Tooth 22: The Lower Left Canine Whitening Guide

The total of canine teeth numbers is 4. Two canine teeth are in the upper jaw. One of them, which is tooth number 6, is in the upper right quadrant, and the second one is in the upper left quadrant, which is tooth number 11. The classification of the quadrants is discussed briefly on the website.

Now comes the third canine tooth, which is in the lower jaw and in the lower left quadrant. The name for all canine teeth is cuspid or eye teeth, or they can be called fangs due to their pointy shape. And the cuspid name is a reference to the cusp of canine teeth.

Tooth number 22 is in the mandibular, the third canine in number. The universal numbering system starts from the upper right third molar (numbered 1), which is the first wisdom tooth, and progresses along the upper arch to the upper left third molar (numbered 16), which is the second wisdom tooth, then continues to the lower left third molar (numbered 17), the third wisdom tooth, and ends at the lower right third molar (numbered 32), which is the last and the fourth wisdom tooth.

tooth 22 (3rd canine)

Tooth 22 is adjacent to the lateral incisor in the lower left quadrant. Both the upper maxillary and lower mandibular teeth consist of 2 canine teeth each to help maintain the stability of the mouth.

Is the Third Canine, the Tooth Number 22, Anterior or Posterior?

The anterior teeth include the canines and incisors, while the posterior teeth include the premolars and molars. In the case of tooth number 22, which is the mandibular canine tooth, it is an anterior tooth. It does not matter if the canine teeth are on the upper jaw or the lower jaw; they still remain the anterior teeth, as do the incisors.

22nd teeth anterior

Tooth number 22 and 23 both are anterior, as the first one is canine while the later one is incisors, and both belong to anterior catgory. If we try to see any similarity between tooth 22 and 27, we will find just on that both of them are anterior mandibular. The reason is that teeth 27 is also a canine tooth.

Tooth 22 in the FDI and Palmer Numbering Systems

The counting of the tooth number in the FDI numbering system starts from the central incisor in the upper right quadrant as tooth number 11 and goes to the third molar, the left upper quadrant starts from number 22; the lower quadrant from the left and right incisors starts from 31 and 41 and goes to the third molar.  Looking at the numbering system of the FDI, tooth number 22 is counted as tooth number 33.

For Palmer’s teeth numbering system, all the quadrants start from 1 as the central incisors and go to the third molar as teeth number 8. In that case, all the canine teeth, including tooth number 22, are counted Number 3 and identified by using the left, right, upper, and lower quadrants along with the number of teeth.

Tooth Number 22 Eruption Age

Tooth number 22, which is the mandibular left quadrant canine eruption age, is 9-10 years. But the eruption of tooth number 22 or any other tooth can vary from the approximate eruption age. It could be due to oral hygiene or any other reason. But if the eruption of the teeth gets too late, one should go for a dental check-up and consult the dentist. Check out every tooth eruption here.

Tooth 22Eruption Age
Permanent tooth 22 eruption age9-10 years
Tooth 22 eruption age

Some Facts About the Tooth Number 22

  • Firstly, talk about the location of tooth number 22. As mentioned earlier, it is on the mandibular left quadrant and resides between tooth number 21, which is the first premolar or bicuspid 1st, and tooth number 23, which is the lateral incisor. 
  • Secondly, tooth 22 has a prominent cusp, a flattened incisal edge, and a strong edge to bite and tear food. 
  • Thirdly, the length of the cusp is not the same for every individual, it can vary from a long point cusp to a short cusp with a little rounded cusp.
  • Fourth, the colour of tooth 22 or any other tooth can vary from very bright white to yellowish-white. It can be due to genetics, the environment, or oral hygiene. 
  • Fifth, canine teeth can stay healthy for a lifetime if properly cared for with oral hygiene, a good diet, and dental check-ups. The deep and strong root of tooth 22 makes it the most durable tooth in the mouth, along with the other canine teeth.

Some Myths or Symbolism

Tooth 22, the canine in your lower left jaw, is special in some cultures and beliefs. People think it represents strength, protection, and sometimes even spiritual meaning. Canine teeth are seen as powerful and important for keeping your mouth aesthetically beautiful.

The overall workings and role in your mouth are the same, and the strength is the same. The eruption age for both maxillary canines is the same, which is approximately 10-12 years, and for both mandibular canines, it is approximately 9-10 years for permanent teeth. They are the last to erupt and retain their strength and position for a lifetime. 

Guides for Tooth Number 22 Whitening

There are several methods for tooth whitening 22:

  • Professional Teeth Whitening involves discussing options with a dentist. They may offer in-office or personalized take-home whitening kits. Professional whitening procedures work better than OTC products.
  • Dental crowns may be indicated if tooth discolouration is severe or resistant to whitening. Custom-made restorations cover the tooth’s surface and make it white.
  • Dental bonding invloves tooth-colored resin, applied to the tooth’s surface. This can hide stains and discolouration on teeth.
  • Good Oral Hygiene like brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings can help avoid discolouration and maintain tooth health.
  • Minimize Staining Factors  which involves smoking and drinking coffee, tea, and red wine can discolour teeth. Rinse your mouth after eating staining foods.
teeth whitening

Tooth whitening gel is another way to whiten your tooth number 22. You must consult a professional dentist before going for any tooth whitening treatment to avoid any kind of dental problems.