstable and subject to change.

A possible interpretation for this type of teeth dream is about fear of physical aging, losing teeth as they crumble being a symbol of the effect of aging.
Dream scenery with crumbling teeth wall

Crumbling teeth dream interpretation: Putting it all together

A dream about crumbling teeth is a reminder of consequences of a decision you’ve made. It usually symbolizes a compromise that is costly to you or possibly to people close to you.

When your teeth are crumbling in your dream, ask yourself how viable your decision is long term and consider what other options are available to you.

This teeth dream theme is closely related to the idea of things falling apart, both literally and symbolically. To further interpret your dream, ask yourself:

  • What is currently crumbling under your feet or around you?
  • Do you have the feeling that things are falling apart in your life?

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43 Responses to Crumbling Teeth Dream

  • Bze

    The crumbling of my teeth has been a recurring dream over the past 10 years or so. Some of the time the teeth would partially come out and then others they would just crumble off the gums. The most recent one I encountered was, I was simply walking along a path of sorts and the teeth were crumbling in chunks off the gums. Ironically, I had a ziplock baggy with me to put them in. Somehow, I reached an entryway with crumbled teeth in baggy and somehow managed to drop a few on the doorstep in a puddle of “yuck”. “The end . . .  ??? what the heck ?? Mixed messages to me. (note; 50 y.o, mother is aging quickly, struggling to care for immediate family and earning an income to do that)

  • Joe Shmoe

    My dream started off with me only having a couple teeth, then I go to feel one of them and the whole tooth crumbled off with a slight tug.

    Then as my dream continues, turns out I’m pregnant with a baby giraffe (and I only knew b.c. my belly was transparent), so i went somewhere to get it removed.

    Then i was pregnant with a baby elephant, and I took very good care of this one. But as i was getting into bed, i saw my brother lying on his back on the bed with fabric covering his face, and as I go past him to the other side of the bed, I bump my belly and the elephant ends up dying (drying up and turning into stone)

    Relatable or Nah

  • Angel McDaniel

    In my dream I was in a stairwell, and then I enter this room and two people I know were there. As we sit in this room they look at me as if I am a stranger. But as time goes on in this dream, MY TEETH start crumbling and chipping off. I lost two teeth as well. But when I looked in the mirror I looked better. I didn’t look like anything had changed for the bad.As my dream goes on the people disappear from the room only to reappear. It doesn’t phase me until the end of my dream when the room starts filling up with water and all the doors lock. They are still coming and going as they please as this is happening. These people were also laughing at my teeth situation that I was taking very seriously. I notice my children out the window, They are being put in a car by people I do not know. I bang and bang on the window. But no one takes notice. I start looking for something material wise to break through.(mind you I have no idea where I am in this dream. The room is like in a horror movie and your in a old southern house that is decaying. It looked like down south outside as well, and I have never been down south)anyways I am at the point where I am trying to force myself to wake up, Because I really don’t want this dream. So I am almost through the wall with a huge freaking rock and blood alover my hands. Then poof I pull myself out of my dream and now I sit Wondering WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED IN MY DREAM! Also, I rarely have dreams, So when I dream I take them very very serious…..

  • Lauren

    In my dream, i was back at my high school playing my old clarinet (badly) when i felt something not right in my mouth. I ran to the washroom to look and i just started spitting out ENDLESS amounts of small gravel-like tooth fragments into my hands. I kept all the handfuls in a jar in my backpack thinking my dentist wouldn’t believe what had happened. The worst feeling of it all was constantly having my mouth full of these tooth fragments that i couldn’t clear mt mouth of.

    • Dev

      Same with me, i see this dream so many times, all my teeth crumble and i bite on the fragments with blood oozing and tears falling from my eyes

    • Maggie

      Lauren, I just woke up from a dream like this. And the fragments of teeth started out small and then became excessive and were filling up in my mouth faster than I could spit them out. I looked at my open mouth in a mirror and my teeth were being ‘ground down’ and some where completely gone, and then later (rotten) teeth had started growing in the sides of my mouth. And there was so much blood. Right before I woke up I had this close up view of my mouth after losing what seemed like hundreds of teeth, and my mouth (lips) was deteriorating and seemed to have slow moving maggots in it.

    • Whitney Adams

      This is a reoccurring dream for me. I’m always at my old high school talking with friends when my teeth starts to fall out. I wonder what high school has to do with this. I graduated about 5-6 years ago.

  • Chase olson

    In my dreams i consistently just like really really bite hard and keeping biting/putting lots of pressure on my canines until they break or pop out, im always trying to stop myself from doing it but whenever my moutb closes at all it just goes back to super clamp.

    Am i Just stressed beyond a reasonable amount?

    • Vanessa M.

      I had the exact same dream, I kept grinding and chomping my back canines and teeth so much I was basically taking them out by breaking them out of my gums but not by my own will because I stopped trying like you too but it just kept happening when my mouth was closed.

      • Anonymous

        Weird,my name too is Vanessa and my middle initial and maiden name starts with an M. I’ve had many dreams through the years of either losing teeth or them breaking and having pieces in my mouth. I’m always glad when I wake up.

    • David McGinness

      I have this one too and I’m quite concerned about it because it keeps coming back.

      If I even have suroundings in the dream, I never remember them. I just become aware that I’m biting down really hard. When I try to stop it feels like my jaw is locked in place or something and I just feel the pressure build and build while hearing the sound of teeth grinding together.  Eventually I’m able to stop and by then I can reach up and pull the pressured tooth out.

  • banjo k.

    what the heck all of my teeth falled out in my dreem but then when i woke up, they were atchully gone!?!?! i need too find a dentist to put my teeth back, found them under my pillow this morning. not sure if ill get the dentist to put them back or if ill just be rich from the tooth fairy. comment below what you think i shud do!! thanks

    • vilin p.

      tooth fairy option 100%

  • Anonymous

    My teeth kept falling out in my dream, but Everytime I checked the my reflection or checked my teeth with my fingers they were all still intact.. aye aye..

    • /

      I had THIS exact dream! No nasty teeth but every time I would look away from the mirror the crumbling began again

    • Loly

      I was having those dreams for a while. And in my country it means that you going to loss someone close to you. I lost my husband and that was the dreams I was having 6 month before he die

      • R

        I had a dream that I was singing in a musical that I have recently done, and suddenly I felt my mouth start to feel tight and painful and I couldn’t close my mouth. So when I got home I looked in the mirror and my two front teeth on the bottom had folded in, so I tried to stand them back up. My mouth still felt painful so I looked again and the entire right side row of teeth (on The bottom) had collapsed in. And I could feel everything as well as see everything!

  • Alice

    In my dream, my teeth were perfect but the backs of my teeth were crumbling while the front of the tooth stayed perfectly intact… The back part was like rotted, moldy, crumbly cheese. I would put the slightest pressure and it would crumble into a nasty soft cheese-like substance… This article confirmed my thoughts about why I might have had this dream.

    • raz

      What we have almost the same dream my front tooths were fine but tye back ones and the ones that are damaged and wa fixed by a dentist a slight touch on my toungue was like the tooth is crumbling like cheese but mine does not look rotten. goosebumps omg

      • raz

        What I just noticed that your dream and mine just occured a day before holy!! Oct 26-27

  • Cody

    My teeth were like all gross and black and cracked and fell apart really easy. I barely touched my front tooth and it just broke off into big-ish pieces. My teeth were also different, I had one front tooth which was cracked and I had two molerat like buck teeth on each side of the first tooth. The bucktooth on the left was black it started in the top left of the tooth then slanted down to the middle rightish of the tooth. The other bucktooth was already broken off halfway evenly in the middle and it was the only white tooth in my mouth.

    • Heather

      Me too!! Slanted, nasty, crumbling teeth…it felt so real. It was horriable.my bottom teeth were fine they just looked so yellow. Yuk!

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  • Kerri

    hi dream last night that my tooth was crumbling and when I took a look it was very white and I took the bigger piece it was it had something like a sting on it and I wiped it off,then I looked in my mouth was pulling on my tooth and it came out as a long string very white and its like the more I pull the more came out…

    • Jane

      I had this dream last night,where I was in front of the bed where my sister was on and I just put my hand on my mouth and one of my front tooth was broken and my sister was like “I told you not to do it , it wasn’t a good idea!” and she was definitely not talking about the tooth but something else which am not sure what it was.

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  • VideoPortal

    This is true but not what i was looking for. Everytime i dream of my teeth falling out a death occurs. Whether it is 1 or 5 teeth somebody close or somebody i know has died.

    • Light

      Funny you say that , I had this dream just now.
      My nana has passed away. I didn’t know her that well but maybe I am feeling the family and family ties grieving…?

      • jonny

        hope your okay

  • Shaundi

    This is crazy to me!! Just dreamed that one by one my teeth would crumble and I would spit them into my hand and put each ‘tooth’ in piles on a table, hoping a dentist could put them back together. I was doing everything I could to keep them from crumbling but it kept happening. Finally I saw my smile with only my top two teeth left and said ‘what the heck’ and spit one of them out whole. I need to simplify my life!!

  • Rosemary Lopez

    I had dream about crumbling of my tooth, just received news about a friend who passed away in a car accident.
    I hate those dreams!!!

  • micky

    wow i have these teeth are being are grinding on eachother and then snapping off into my hands everynight usually.. i have alot of things in my life uncontrable and bad anxiety so probaly explains it.

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