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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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.

112 Responses to Dreams About Losing Teeth

  • Cora

    I had one last night. I was standing in a mirror actually pulling the last tooth out myself and my whole mouth area sunk in and I started crying profusely. I took the last one out because someone… Any remember who it was… Said that since the rest were gone I mayas well pull that one out and I did

  • Jay

    Same dream today my dream is about i am in school and thinking why iam taking again to study i am already graduated and while iam walking going to i dont no my teeth is folling apart only in down part of my teeth and go to my uncle a dentist to check what happen and i want to make a new teeth and also see my relatives in my draem asking same question about get married or have a gf and itold them i lost my teeth and wake up check if all my teeth is gone help me what is the about this dream tell me.i think this is not about death.

  • Logan Tawhai

    I have recurring dreams about losing a tooth. The tooth changes from time to time. Most of my dreams where I am losing a tooth, its mainly half of it. And it’s breaking, I will be constantly pulling out little bits if my tooth but then when I run my tongue over the gap, my tooth is fully intacked. The dream that has stood out the most to me about losing a tooth, happened not to long ago and I was losing my tooth next to my cainie tooth on the bottom left. Im pulling it out and when I go to look at it, there are roots attached to it like a small tree but its red instead of brown. And I do this several times removing this one tooth and the red roots get bigger and bigger.

  • Jeff

    I had a dream last night that I lost 3 teeth.my stress and anxiety have been through the roof with jobs bills me and my gf are not doing the best and she is trying to get pregnant. I always dream but never of losing teeth.

    • GABBY

      I have these dreams a lot actually. Just last night I had the worse one yet. In my dream I was sitting and getting my hair done & my teeth started to fall off so I tried to play it cool and put them in my pocket… then my hair stylist would try to talk and I just remained quiet because I didn’t want anyone to know all my teeth were gone. Then the dream escalated to me getting very sick and couldn’t do anything then waking up in a hospital having this apparent humidity disease (I live in Wi so it would make sense)… with that being said I always wake up and freak out and have to touch my teeth and makes sure all is well.

  • Tamila

    Everytime when i dream of my teeth falling my family member dies, and last time it was my grandma and today i had a very scary dream and it’s my birthday its so strange that i saw this dream on my birthday my both incisor teeth the frontal huge ones i pulled them out because they were loose and it hurt and bled, it was scary and now im scared to hear bad news.

  • Rebecca Hessey

    I don’t remember all of it. I do remember my right big front tooth being loose for awhile (not sure how long). I’m thinking that I may have nudged it, but not sure, but it comes out. When I look at it it looks like one of the teeth in back. I have knowledge of a tooth on my bottom left (recently?) coming out. I don’t know if was replaced or not. I start sobbing / balling at the loss. My family is in another room waiting for me when I realize that they are going to start hearing me and think that someone will come check on me.

    • Lara

      I had a dream the exact same as this. But it was my front bottom left tooth!

  • Anon

    Ive been dreaming of loosing teeth on a regular basis for the pass several months, just last night i dreamed that i have lost 4 teeth. 2 of those 4 teeth i pulled myself and felt the slight pain and pressure as i wiggled it out.  The same type of pain and pressure when i was under nioxide ans novacain when i had 2 teeth pulled.  I do have anxiety, severe anxiety, and depressed. For about 10 years now, I’m 33 this july and have been trying to get out and overcome my depreesion and anxiety.  I joined the YMCA and lost 60 pounds but recently gained 20 back as i have back slide.  So started back to the Y and even went to the movies all by myself, with the help of my medications.  So according to the article, since i have been depressed and anxiety disorder for a long while that the dreams of loosing teeth is a good thing since im trying to change to something better, a life changing event.  But still loosing teeth?

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  • Julie Lambert

    I dreamt my bridge fell off still had the roots but no teeth 4 were missing upper left front teeth

  • Lulu

    I’ve dreamed last night that my teeth falls out. Half of my teeth falls out and I tried to put it back. I managed to put it back, but, it is still it is loosened yet intact. My teeth are not perfectly fit as it was before it falls out. My father was there beside me as I am brushing my teeth because it is quite dirty and yellowish. Then, I saw my boyfriend, he smiled at me, but, his two upper front teeth is decayed and full of cavities. Please help me, I want to know what this dream is telling me about.

  • kitsxx

    I’ve had numerous dreams about me losing my teeth. One that stood out the most is when I walked into a strange bathroom with a oldly green diming light and I glance into the mirror and notice blood surrounding my mouth. Once I looked down to the sink, there is a large amount of blood and several of my own teeth. A few minutes later, I realize all my teeth are either loose or falling out in the sink. Once I woke up, I sit up quickly and use my own finger to check if I still have my teeth. My heart beats uncontrollably because this dream felt so real. The following two weeks I think about this horrifying dream. Couple days later, the person that meant the most to me passes away, my grand-mother.

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