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3M Scotchbond Universal Adhesive

Consultants’ Comments

  • “So many different uses in one bottle.”
  • “No post-operative sensitivity.”
  • “Now I can keep just one adhesive in the office for every procedure.”
  • “Simplifies bonding procedures.”
  • “No refrigeration required.”
  • “Applicator brushes are large.”
  • “Adhesive is heavily tinted – I would prefer a clear material.”


Scotchbond Universal Adhesive is a single-component, light-curing adhesive that can be used in self-etch or total-etch procedures. It also contains MDP and silane, which allows it to prime metal, silica-based ceramic and zirconia restorations. Addition of the optional dual-cure activator allows it to be used with dual- or self-cured composite materials and cements. Scotchbond Universal Adhesive is ethanol- and water-based and bonds to moist or dry tooth surfaces. Scotchbond Universal Adhesive is indicated for use in all direct and indirect bonding procedures, including composite fillings; core build-ups; cementation of crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The clinical procedure involves scrubbing the liquid into the tooth surface for 20 seconds, air-drying for five seconds, and light curing for 10 seconds. Scotchbond Universal Adhesive is available in 5 mL bottles and unit-doses. The intro kit evaluated contained one bottle of Scotchbond Universal, Adhesive a 3 mL syringe of etchant, brushes, mixing wells and instructions. Scotchbond Universal Adhesive was evaluated by 31 consultants in 1500 uses. This product received a 98% clinical rating.

Product Features

Scotchbond Universal Adhesive is an outstanding adhesive, offering more versatility than consultants have seen in other products. The ability to treat multiple substrates with one product simplifies procedures and reduces the inventory necessary in the office. Having one product for self-etch and total-etch applications was significant to many consultants. Being able to bond to moist or dry teeth reduces the technique sensitivity that exists with many adhesives. Scotchbond Universal Adhesive is viscous enough to coat the tooth without being runny and wets the tooth well. Dental assistants appreciated the one-handed operation of the flip cap and narrow dropper spout, but sealing of the cap to the bottle was not always secure. Fifty-eight percent of consultants reported that Scotchbond Universal Adhesive was better than their current adhesive, and 39% reported it was equivalent. Eighty-four percent would switch to Scotchbond Universal Adhesive, and 94% would recommend it.

Clinical Tips

  • The use of the dual-cure activator is not necessary if using with RelyX Ultimate Adhesive Resin Cement as the activator is integrated into this cement.