Wisdom teeth are often thought of as useless parts of the human anatomy, even a burden to us. They grow in, sometimes painfully so – only to be pulled out, always painfully. It turns out that these parts of us are not completely useless after all. At one time they served a real purpose and now we can still look to them for the spiritual meaning of wisdom teeth.
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What Are Wisdom Teeth And Why Do We Have Them?
Labeled a “vestigial organ” by evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, wisdom teeth act in a mysterious way. A vestigial organ is a body part that at one time served a purpose but has lost its function through time and evolution. They are our four teeth in the back of our mouths that don’t come in until adulthood, only to be pulled out and discarded.
So what gives?
Our wisdom teeth don’t arrive on the scene until we’re about 17 to 25 years of age. The reason for their late arrival is evolutionary. They once acted as back-up teeth for our ancestors. Thousands of years ago, people ate rough and sometimes uncooked meat without utensils or the proper oral hygiene to balance it out. This caused our ancestor’s teeth to fall out around the same age that our wisdom teeth grow in.
But since our teeth don’t regularly fall out these days, it can be quite painful once your wisdom teeth pop up and begin to press against your intact molars. If you’re lucky, they will grow in without a problem. But for the rest of us, it calls for a trip to the dentist’s chair to have them yanked out.
Spiritual Problems Explained
Behind every physical problem there lies on a spiritual one. This isn’t to say that you don’t handle them on a physical level too. If you’re having oral problems it’s highly recommended that you visit the dentist. But it’s still necessary to deal with it on a spiritual level to fully heal.
Tooth problems revolve around fear. It could mean that you are afraid of change or of letting go. It usually has to do with control. A lot of times we’re scared that we’re going to make the wrong decision, so we freeze, unable to make any decision at all. Teeth problems come as a nudge from the universe asking you to look at your hesitancy and its causes.
Spiritual Meaning Of Wisdom Teeth Dream
Dreams about teeth are some of the most common dreams there are, teeth falling out and other strange happenings in the mouth. But what about dreams that are specifically about the wisdom teeth? These can be a bit harder to interpret, so we’ll do our best to break it down for you below.
Generally speaking, dreaming about them represent your past, powerlessness, and lack of control.
Below are some common dreams concerning wisdom teeth.
Your wisdom teeth or tooth falls out
Dreams about teeth falling out are very common and can be confusing. Usually, our first instinct upon awakening is to check our mouth to see if our pearly whites are still intact. When we found out that they are, we’re still a bit perplexed and left with disturbing feelings.
Below are several meanings of dreams where wisdom teeth fall out.
Powerlessness – Teeth falling out in dreams are probably most well-associated with feelings of powerlessness in your life. You feel out of control. This dream could relate to your career, finances, family, social, or romantic life.
Vanity – If you have a dream where your wisdom tooth (or multiple teeth) falls out, this is your unconscious mind letting you know about your unchecked vanity. More specifically, it’s about your insecurities around your physical appearance and anxiety about how others perceive you.
Embarrassment – A dream about your wisdom teeth falling out could indicate that you are embarrassed about something. Teeth falling out can leave you feeling vulnerable, which is OK and nothing to be ashamed about.
Communication – We don’t only communicate verbally. But our mouths are the main tool used for it. It makes sense that a dream with mouth or teeth problems would symbolize an issue with communication.
You may have difficulty speaking up for yourself and saying how you feel or perhaps communication with others is bringing you trouble.
Loss of youth – This dream can also point to a loss of youthful energy, motivation, and outlook. It can mean that you aren’t happy with what you’ve become as an adult – your achievements, career, marriage, and so forth.
Health – A dream about wisdom teeth falling out could be related to your health. Not only oral health, but it can also be anything from your physical or spiritual health to the diet you consume or a lack of exercise.
Wisdom teeth being pulled – Dreaming of having your wisdom teeth pulled can represent your dissatisfaction through acquiring the things that society has told you that you need to be happy, well-adjusted, and successful adult.
This dream represents transcendence from the norm in some shape or form. It means that the things you’ve been chasing after – be it money, success, romance, status, etc. – aren’t fulfilling you anymore and your hunger is for something else is much greater.
This could mean that you’ve become more interested in spiritual matters and even earthy yet altruistic ones, like helping others or putting your family life as a top priority.
Other Wisdom Teeth Dream Meanings
Your wisdom teeth are coming in – This dream represents a coming to age, similar to the mile-mark importance of having your wisdom teeth arrive in your waking life. This dream symbolizes maturing, overcoming, and new beginnings.
Your wisdom teeth haven’t come in yet – This dream indicates that you feel left behind or left out in some way, that your peers are ahead of you in an area of concern.
Wisdom Teeth Aren’t So Useless After All
If these teeth are good for anything, it’s to serve as symbols in our dream world. By knowing the spiritual meaning of wisdom teeth we’re able to uncover so much more about ourselves.