Losing Teeth Dream

Losing teeth in a dream is a common symbol representing anxiety. It tends to come up during times of transition and often points to concerns experienced by the dreamer in waking life.

Tuck coming to save dreamer about to loose their teeth

What does it mean when you dream about losing your teeth?

Dreams about losing teeth generally symbolize:

  • Losing teeth in a dream: Representation of anxiety
  • A costly compromise or decision
  • Radical change
  • Starting a new project or phase in your life
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The scenario of losing teeth is one of the most common in the field of dream interpretation. Written examples of such dreams are said to be traced since the second century.

Woman dreaming about loosing her teeth

  • Dreams about losing teeth reveal anxiety

According to recent studies in dream interpretation, dreaming about losing your teeth is an indicator of anxiety and, possibly, depressive states. Dreams about losing teeth also tend to point to feelings of helplessness and lack of control over one’s life circumstances.

In “The Loss of Teeth in Dreams: An Empirical Investigation” (in Psychological Reports), the analyst compares the personality profile of people who have recurring dreams about losing teeth with some who have recurring dreams about flying. The article states that people who are dreaming often of losing teeth “are significantly more anxious and depressed, had lower ego strength, were less satisfied with their lives (…).”

  • Common interpretations of losing teeth in dreams: Death and fear of aging

Until the end of the 20th century, it was common to interpret losing teeth in dreams as a sign of the future death of a family member. This meaning associated with the loss of a tooth or teeth in a dream is held in various traditions, including traditional Chinese and some native American dream interpretations.

More recently, a more symbolic interpretation is preferred to present losing teeth in dreams as a representation of the dreamer’s fear of aging. The idea of death is still present, but the interpretation focuses now more about the dreamer’s concern over her own death and lack of control over the process of aging.

  • Losing teeth in dreams: Representation of personal loss

Dream interpretation studies show that dreams about losing teeth commonly occur during times of transition where the dreamer experiences a higher level of anxiety than usual. The loss of a tooth or teeth in your dream could be a way to bring symbolically bring to your awareness something you are giving up or feel like you are losing in your waking life.

A dream of losing teeth could be a reminder that you either made a decision or are about to make one that feels like a heavy compromise and could generate emotional suffering if not dealt with it consciously. You may be facing a situation where you have to make costly compromises and the trade-off is not satisfying.

  • Dreaming of losing teeth: Symbol of a new start

A positive interpretation for losing teeth in dreams associates tooth loss imagery with giving birth to something new in your life. Jung, one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century at the origin of Jungian dream analysis, suggests that, especially for women, dreaming about losing a tooth or teeth relates to birthing.

In the field of contemporary dream analysis, the imagery of losing teeth can be understood symbolically as the process of starting something new like a project, a relationship or changing habits both for men and women.

  • Dreams about losing teeth as indicators of life changes

If you’re dreaming of losing teeth or a tooth, such a dream strongly indicates that you are dealing with events that feel like you are letting go of something important. Perhaps you are just changing jobs and feel like you are leaving something behind.

A dream about losing teeth as you just moved could also point to the feeling of missing the comfort or familiarity of your old home or apartment.

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Dreaming about losing lots of teeth on ground

What about Dreaming of Losing a Lot of Teeth?

If you are dreaming of losing a lot of teeth or feel horrified in your dream, it’s important to remember that the intensity of this symbolic imagery reflects the intensity of the anxiety or loss you may be experiencing in your waking life.

The dramatization of these feelings through the imagery of losing your teeth symbolizes how costly some choices may be for you. As Gillian Holloway explains in The Complete Dream Book, “the gore of the dream imagery reflects the severity of the price being paid to keep the peace or stay the course.”

Dream research: Do women dream more about losing their teeth than men?

dreams losing teethSeveral psychological studies point to possible gender differences in dreams about teeth falling out. According to psychological research on dreams, women seem to dream more about teeth falling out than men. (Source: “Typical Dreams: Stability and Gender Difference”. Psychological Reports, 1984)

Among the prevalent themes for women are dreams about teeth falling out, but also eating delicious food, being locked up, tied, seeing a person who is alive as dead, and failing an examination. Men show a higher prevalence than women for dreams about sexual experiences. Other themes include: having magical powers, finding money, wild beasts, killing someone, to name a few.

Losing teeth dream: Questions to further analyze your dream

Losing teeth in your dream is an indicator of your ambivalence or the cost of a compromise you’ve been making. A losing teeth dream is a call to examine the reasons behind a decision you’ve made or have to make and how you feel about preserving the status quo or changing how things are.

Dreaming about losing a tooth or teeth draws the dreamer’s attention to important questions:

  • Will you maintain the direction over the long term, make small adjustments or take a totally new course?
  • How willing or able are you to tolerate the discomfort or tension of the situation you are in?
  • What do you need to better align your life or living conditions with your priorities?

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Note about this dream interpretation guide:
Accurate dream interpretation does not require you a become a clairvoyant or psychic who can do readings to predict the future, nor an astrologer who knows how to read horoscopes and make forecasts based on your zodiac sign.

Serious dream work compels you to engage your intellect, imagination, and intuition together. It engages both sides of your brain by combining activities associated with the analytical left hemisphere and the intuitive and holistic right hemisphere. Dream interpretation is both intuitive and intellectual, and as such, it can be part of a rich process of personal development.

Unlike the predictions found in horoscopes or psychic readings, dream interpretation relies on your active participation. When you interpret your dreams, put yourself in the shoes of the dream interpreter who understands the symbols and meanings of your dreams the best.


1097 Responses to Dreams About Losing Teeth

  • Wendi

    I had a dream the other night that I ran my tongue over my front set of teeth and felt a gap so in this dream I looked in the mirror and saw that my 2 front teeth were missing. (in real life I am not missing any teeth/no current dental issue). Thank you!!

  • MILDRED r

    I LOOSE ALL MY TEETH what does it mean… i assume my brother who passed away last 2014 are reminding me to visit him.. and ofcourse to focus in my goals.. which is what is matters most… just enjoy the life here in our world and do what i love MY PRIORITIES…. MY WORK… MY BUSINESS.. and take care love our family PARENTS…

  • M3Li$$a

    I have upper dentures… but my bottom teeth are real. I keep dreaming that all my teeth are still real & I pull the top ones out one by one…. weird part is my mom is always in the dream… different place, but always with my mom. & in real life, she lives in a different state than me…

  • Ainsley

    I dreamed that all my teeth came out at one like pulling a dencher out and the imimage is still fresh in my mind and it’s very very desterbing

  • Lydia Davis

    I had a dream in which my teeth felt really lose and I was picking at one of them (upper cuspid) and then it came out. The next one to come out was the lower right 1st bicuspid and then the upper right central came out. I have always been really conscious about my teeth and I’ve had couple dreams before about losing teeth and it’s scary and weird. Then in the dream who I asked my dad that I wanted to go to the dentist, he agreed but kept delaying it. What does that mean?

  • Lancelot

    A couple nights ago I dreamt that I lost a tooth, it had little holes in it and had a filling.

  • Ellie

    I have been dreaming about losing teeth for years now and it’s getting to the point I’m actually afraid of losing teeth now I can feel all the pains and all the tightness that my braces used to give me when I was young but when I wake up the pain is like a dull ache (where I think I may have been grinding my teeth in my sleep) any advise?

    • MJ207

      See a dentist and get fitted for a retainer. There are different sorts, some are more comfortable and cheaper than others. This will stop you teeth moving and protect them from grinding. If you grind you will eventually fracture them. Breaking teeth costs more than the retainer and then you can stop worrying about this. If you dont use a retainer the teeth will just move back to where there were naturally.

  • Erika

    I’ve been dreaming of my teeth falling out for 2 nights now, I didn’t feel any pain but it was so weird.

  • Bella

    I dreamed last night , that I was in a bad accident (cant remeber what kind ) and I felt my mouth wet and bloodied. I started spitting out hoards of teeth (more than what your supposed to have in your mouth) the pain was intense. Afterwards I remember driving and looking in the rearview mirror and seeing my mouth looking sucked in and droopy, and clearly stated to my passenger(whoever it was) that I had that old lady mouth now lol

  • Drei

    In my dream, I was pushing one of my tooth with my finger and it went off. I was shocked but I did not feel pain and we we’re laughing about it. We examined the tooth and it has several holes.

  • Samantha

    I dreamt that I was brushing my teeth then all of a sudden an intense pain started to happen and most of my teeth fell out. I cried to my Dad and said “Could I get fake teeth? Please make a dental appointment asap!” … Thats all I remember. I’ve been very stressed lately with family issues. Possibly I could feel this way due to my family not being together anymore. So the loss/anxiety above makes sense.

  • matisetso

    hi, dreamed someone telling me to stop eating the kind of I eat and the following day dreamed of loosing half of my upper teeth left,dont know whats the meaning.

  • Dom

    I dreamt I was by a shop, I went into the shop with two people and we started running around, we left the shop and started running down the street and there was this person on the bike who started insulting me, I insulted the person back and it went on like this. The bike rode back and forth a couple time until I fell over on a patch of grass, I felt a pain, I started spitting up blood, and then a tooth came out and then suddenly more blood came out and more teeth came out I was just spitting out teeth, all my teeth where out and I was standing there trying to communicate with this girl but it hurt so bad. That’s when I woke up…

  • odi

    in my dream i was standing infront of the mirror i have a partial denture and it started cracking and suddenly i just saw teeth felling out of my mouth in my hand i started calling my deceased mom to have a look this dream got me scared.

  • Magoro

    Idream of one of front tooth getting loose and I remove it get ot with almost eight of my upper teeth. And later I dream on me paying visit of my late girlfriend. Is there any link here?

  • paulina

    I dreamt I was looking on the mirror and I had a loose teeth, it fell out with like 4 others, and broke another, then more and more started falling out but in my mouth it looked as if I still had all of my teeth until two teeth on my lower side got loose and I knew they would be noticeable and I realized they would never grow again, there was a lot of bleeding and I couldn’t talk much

  • A peter

    was your boss in it ?

  • w smith

    I was flying a plain and and I felt one of my teeth was lose so I went to grab it and all four front teeth fell out in my hand, what does this mean?

    • ROBERT

      IT MEANS YOU CAN’T SPELL PLANE PROPERLY.

  • Adrianna

    I remember i had 2 dreams of my teeth feeling weird like they were to heavy for my mouth and i was talking to my parents and it felt like something was inbetween my teeth so i went to get it out and one of them fell out and next thing i know 1by 1 all of them started to fall out i was so upset and i remeber i had to go to work in half an hour and i was upset i didnt know how i was going to be able to work with the public(retail store) and i remeber i was at work and i tried my best not to open my mouth then i woke up. The other i dont remeber where i was but all i remeber is feeling that heavy feeling again and i freaked out thinking i was going to lose them all again. i woke up fast after i had that strange feeling. There has been a lot of stress in my life lately and im trying to keep everyone happy so that no one is mad at me and some days i feel like i fail everyone and some days i wish i could be a better person. I would love change but i guess im scared of sacrifices im needing to change.

    • Carlo Abelido Dionela

      Hi, Mabuhay!
      I was dreaming of losing most of my teeth last part of holy week. But I caught all of them with my hands. Then I yelled to people, ‘Popcorns, anyone?’
      I read about this and to my surprise, the meaning is so true for my case.

      • Nandipha makamba

        Hy i have a weird dream of my teeth falling all of them at the same tym and one of them goes through my throut i call my sister n i show her myteeth i was crying thinking about what will myboyfriend say when he saw me

    • MonicafromRoswell

      Adriana, omg I had a dream my boyfriend and I were driving. All of a sudden I felt this pain in my mouth. One tooth fell out. Then all of a sudden I went to look at my mouth again and all my teeth were rotting out falling out spitting out lots of teeth even my jaw bone was coming out. My whole mouth was rotting.and all I could think was please lord let me keep my front teeth so no One will notice. But they all rotted and fell out..just like u im always trying to please everyone..I need to make some big changes in my life I don’t knw where to start..

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