The Meaning of Teeth in a Dream
What Do Teeth Represent in a Dream?
Before interpreting your own or another’s dreams, it is important to remember the following:
- Although only the dreamer truly knows what their dream means, this article explores what teeth typically symbolize to people. Each individual is greatly influenced by the world around them, but dreams are a reflection of the dreamer’s inner world. Dreams reflect the dreamer’s mental, emotional, and physical state, and a dream's symbols and contexts reflect the dreamer’s beliefs and cultural influences. Although only dreamers know what their dreams mean, this article discusses shared perceptions of the symbolism of teeth in dreams.
- Dream interpretation is most effective when the dreamer takes an active role in exploring and discovering the personal meaning of their dream. It works best when the symbol is analyzed within the context of the dream, and the dreamer examines the emotions evoked during the dream and how it all connects to their current day-to-day life. It is important for the dreamer not only to recognize which interpretations resonate most but also which produce a strong response.
- Incorrect interpretations help the dreamer eliminate the possibilities of what their dream means and are still useful. If a dreamer is deeply offended or annoyed by an interpretation, this may hint at a possible issue the dreamer is attempting to deny or repress.
Common Meanings of Teeth in Dreams
Teeth in a dream typically symbolize verbalization or expression. They also symbolize the dreamer’s sense of social confidence. Losing teeth often represents the inability to understand or communicate a personal issue. Missing teeth can point to the dreamer’s lack of confidence in social or interpersonal situations or difficulty with public speaking or expressing intimate feelings.
Teeth are very important to all mammals. They are necessary for survival. Depending upon the context, teeth may also symbolize aggression. Pictured below is a dog showing its teeth.
Dreaming of Biting
Teeth have the ability to bite. Their presence in a dream may symbolize that something is biting at or eating the dreamer (i.e., bothering the dreamer). Dreaming of biting another person may symbolize aggression and rage towards that person. Being bitten by something may symbolize something that is “getting to you” or getting under your skin.
Dreaming of Losing Teeth
Losing teeth may symbolize the dreamer’s fears and anxieties associated with impotence or becoming less attractive with age. Contrarily, losing teeth may also symbolize a regression into childhood, when losing teeth was common.
Dreaming of Dentures
Dentures may symbolize a loss of integrity or abilities (as in old age, for example). Dentures convey insecurity and falseness; the dreamer may have expressed false statements or encountered a dishonest individual.
Dreaming of Cavities
Cavities, tooth pain, or other tooth-related ailments often symbolize a harsh exchange of words. This could symbolize either a tongue lashing the dreamer recently experienced or the dreamer’s regret of a verbal exchange with someone in their family, within the workplace, or with their lover. This may also relate to a "sweet tooth" and may symbolize an intense relationship that ended negatively for the dreamer.
Dreaming of a Root Canal
Having a root canal in a dream can be very powerful, but the dreamer's emotion is very important when interpreting this particular symbol. A root canal may represent the dreamer getting to the “root” of a long-term issue that has caused pain for the dreamer and has resulted in the dreamer not expressing themself, using sarcasm as a defense mechanism, using bitter words towards others defensively to emotionally harm others before they have the opportunity to harm them, or simply putting on a brave smile while hiding pain.
The emotion felt by the dreamer during this dream is telling. If this was a nightmare or anxiety-provoking dream, it could simply reflect the dreamer’s fear of dentistry or could extend to the dreamer’s fears of exploring a core issue that has permeated their life. Being relieved and positive about the root canal indicates the individual has made tremendous personal progress towards resolving a long-term issue and is moving on with more security, confidence, and new sincerity and genuineness in relationships.
Alternative Perspectives on Tooth Dreams
Losing teeth in a dream may mean the dreamer is starting a new phase of life. Losing teeth may also be an omen that the dreamer is losing life force and is beginning to be ineffective or impotent in their current role.
In many cultures, the loss of teeth corresponds to death. This may be because we depend on teeth to eat and survive. Many believe that dreaming of teeth may directly relate to dying or illness in the immediate future.
The Layers of Dream Interpretation
It is important to note that dreams can mean so many things to each individual and could even mean more than one thing within the same dream. In other words, instead of finding only one meaning for a dream, it makes more sense to remember that dreams represent many different things at once.
A dream is like an onion: Its meanings are layered. A symbol may represent something specific that occurred during the day but also have different meanings for our subconscious or spiritual selves and even other meanings when viewed through the lens of our past or childhood. Interpreting your dreams can be a powerful way to gain insight into a world you're too busy to explore during waking hours.
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2011 Sue B.