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Pulling out my own teeth

I have TMJ. I don’t grind my teeth; I clench them. In my dream I will have my jaw clenched, then I will feel them wobbling. I will reach inside to touch one of my teeth, but I will just pull it out. There’s no blood and I can’t feel anything. Then I get really freaked out and try other teeth, but they also come out. It’s only my molars and my K9’s. It’s never any of my front teeth. I’ve had this dream at least twice.
Normally I can dismiss odd dreams like this, but it’s always so real. What could it mean?

Posted 5 years ago
 
 
 
 

Interpretations (4)

Interpretation #1

Pulling teeth, teeth falling out etc is one of the most common dreams people have.  Just as a baby’s teeth fall out and they grow new ones as they mature, when we dream of a loss of teeth it means one must accept certain things or circumstances in life we may not want to.  So think on what situation is happening in your life that you are having a hard time with,  ……….and as an aside, not related to  symbolism…..you might try  a chamomile tea or another herbal tea to relax you before bed.

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Answered By: TravelLight27(140 points Dream Expert)
 
Interpretation #2

It is a strange dream and depicts that you are scared of doing things opposite to their normal being. You are scared that things will not turn the way you plan and it is your apprehensions and troubles that are making you take the different road. The fact that you did not feel anything conveys the message that you hardly realize your own fault. Even after the harm is done, you remain ignorant of the mistakes. It is not the right thing as you would fail to have any remorse for any wrong deed that you do. So, try to weigh your actions before implementing them.

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Answered By: Annie(1678 points Unconsciousness Hero)
 
Interpretation #3

I have TMJ as well. Dreams can be symbolic, or they can also be more literal. Dreams about teeth falling out or breaking, from a symbolic point of view, often indicate the dreamer feels that they are having trouble communicating their true feelings on an important matter, whether they are suppressing their feelings and not able to let them out or whether they try but are not able to effectively make themselves heard due to fear, insecurity, an unreceptive audience, or other factors.

In your case, it may also have a more literal meaning. TMJ can have long term affects on the health of your teeth and jaw, as you are likely aware. The constant grinding can do long term damage to your teeth and jaws and weaken and loosn the roots and the ligaments hat hold them in. You could indeed find them loosening over time if you do not seek treatment, unless you already have. Thus, in your case, this dream could be a combination of the symbolic and the literal or it could be just what it appears; a manifestation of a perfectly normal and legitimate fear of damaging your teeth through clenching or grinding them.

This is not to say that all of your teeth are going to fall out as in your dream, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as they say. There are other types of damage that can happen as a result of grinding and clenching from TMJ, such as wearing down the chewing surfaces, thinning the enamel, sensitizing the teeth as a result of thinner enamel or even dentin exposure, causing pain and sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweet foods, chipping or breaking of the tooth or teeth, and the need for expensive dental work over time. Clenching and grinding can also lead to severe headaches or migraines, as you likely already know.

If you have not already tried it, you may want to try a bite guard or something similar. I actually saw my teeth moving and crowding forward in my mouth despite years of orthodontics as a child when my grinding got bad, so I got Invisalign top and bottom. The invisalign retainers now serve as my bite guards and hold my teeth in place. You don’t have to do invisalign, but if it’s causing you this much anxiety, it’s probably time to see an experienced and compassionate TMJ specialist. If you don’t get the results you want or aren’t satisfied with the advice you get for whatever reason, remember, **doctors are NOT gods.** Just go get a second opinion. Find someone who comes highly recomended from other patients or other doctors that you know and trust. If you don’t have someone you like very much, you migt try a service like angie’s list. I have had good success with them.

Sometimes our dreams are deeply metaphorical, but sometimes they are a fairly literal representation of very real fears we live with every day. Thank you for sharing your background to give us clarity on which this was.

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Answered By: Lifeonerth(9 points Novice)
 
Interpretation #4

Sorry for being so late to the party, but I differ from the other posters and hope my contribution may help you or someone else with a similar issue. I have TMJ as well. Dreams can be symbolic, or they can also be more literal. Dreams about teeth falling out or breaking, from a symbolic point of view, often indicate the dreamer feels that they are having trouble communicating their true feelings on an important matter, whether they are suppressing their feelings and not able to let them out or whether they try but are not able to effectively make themselves heard due to fear, insecurity, an unreceptive audience, or other factors.

In your case, it may also have a more literal meaning. TMJ can have long term affects on the health of your teeth and jaw, as you are likely aware. The constant grinding can do long term damage to your teeth and jaws and weaken and loosn the roots and the ligaments hat hold them in. You could indeed find them loosening over time if you do not seek treatment, unless you already have. Thus, in your case, this dream could be a combination of the symbolic and the literal or it could be just what it appears; a manifestation of a perfectly normal and legitimate fear of damaging your teeth through clenching or grinding them.

This is not to say that all of your teeth are going to fall out as in your dream, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as they say. There are other types of damage that can happen as a result of grinding and clenching from TMJ, such as wearing down the chewing surfaces, thinning the enamel, sensitizing the teeth as a result of thinner enamel or even dentin exposure, causing pain and sensitivity to heat, cold, and sweet foods, chipping or breaking of the tooth or teeth, and the need for expensive dental work over time. Clenching and grinding can also lead to severe headaches or migraines, as you likely already know.

If you have not already tried it, you may want to try a bite guard or something similar. I actually saw my teeth moving and crowding forward in my mouth despite years of orthodontics as a child when my grinding got bad, so I got Invisalign top and bottom. The invisalign retainers now serve as my bite guards and hold my teeth in place. You don\’t have to do invisalign, but if it\’s causing you this much anxiety, it\’s probably time to see an experienced and compassionate TMJ specialist. If you don\’t get the results you want or aren\’t satisfied with the advice you get for whatever reason, remember, **doctors are NOT gods.** Just go get a second opinion. Find someone who comes highly recomended from other patients or other doctors that you know and trust. If you don\’t have someone you like very much, you migt try a service like angie\’s list. I have had good success with them.

Sometimes our dreams are deeply metaphorical, but sometimes they are a fairly literal representation of very real fears we live with every day. Thank you for sharing your background to give us clarity on which this was.

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Answered By: Lifeonerth(9 points Novice)
 
 

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