Interpreting Nightmares About Teeth Part 3: My Teeth Are Crumbling/My Teeth Are Being Pulled out


In part 2 of this series we covered what dreams about breaking teeth could possibly mean. Today in part 3 I want to discuss how to interpret dreams of your teeth crumbling and your teeth being pulled out.

A dream featuring teeth crumbling generally represents feelings of powerlessness. This teeth dream imagery reflects insecurity you are currently experiencing in some area of your life. The concerns could be about personal health, body image, relationship or job related. When you see you teeth crumble in your dream, you are reminded of the cost of a decision you’ve made or a dilemma that can be costly or risky. Crumbling teeth dreams can be a call to look at what is falling apart in your life and need some attention.

Dream meanings of crumbling teeth

  • A costly compromise or decision
  • Things are falling apart
  • Feeling powerless, losing your power
  • Fear of the effect of aging on health and body

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 they “crumble”. Dreaming of crumbling teeth could indicate 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 or 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.

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 things are falling apart in your life?

Dreams about Teeth Being Pulled Out

A dream featuring your teeth being pulled out indicates you are facing radical changes in your life. The symbolism of pulling out teeth may point how challenging the situation is in your waking life and the difficulty to let go of something important to you.

What does it mean when you dream about pulling out teeth?

A dream featuring teeth being pulled out corresponds to:

  • Moment of transition particularly difficult
  • Renewal, giving birth to something new

Pulling out teeth in dreams: Representation of painful transitions

Dreams of having teeth pulled out may come during times of significant transition. The dream imagery symbolizes how painful or difficult the experience is for you as you go through changes.

The changes in your life may be experienced as an aggression or be emotionally painful. Perhaps it’s like extracting yourself from your comfort zone, which often comes with facing loss, challenges and disturbing emotions.

Pulled out teeth as symbols of renewal &self discovery

According to psychologist and dream analyst Carl Jung, if you dream about having a tooth or teeth pulled out and you are a woman, the dream symbolizes giving birth, either literally or symbolically such as giving birth to a new self or a project.

Your dream about pulling out teeth indicates you are becoming more aware of your emotions. As such, it a sign you are growing into self discovery, even if may at times feel painful.


So there you have it, four of the most common teeth nightmares and what they can mean. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this series as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it. Remember keep your nightmares from becoming a reality call LifeSmiles today to schedule your comprehensive smile evaluation. Your mouth and smile should be like a heavenly dream, not a hellish nightmare! (713) 592-9300

Dr Mitchmore is active in the community. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Montrose Management District. His passion is Dentistry. He has also been a City Councilman and Chairman of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Charitable Foundation, Give Back A Smile. The foundation helps survivors of intimate partner abuse regain their smile. You can find out more about him at www.

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