Falling Teeth

Teeth Falling Out Dream Meaning

Teeth Falling Out Dream Meaning

One of the most popular dreams of all time teeth falling out represents fear or oppression.

Teeth falling out, breaking, missing, pulled, spat out, breaking, crumbling or rotting are common dreams and relate to our inner well-being, inadequacy, strength, and how we survive in the world. If an animal loses its teeth it will not survive. In dream psychology, the teeth symbol is associated with our inner control and power. When teeth start to fall out in your dream it is a sign to take control and decrease stress levels. Scientists have found that losing teeth dreams can be the result of grinding teeth during sleep.

What does it mean when you dream of your teeth falling out?

In folklore to dream of teeth is often unfavorable, to have a tooth pulled out indicates that you will encounter displeasure, to dream of a tooth coming away can indicate you are worried about losing someone close to you. Losing all teeth denotes financial wealth. A filling can predict great pleasures. There is a goldmine of information on teeth dreams and I have studied hundreds of dream books and psychological papers on teeth dreams and covered them all here. The psychotherapist Freud, examined the teeth falling out of dreams which I will cover first. Let me introduce myself. I’m Flo and I have been studying dreams for twenty years I have easily written this dream meaning into questions and answers - so you can find your dream meaning quickly, just scroll down.​

​​​​​​What is a dream psychologist's view on teeth falling out in a dream?

In Freudian terms, the "teeth falling out" dream connects to our inner relationships. In his books, he covered many meanings about teeth falling out. Consequently, referring to an extracted tooth as a symbol relates to losing something in life. There is much emotion that surrounds your dream, the removal of the tooth implies that things are going to change. Freud's basic framework has been applied to this dream. Freud believed that teeth were related to oppression in a sexual manner. Since however, we have moved on to a more modern world since Freud we may dream of teeth "falling out" when we feel oppressed in many aspects of our lives. This, therefore, extends far beyond oppression from a psychological standing. In many cities throughout the world, the dream of teeth is the most popular. Research has shown falling out teeth appears in our dreams a whopping 40% of the time. So what I am trying to say is that you are not alone having this dream. It can be quite disturbing to see your own teeth falling out! From a more spiritual perspective, teeth in dreams were connected to being grounded. In a nutshell, from a psychological point of view, the dream is connected to oppression. There have been numerous dream interpretations of teeth falling out but none of which have been completely comprehensive. I will now define each teeth dream to give you some clarity on what this means in your dream world. Specifically, the key meanings associated with losing your teeth will be dependent upon how you feel during your dream. Maybe you have had a difficult period of time at work? If so, it is time to think about what you really want from life in general.

What is the spiritual meaning of dreaming of teeth falling out?

The folklore around losing teeth is quite immense. Teeth generally indicate that we have a fear of power loss. Spiritually, in dream lore, this dream indicates we are worried about growing old. In old Scottish folklore losing teeth indicates a sickness. In gypsy folklore, it was thought that dreaming of teeth falling out was a prediction own death. Do I believe this to be true? As I already mentioned 40% of the adult population dream of teeth falling out at some point in their lives, therefore I don't think that this "spiritual" dream meaning has many bases. I will say though, I do feel that the dream is focused on "transformation." If teeth are dropping out, this shows you have a fear of aging or are scared of moving on in your life. In ancient Chinese mythology dreaming of teeth falling out represents deceit and lies being told. Biblically, the dream of teeth falling out can indicate that we wish for correction in life. The Greeks believe that teeth falling out or are missing while in a dream denotes that ill health is likely. In Scotland, dreaming of having no teeth and just gaps indicates that you have a poor diet. There are some wonderful superstitions around teeth falling out, that I just have to mention. Sleeping on a missing tooth can indicate luck will be yours, having your teeth pulled by another in a dream can indicate the release of emotions. Anyway, now I have quickly summarized the spiritual interpretation, let’s move on the psychological meaning.

What does the 1930s dream dictionaries say on teeth falling out?

I have researched many dream dictionaries for this interpretation. To make it easy, I have just listed some of the "spiritual" interpretations here in no particular order. To have a feeling of more than one tooth falling in your dream it indicates that you are likely to lose some type of material in the forthcoming future. This dream indicates that you are likely to find that valuable following its loss. To have your teeth knocked out shows a sudden sense of loss which is generally associated with your finances. Maybe you feel like you would like to return to carefree days. If you lose your teeth somewhere this means you feel scared, and people are looking at you. This shows that you fear what might happen in your old age, and you do not want to be helpless or undertake any dependency upon others. A dream which involves a woman swallowing a fallen tooth will be seen as being symbolic of her desire, or alternatively her fear of becoming pregnant. If you are a man and you dream of swallowing your fallen tooth or teeth, this is associated with the need to be more dominant in love relationships. This will ensure happiness will continue. Make sure you give romantic gestures to your love; this may involve flowers or arranging a romantic meal. This will enable the spark of romance to return to your relationship. If your teeth appeared rotten or decayed or not in good general shape and fall out, this dream indicates that you are going to experience intense strain in an affair connected to a project. To dream of spitting out rotten or fallen out teeth indicates sickness; a family member is likely to become ill for some time. Seeing teeth falling out into the palm of your hand indicates plans and desires will be oppressed based due to a condition of illness.

If you find that more than two teeth fall out beware! You could encounter a serious accident. Make sure that you always remember and check when you are reversing the car or that the road is clear before you walk across. If you decide to pull your teeth out it, this suggests you need time to relax and recuperate from a stressful situation. If you dream that you have lost your teeth, and you can not find them and that you can feel them in your mouth, this shows you are about to enter into an engagement which is not going to please you. You are going to find yourself in a difficult situation with associates or friends, and the best course of action is declined a social event. This can be an invite to a party or a work event. If you dream that your baby or child loses teeth then this suggests that you need to move on in your life. Your childhood years are behind you.

According to the French dream dictionary books, if you are experiencing a crisis in waking life, then the dream of losing teeth is quite common. The gaps that are featured in your mouth due to loss of teeth often indicate a sense of morals which have been lost due to a team or a group of people in a work situation. Things are likely to shift in the near future. If you can not speak in your dream, and you find that your voice is not the same, this indicates that you need to experience a lot more opportunities open to you in your life. Teeth are also associated with an aggressive nature in life.

To dream that your teeth are loose is normally associated with personal sickness. A wisdom tooth falling out indicates that it is time to grow up and face an event that is likely to cause many people to talk, especially if this is hurting you. The other important area of this dream is how you translate from an adult to a child. If you dream of wisdom or milk teeth falling out, you need to change your life as new possibilities are on the way. If a doctor pulls out your teeth an illness is likely. It is important to strive and re-evaluate your relationship with others. If you dream that you are toothless it shows that you are going to find difficulty in advancing your interests due to limited prospects in the future.

What do dreams about gaps in the mouth mean?

Losing your teeth can be quite spiritual experience in a dream. This is all focused on losing something in life. If you notice gaps in your mouth during the dream then this is connected to feeling at a loss in life. In researching this meaning, I came across many ancient texts about gaps in the mouth during our sleep. In life, we lose our teeth naturally through the generations. We mainly lose teeth for a whole array of reasons. In dreams when a tooth is lost and we have a gap in the mouth, this indicates that we are facing choices. Very much like a question in the waking world of whether we just replace something or we leave it as it is. Statistically, teeth are often lost because of some type of accident or trauma. Alternatively, some teeth are removed by people, through rituals or to improve the cosmetics of a person. There are also certain diseases which cause tooth loss. You may not know the major reason why you lost your teeth in the dream, the tooth which is lost indicates that you may face a crossroads. The general background of the dream is that you are looking for either replacing something or starting a fresh and a new phase of life. I believe that this dream is quite frequent in nature. This is based on the fact that people contact me in order to interpret the dream. To dream of gaps in someone else's mouth implies that everything is manageable and that you must replace something or make a choice to enhance your lifestyle.

What does it mean to dream of teeth falling out in relation to a dentist?

If you have a dream of teeth being removed by a dentist, it shows that you have some type of problem which is within your subconscious mind. If when the tooth is removed you feel a sense of relief, this is exactly the advice the dream is giving you. Make sure that you remove yourself from situations that are stressful. By doing this you will make sure that your life will become a lot easier as you move forward with success. Remove the problem to feel relief. If you dream of your teeth actually falling out, then this goes back to your childhood and that you have been living a carefree existence for some time now. If the dentist actually pulls on your teeth and you feel pain, it is an indication that you will encounter a minor illness that will not be fatal. It will be lingering for some time.

What does it mean when you dream of broken teeth?

Statistically, in real life, weak teeth may cause the enamel to break. If we think about a crown it is basically a protective restoration for a broken tooth. This is quite interesting spiritually. As a broken tooth implies the “crown” of success, according to dream lore. If the tooth is missing in a dream due to breakage or perhaps due to a large cavity then this can indicate that something in life needs to be held in place. Just like a filling causes the tooth to become stronger, you too will be stronger. If you dreamed of a root canal work, due to a broken tooth then this can suggest that you need to work on grounding. Teeth are weakened in general life by a number of different reasons. Our poor teeth may encounter cracks also nerve problems. A broken black tooth seen in a dream indicates the force of nature. If we look at our teeth in a primitive way, they are basically there to crush food but due to possible decay or large fillings, this could, in fact, break our teeth. It means that we can’t survive spiritually.

Brittle teeth in a dream indicate that you need to be protected against something difficult. If you dream of spitting out broken teeth then you need to create your own protective crown. To see that your teeth are poorly shaped or that you have gum disease illustrates that there is a valuable time that could be saved in life. To mend a broken tooth can imply a change in life. This change cannot be improperly designed or shaped. A broken tooth can be the result of a bad feeling that you have in life, and if this occurred in your dream it can spiritually be connected to the self. The teeth represent aspects of yourself and the deeper recesses of your mind. If you are eating food and you break your teeth in a dream and this is symbolic of the receiving and giving of love and attention to others. From my research, broken teeth also imply that you have an affection for your own body but you may not be meeting your “diet needs” as well as you should.

What does it mean if your teeth were yellow in your dream?

Yellow teeth in real life are connected to being somewhat “unclean” in the dream world. Yellow teeth in your dream is a common symbol representing your social life. It can imply that you will maintain a poor connection with people because you’re too shy to just pick up that phone and ask someone to grab a coffee. What I am trying to say here is that yellow teeth falling out means you need to “socialize” more. The smile is the first thing people see on your face and having yellow teeth, may be filled with plaque falling out can indicate you need more “social interaction.” On another hand, I also read those yellow teeth can imply that your self-confidence is low and you need to work on that this. Remember that you are a great person. And everyone else around sees that, except for you.

What does it say if your teeth hurt in your dream state?

To feel a toothache in your teeth is also a common symbol. It foretells a lack of self-confidence and blurred perception. To experience pain and hurt alongside your teeth falling out can indicate you’re losing strength and control. People have contacted me in regard to this dream, my first question to them is: are you worrying about things that will never happen? I worry about things all the time and sometimes find it difficult to move forward. If your teeth hurt in your dream, it also means that you’re not taking good care of your own time. In old dream lore, pain in the teeth indicates the need for a healthier lifestyle.

What does it signify if there was a broken tooth in the dream?

To dream of one broken tooth means will be surprised to learn does not have a negative interpretation. On the contrary, it denotes major life changes. Often, when people contact me after having this dream I can categorically reply that a single broken tooth of any kind relates to life changes. If maybe you felt pain on losing someone but soon you will overcome everything and feel free like you have never done before. I like to say that this dream represents a transitional phase in your life right now. Perhaps new career opportunities are coming. Be prepared to receive a job offer or major change. It could signify going abroad. Either way, you should seize the opportunities and change boring life habits.

What does it mean if you didn’t have teeth in your dream?

To be toothless in your dream denotes a loss of inner strength and personal power. Losing all your teeth in a dream can imply facing a challenging situation that will seem impossible to solve at first. But remember that you are brilliant and you will find a suitable solution - like you always do. People have often written to me after having a dream of all teeth falling out. I know it can be rather worrying. If it is difficult for you to let go of the people you love then this dream can imply focus is needed. You may need to change your plans and your future progress.

What does it mean if you were pulling out a tooth in the dream?

To pull out a tooth in your dream represents painful transitions in waking life. You will have to make some important decisions that will determine your future. And the only way to make the right choice is by listening to your heart. This is according to old dream lore. Remember that no matter how painful some things may seem right now, it will pass with time. Pain is always temporary. If someone else is pulling your teeth out in a dream it can indicate a stressful period of time. And once the heat passes, you will thank yourself for making the right decision. A lady called Michelle contacted me a few months back, about a dream of all her teeth falling out and being pulled out by a ghost. This was quite a worrying dream for her. In her life, she was facing aggressive behavior and a bad attitude from a work colleague. The good news was this dream was an omen that once the storm passes, everything will go back to normal. She emailed me a month after to say how things had improved due to the challenges and problems she faced. So, my question is: Are you ready for the life changes coming on your way? Are you ready to change?

What’s the dream meaning of a dentist visit?

Dreaming of teeth falling out can also result in a visit a dentist or hospital in your dream. To dream of seeing your dentist means you are worried about the honesty and intentions of someone in waking life, in old dream lore. There could be a certain person that drives you crazy sometimes, but you still socialize with them – simply because you care. In life, we all have experienced good and bad. I will say this, that a “negative” person in life could make you a better person.

What’s the dream interpretation of an operation due to teeth falling out?

To dream of having an operation replacing your lost tooth suggests you need to give yourself some time to heal. To undergo dental surgery or implants to replace your lost teeth can indicate forgiving someone. There are some questions I wish to ask you: Do you feel guilty or nervous about something you did in the past? Can you do anything to change what happened? If yes, then do it! Otherwise, just let it go and focus on your future.

What does it mean if you had rotten teeth in a dream that fell out?

To dream of rotten teeth that fell out has both a positive and negative interpretation. The negative is related to the imposters in your life, according to dream lore, you have to be wary of false people if your teeth were rotten in your dream. It’s like seeing a rotten egg! A person that is not honorable. It could be because you are surrounded by people who mean you no good. Sometimes, we encounter people who envy our life and the challenge is knowing who they are. I will recommend following your own intuition which can identify “fake people” in your social circle. Stay away from people that try to harm you. I say “try” because it is always hard. In my view, it is always better to be alone than surrounded by fake friends, malicious relatives, and abusive people.

What does it signify if your teeth were chipped in the dream then fell out?

Maybe you were crunching on something you chipped a tooth and it fell out in your dream? Many people have contacted me about this dream. Chipped teeth in dreams are connected spiritually to the quest for knowledge. Alternatively, if you realize that your teeth were broken in a dream then this dream is all about strength. If you are biting on something such as an Apple and your teeth are imprinted into the object that it can mean that hard work is needed going forward. The dream itself is also indicative of how badly you want to understand a certain topic in life. What I am saying is that this will give you a clue to the severity of the dream meaning. In dream lore, a chipped tooth can mean a message of answers. Losing a chipped tooth in a dream due to oral surgery I believe means that you are in the pursuit of knowledge. To see other people with chipped teeth in your dream signifies difficult relationships and toxic people in waking life (according to dream lore.) Also, this dream indicates the need to take better care of your health before you “overdo” it in life. In ancient dream books, chipped teeth can mean the need for a healthier lifestyle. We all know we should do more and be healthier. I hope this helps you and if there is something I am missing leave me a Facebook message below.

What does it mean if your teeth were crooked in a dream that fall out?

This is a dream which is quite interesting. We all have the potential to be what we want in our life. As long as we keep our dreams alive then we can achieve anything. It’s no secret that having a great smile means that we have social advantages. Research has shown by the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry that a whopping 99.7% of Americans feel a smile is important. So, what happens when we dream of crooked teeth? This is a special area of dentistry which brings with it “warning” in dream lore. Crooked teeth can indicate a change. A rather unexpected change for the better, especially if the crooked teeth were “falling out” on the floor in your dream. If your teeth were crooked in your dream, it denotes personal success. I will say that some older dream books imply that this dream indicates you are worrying about how other people see you and that you need to focus on improving your expectations.

What does it mean if your teeth were crumbling in your dream?

Carl Jung believed that crumbling teeth is connected to new opportunities in life and that you need to focus on you now, also our own hidden anxieties which I will discuss in this section. Teeth can crumble due to a variety of reasons. Normally though, this is due to the fact that there is decay or rot in a filling. This can obviously create gaps in teeth that can affect the rest of the teeth (in real life). What I’m concerned with here is the dream of crumbling teeth. Many people have reported teeth just crumbling in their mouths. Yes, this dream can be rather worrying I can imagine. If your teeth were crumbling in the dream, it implies to your destructive lifestyle. In older dream lore, crumbling teeth is associated with being concerned about the future and is a warning that you are over-anxious. This leads me to ask if you are feeling a loss of control in life.

In some ways, we should live life how we wish. However, you have the power to change your life and no one else. I am going to look at the key meanings o crumbling teeth and the emotions that you feel after seeing your teeth “crumbling.” Firstly, let’s think about feeling anxious. Anxiety is often associated with trepidation in life. Perpetually, the dream of crumbling teeth can indicate that you are feeling anxious. Fear is also connected to the dream. Fear itself can often be a threat to your personal well-being. The word anxious is basically a hybrid. It is associated with “anx” and “ious” what I am trying to say is that you may have problems relaxing or unable to focus. To see all your teeth crumbling in a dream can imply it is a matter of time before you feel that anxiety haunts you at every turn. Don’t worry this phase won’t last long. I say this because having the dream of crumbling teeth falling out can just mean a focus on the future and a sign from spirit to stop feeling anxious.

What does it mean if you had false teeth in a dream?

Sometimes in dreams, we see false teeth such as crowns and bridges. The most common facts about false teeth indicate that something is “false” in life. The first president George Washington wore a set of false teeth which were originally made of wood and later ivory. In my purist of knowledge for this article, I came across many different spiritual meanings of false teeth falling out in a dream. To see false teeth in your dream state indicates a warning. Are you lying to yourself? Do you lie to others often? If yes, your attitude might cause you problems in the future. It’s always better, to be honest, with people … well…that is my motto. Also, your dream reveals that you could be obsessed with the success of a project.

What does it say if you were spitting out teeth in a dream?

This is an old chestnut. The dream of spitting out teeth means there’s someone or something that you need to let go of waking life, spiritually speaking. In old dream lore, spitting out teeth can imply losing hold of a relationship, finances, or simply the control of the self. I urge you to think about what you feel is “out of control in life” Try to remove everything and everyone that makes you feel bad about yourself. Are you finding it hard to lead a normal life? Maybe you’re not perfect but who is? To spit out teeth and they land on the floor in a dream also represents positive results from something you’ve worked hard on.

What’s the dream interpretation of wearing a brace and your teeth fall out?

As I have already stated a number of times in my dream interpretations. Teeth are a symbol of power. Therefore, if you wear a brace in your dream, it means that you will gain more power in waking life. Or to see a brace holding your teeth in indicates someone will help you gain more power and control over your life. To dream of removing a brace and the teeth fall out indicates success. If you influence people and they see you as their leader. To dream of your teeth falling out while wearing a brace indicates a strong attitude and determination. I believe the brace is a positive symbol indicating inspiration. I will say that in life we sometimes listen to negative people. My message from this dream is to not let anyone bring your spirit down. To dream of seeing another person whose teeth falls out wearing a brace indicates that you may feel powerless but not for that long.

What does it mean to dream of hiding your fallen tooth under your pillow?

I just love the stories that we hear as children. As children, I am sure you were taught that if our tooth falls out, you should leave this under the pillow at night for the tooth fairy. And, the wonderful tooth fairy will come and replace the fallen tooth with a coin. So, what does this mean in spiritual terms? To have a dream of falling out teeth as a child, or to place a milk tooth under the pillow signifies financial gain or losing something else but gaining money in return. As adults to have such a dream means that we may hold onto your childhood habits.


The dream about losing teeth can feature teeth falling out, lost your teeth or teeth being spat out. As I have said before - this is a common dream to have. I have touched upon the official psychotherapist's interpretation of the dream of teeth. The interpretation below provides us with a breakdown of teeth dream interpretations from over 50 dream dictionaries written from the 1800s. Looking now at ancient dream dictionaries, one's teeth falling out it is quite easy to interpret. If you have full healthy teeth, this is a symbol that you can happily eat what you like without this reflecting negatively upon your life. If you lose any teeth in your dream, then this represents fear. This dream is a message to make sure you are one hundred percent healthy, as it can signify some type of illness, Go to the doctor and get yourself checked out if you feel unwell.

Feelings that you may have encountered during a dream of falling teeth:

Worried. Scared. Angry. Insecure. Confused. Alone. Abandoned. Controlled. Enlightened. Rage. Self-conscious. Thinking that others are looking at you. Choked. Not able to speak. Fearful. A sense of being different from other people. Feeling a strange pain in your mouth. Embarrassment. Shame. Frustrated at not being able to speak. Lack of communication leads to arguments or lack of understanding.

Your dream:

  • Encountered the sensation that your teeth are dissolving or disappearing, or just falling out.
  • The sensation that your teeth are starting to fall out on the floor and you try to pick them up.
  • The teeth are falling out into your hand.
  • You swallowed a fallen tooth or teeth in your dream.
  • The teeth in your mouth just keep falling out over and over again.
  • You find yourself replacing the teeth which are lost.
  • Teeth are automatically replaced in your mouth and you can not understand why.
  • Your teeth are crumbling in your mouth.
  • You have eaten something hard such as an apple, and your teeth were left on the item.
  • Your teeth are knocked out in your dream due to anger or violence.


  • You are able to fully communicate with other people that are featured in your dream.
  • You have a perfect smile, and the actual loss of teeth does not affect you in any way, shape or form.
  • Overall the dream turns out well, and it enables you to learn an important lesson.
  • You work out how to avoid looking odd with no teeth.
  • The dentist is featured in your dream and manages to fix your teeth with no problems.
  • The overall dream ends on a positive footing.
  • Your teeth begin to heal, and everything works out for the best.
  • The action of the dentist or the removal of your teeth is a positive sign as it takes away the pain.


  • A lack of respect in a work situation.
  • Generally, you are finding it extremely difficult to communicate with others in authority. This is specifically related to work or school. By choosing better words and better ways to communicate, this dream indicates that you are likely to improve your communication skills and progression in a work situation.
  • If you swallow your teeth or you find there is a tooth that has fallen out, and you subsequently choke on this tooth, this dream indicates you are feeling that you are giving up for someone else's benefit. Have you been feeling inadequate around others lately?
  • You have been feeling rundown stressed out lately.
  • People have commented on how you go about activities in your life.
  • You have got an overwhelming sense of struggling in order to keep up with buying material possessions in your life.
  • You have found that a sense of material burden has crushed your pride and demolished your self-confidence.

By Flo Saul
May 20, 2013