Teeth Falling Out Dreams – What They Actually Mean


“Last night I dreamed that my teeth were falling out!” Dreaming of teeth, and particularly of losing your teeth, is a common recurring dream.  In fact, dreaming that your teeth are falling out is one of the most common dreams reported to some dream researchers.  The dream could involve the dreamer’s own teeth falling out, or the teeth of someone they can see.

In the dream, the teeth can fall out in different ways.  They can crumble into small pieces and fall into the dreamer’s hands, or they can fall out one by one while the dreamer is frozen in shock.  It may be that they don’t fall out at all, but rot or grow crooked. There are a hundred different ways the teeth fall out, but the common theme is that you lose your teeth at some point in the dream.

There is no one accepted reason why someone may dream of losing all their teeth, but there are several common theories.  As with other such dreams, dreams of loss of teeth is merely symbolism.  The symbols may mean something entirely different for you than they do for your neighbor or friend.

Teeth Falling Out Dreams

Teeth DreamOne theory that is commonly used to interpret losing your teeth in a dream is that your teeth are connected to your outward appearance. Losing your teeth relates to worrying about how other people view you. How you look without your teeth and the process of getting older.

Signs of aging such as wrinkles, losing our hair, and losing our physical ability can give a strong enough emotional response to cause you to dream about your teeth falling out. If you dream about losing your teeth it may indicate that you have been worried about growing older. Your dream might be telling you the importance of accepting your transitions in life with confidence.

Besides aging, these dreams are also common among people who have lost money, status, or a position of respect. You may have struggled recently with tasks that you used to perform effortlessly.

Teeth Dream Scenarios

To dream that you have false teeth may indicate fear of your self image and the opinion of people around you. Perhaps you are worried that people will uncover hidden details about you that you don’t want to be revealed.

Seeing animal teeth in a dream can indicate natural aggression and instincts.  Perhaps your dream is telling you to focus on making logical decisions, not ones based in anger.

If you dream that you are spitting out lots of teeth in your dream it may indicate that there is someone or something in your waking life that you need to spit out and get rid of.

Dreaming about a toothless person can indicate the loss of effectiveness that you have experienced as you began to age. Perhaps people don’t take you as seriously and have forgotten about all of your accomplishments in the past.

To dream that you are brushing your teeth may indicate that have been going throwing a hard time in your life and want to clean yourself from the things that are holding you back. Conversely, if you are self consciously about your teeth in your waking life it could indicate your desire to keep your smile white.

Dream that something is jammed between your teeth, may indicate that there is a problem in your waking life that may seem impossible to resolve, but the real solution is much easier than you suspect.

To dream about clean teeth that are shiny, may indicate that you are confident in the relationships that you have in your waking life and your financial security for the future.

To dream about the roots of your teeth may symbolize the stability of your relationships in you waking life. If you have strong roots it may represent strong foundations you have built with your loved ones.

If you have a gnawing pain in your roots that requires a root canal, perhaps you need to visit the dentist if this pain exist in your waking life.  Conversely, this could indicate that someone or something is causing you a lot of headaches in your waking life.

A Missing Tooth Could Be A Reminder Of Someone You Lost

Another interpretation of losing your teeth in a dream is that it is a reminder of someone that you lost. Since your teeth are one of the first things you will notice if it goes missing, this is symbolic that you are missing someone or something in your life.

These dreams can also indicate a loss of power. You may have lost your ability to bite down, which is a symbol of power.

Pulling Teeth

One of the most common teeth dreams that people have is pulling teeth dreams. Depending on the context of the dreams and the background of the dreamer, having your teeth pulled out will have different meanings.

Pulling teeth can indicate that you might be facing a radical change in your life. It can also indicate that you have a difficult time ahead of you.

According to Jung, when a tooth is being pulled out from a woman’s dream it can represent the process of giving birth and the painful experience of loss that is associated with giving birth that leads to a new beginning. The tooth is symbolic of having your child being pulled out from you during birth.

“The Meaning of teeth dreams is relative to the dreamer’s own life experiences.

Teeth DreamsPresages of Death

In come cultures in places such as Greece, Hispaniola, and Bosnia, if you dream your teeth are falling out or that your watching someone else lose their teeth, you’re receiving a notice that someone in your family will die, usually within a week.  Some say that if there is no pain involved in the dream that the death will be someone outside the family; but if there is pain, it will be a family member.  There are many cultures that have passed down this belief for generations.

Thought this is a popular belief for quite a few cultures, it doesn’t hold true for everyone.  In fact, dream researchers report that thousands of people have had teeth dreams that didn’t foretell death.


When you lose your teeth you’re losing your ability to survive without a struggle.  Such a dream may be an indication of the presence of disease within yourself or someone you love.

Loss of Power

Teeth represent strength and force.  They allow us to rip and tear, bite, and chew.  A loss of teeth can signalize a loss of power in your life.  This might be due to feeling powerless at work or if something is happening to you that you feel powerless to stop.  It may be as simple as feeling that no one understands what you’re trying to say.

Anxiety Over Appearance

Menopausal women frequently have dreams in which they are losing their teeth.  This can be an indication of a fear of becoming unattractive because of the changes brought by menopause.

These dreams have also tormented people who are feeling or seeing the effects of aging on their bodies.  A couple of grey hairs or a new wrinkle can signal the beginning of the deterioration of looks and physical ability, and bring on a nightmare in which the dreamer loses his teeth.

Fears of rejection can cause one to dream of losing their teeth.  Being unattractive to the opposite sex, being unable to perform sexually, or being perceived as unattractively old or weak might bring on a dream of teeth loss.

If you dream about being toothless or seeing someone without teeth, it could reflect your feelings about aging. If you are extremely upset over the appearance of your missing teeth, this could indicate that you do not want to grow older.


In Chinese lore, when someone loses their teeth in a dream they are being warned that lies are being spoken.

Spiritual Warnings

The Bible mentions teeth in Psalm 58:6 when King David prays for God to destroy his enemies.  He asks God to “Break their teeth in their mouth.”   Teeth are needed to chew food, they represent power.  To break someone’s teeth would be to reduce their power, reduce their ability to survive.  So losing your teeth in a dream could relate to a loss of power.

In Ezekiel 30:24 it says:  “And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand:  but I will break Pharaoh’s arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded [man].”  Teeth are bones and in this instance, we see the breaking of bones as the weakening of power.

Some spiritual leaders counsel that dreams of the loss of teeth mean that there is a loss of faith.  The dreamer is being warned that they are placing their faith in someone or something other than God.

Another spiritual interpretation involves a dream with falling teeth and loss of blood.  This indicates a demonic attack on the dreamer’s soul, possibly brought on by a lack of faith in God.

Looking a Fool

Dreams of teeth loss can also be interpreted as fears of being seen as foolish.  Losing your teeth while in a crowd may indicate that you’re afraid of being embarrassed in front of others.  Perhaps you’ll be giving a talk in front of a crowd and you’re nervous about how you’ll be received.  You might dream that your teeth are falling out in front of a crowd as a manifestation of these fears.  When you’ve given that talk and your worries are behind you, the dream should fade.

If you’re in front of just one other person when you lose your teeth, take a look at the person in your dream.  They may be an accurate or symbolic representation of someone you want to impress but are afraid you’ll instead embarrass yourself and look the fool when you next meet.


Remember the Tooth Fairy?  That tale may have imprinted itself in your psyche and the loss of teeth in your dream may be related to money.


If your career is not satisfying for you and you’re feeling stuck doing something you really don’t enjoy, you may have dreams of losing your teeth.

Conclusion – What Does Losing Your Teeth Really Mean

When it comes to dream interpretations, there is no universal interpretation that will apply to everyone. Every person on this earth is unique and has their own set of life experiences and beliefs. Your teeth falling out dream interpretation will be different than other persons meaning.

The key to unlocking the hidden truth behind your dream is to analyze your own thoughts and feelings and see what the dream means to you. Did dreaming about your teeth falling out to relate to your outward appearance and fears about getting old or losing your beauty?

Or did losing a tooth symbolize losing someone or something that was close to you? Is your missing tooth a constant reminder of that special someone that you have lost in your life? Have you been worried about the appearance of your teeth in your conscious mind?

Follow your gut feeling when interpreting your dreams.  These are popularly accepted meanings, but in the end, you should rely only on yourself and what your own subconscious is trying to tell you.

By paying close attention to your dreams and what they mean to you, personally, you are taking charge of your own life.  Your attention to matters your subconscious mind brings to your attention can help you to stop small fires before they become infernos.

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Alternative Interpretations

Dreaming of losing your teeth is a sign of fear. You may be afraid of others’ judgment of you. Your fear may be about old age and your loss of independence. A woman swallowing teeth can symbolize sexual desire or the desire for a child. Men swallowing teeth can represent being dominated by their partner. This is a sign to be more assertive. Try some romantic gestures to rekindle the romance in a relationship.

Spitting out teeth represents illness. It could be that someone close will be diagnosed with a terminal illness. Finding a tooth in the palm of your hand can mean an illness will stop you from moving your plans forward at this time. Be patient.

Pulling out your teeth indicates you need some time out after going through a stressful situation. Having more than two teeth fall out can mean you may be involved in a serious accident. Remember, always be aware of what is going on around you. Stay safe.

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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for Dream Stop and has been working in the field of dreams for the past decade. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. These interpretations are for entertainment purposes only. Stephen's interpretations should be considered an opinion, not professional advice.


  1. please which of the dream interpretation goes with me loosing the lower left of my teeth (more than 4teeth) on the palm of my hand after forcefully removing thread stock in between the teeth when no one came to my help.The teeth pulled out to my palm, I felt no pain but I was a bit fearful in the dream and the lady(which I don’t know in my waking up) was cautioning me to cobtrol it frm pulling out. please I need a clear interpretation. I’m scared because someone close to me is going for an eye surgery soon.

  2. I had a dream that I was with my girlfriend. We were joking around with each other like normal and everything was fine. Then she smiled and her teeth looked black. I was confused and thought that maybe she had something on them so I leaned forward and tried to scrape it off with my finger nail… nothing came off, her tooth just wiggled. That’s when I realized her teeth were rotten. She looked scared, she reached into her mouth and tried to scrape it off and she ended up pulling her front tooth out. It really scared me, I felt like I was going to cry. I lead her to the bathroom so she could look in the mirror and when she saw her teeth she started to cry and pull them out one by one…

  3. Hello, I need help the meaning of loosing a tooth?
    I had a dream and they kept repeating me that I am together with my family it was very unclear, but we were rushing to go to make a repair for a grandma roof. Suddenly my one teeth was moving to fall out, I have started to panic because it is impossible to loose my teeth in age 22. I went to show that my grandma, when I laid down all teeth bared on my hands. Last moment I heard from my grandma is, now we are going to put a new teeth for you.
    Please can you tell me what does mean as it is very important to me.

  4. I am facing many things in my life but I had a dream that the bad tooth I have I pulled it out bare hands there was no pain but alot of blood as I looked at the root it was very long and along side of it was two headless nails I was confused as why the hell the nails were attached to my root if anyone can shed light on my dream please help…

    • That’s so creepy, my dad’s ex’s mom dreamed that and the next day her son died, then it happened again several years later and her husband passed away in his sleep. I just had the same dream and I’m a little freaked out now!

  5. This is my one of the most recurring dream. It usually begin with my pulling out one tooth but all of a sudden all teeth start falling into my hands. I don’t know what to do, I mean IT”S ok if I see It once but this dream is never gonna leave me its like more than a year or two.

  6. A few days ago I had a horrible nightmare. All my life I’ve had dreams of losing a tooth prior to someone passing. I never remember anything about the dream but how my tooth falls out & what tooth it is. Nothing before that, then I wake in a panicked state. It’s gotten worse since I’ve figured out that for me these dreams do mean loss.
    The most recent dream I remembered everything before hand, this has never happened before.
    In this dream my spouse walks past me with blood running down his face & a moment later an eerie man with white powder & black under his eyes walks past me with the same injury as my spouse.
    I’m more afraid now than ever. I can’t lose the love of my life. I’m so lost about this.

  7. I dreamt that I was at at barbecue, it was at night, and everyone there was eating-meat in particular. In my dream, I grabbed the biggest drumstick and began eating it. All of a sudden my teeth began to fall out. One by one they each fell right into my hand. I stood there in shock as everyone else continued eating the meat. The very next day my husband was killed in a motorcycle accident.

  8. i have had my teeth removed and I now have a beautiful new smile. Last night I dreamed my teeth were growing back in all jaggy . I’m not sure what that means

  9. I’ve been a marijuana user for almost 2 years and I also got hooked on Oxy and hydrocodone. Right now I am in an outpatient drug program and trying to end my addiction. The other night I had a dream that i was at someones house and that i picked up some weed and a bottle of Oxy. I popped an Oxy at the dark house and then went home. When I got home I opened up the bottle and saw that it wasn’t Oxy in the bottle, it was teeth. I have no idea what the fuck that dream means and I’m extremely confused.

    • I’m just a random person that happened upon this site because I’ve been dreaming about losing my teeth, but I read your comment and I really feel like it’s saying the oxy is where you found your “power” and felt like you had some sort of control of your life. Though really that’s what made you have the least control.. having gone through many programs you probably are very aware of that. Anyway, I feel like it’s a sign that you need to rewire yourself to affiliate power with a different source. Maybe get plugged in with a local church and find your power in God’s strength, greatest power of all!!(: A lot better than a bottle of teeth hahah
      Anyways, good luck with everything. I think it’s great that you’re staying strong and getting back on your feet. Feel free to email me if you need anything!

  10. I dreamed that there were people fighting, people being pushed down the stairs and there was blood everywhere. I just came out of a room (where i discussed a class schedule with someone) and as I walked I watched all of the chaos happen. Soon after walking a few steps my teeth felt funny (light like they were going to fall out). I began to walk around and I walked halfway down some stairs that I saw in the distance and then walk back up just hearing yelling and screaming and seeing more fighting. Eventually I knew something was wrong and one bottom tooth felt loose and then all of my teeth begin to fall out in different colors into my hands (when my teeth feel out I felt no pain and did not see any blood). I saw a man wearing a white shirt with colorful words (written on his shirt) but I couldn’t make out what it said. I motioned toward the man and said to him “my teeth are falling out !” And then he asked “were you fighting? My teeth are falling out too. I’m trying to stop all of the fighting.” I said to him “no I was not fighting.” He then told me to sit against the wall and not to move and I guess in my sleep I was pressing my tongue against my teeth (in real life) and my teeth felt like they were there (in my mouth) which woke me up from the dream. what could this dream mean?

  11. In my dream i didn’t loss my teeth but my little cousin did and i witness it in my dream. would these interpretations pertain to my dream as well?

  12. I dream that my teeth was been taking out there was a lot of blood but I took my teeth and put it back what does this mean ??

  13. I had a drwam I was all dressed up going to dinner when I was there talking and I had to excuse myself cause my mouth is bleeding.in the bathroom mirror I look at the tooth which is in the wrong place(back tooth is in front of mouth) I see that im gonna have to pull it so I start doing that and when I finally pull thd tooth out blood is spurting out of my mouth. I wake up also these people in the dream like me and one family member is there she knows my favorite color is green and points out how im wearing red its also my birthday in the dream.

  14. Trish Lee Gulledge on

    I had a nightmare that i watched someone else’s teeth be pulled out one at a time and out put back in as punishment, its freaking me out and i feel like it means something

  15. I had a dream last night I pulled a front tooth out that was small and hanging by a nerve, there was no pain. I cut the nerve with a pair of scissors and spat out some blood. I rinsed my mouth with some cold water and spat it out in to the hand basin and in the water I spat out was blood. I did this several times and that was the end of the dream. What could the dream mean please?

  16. Oh! I always lose someone when I dream about my teeth and as today I dreamed that I lost my teeth not all of them just 3 of them!!!that’s so weird!!! And the teeth are so big and ugly 🙁 oh wish not losing anyone .-.

  17. ok so last night I had a dream that I pulled my left front tooth with no pain it was so vivid and clear I actually thought I did it idk what it means I ask everyone and they’re like something bad is going to happen

  18. I keep on dreaming losing teeth. one time I see that one of my teeth are falling. and the othere time I see that my teeth one by one become loose and start falling and I see that many broken and fallen teeth (with roots) are coming out of my mouth. and one time I dreamed that my theet with my hard palate fall of my mouth and I was looking for glue to fix it!!!

  19. I had a dream that my tooth fell out and I tried to put it back in.
    I asked my father he said it means death or loss of some one. Short time after my grandmother died.

    • I believe that,my dad was here earlier for dinner and he mentioned that he lost two teeth but there was no pain.
      Just a few minutes ago we found out that his relative had died suddenly and was at Bankstown hospital.

  20. I had a dream where I was watching a tv commercial with someone losing there teeth after they rotted. It was really weird.

  21. I had a dream last night that me and my husband’s sister (whom I hardly see) where trading out our teeth with eachother. I have looked everywhere on the internet to find what it means, but i cant find anything! It’s so freaky!

  22. i had an odd dream last night and all i can remember from it is that i had false teeth and took them out for the first time and it tasted horrible like something was rotting, any interpretations of what that might mean?

  23. My boyfriend woke up and told me that he had a weird dream that we got into a fight and broke up. However, as we were breaking up he hit me and broke all my teeth. What could it mean if someone is breaking your teeth.

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