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3M Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive (2-Year Retrospective Report)


3M™ Scotchbond™ Universal Plus Adhesive is a light-cured, single-component dental adhesive:

  • Next generation of 3M™ Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive
  • The first radiopaque, universal adhesive available on the market
  • Compatible with light-, dual-, and self-cured composite materials, cements, and core-build-up materials
  • Can be used with self-etch, selective-etch, and total-etch techniques

Clinical Evaluation Protocol

3M™ Scotchbond Universal Adhesive Plus was used to bond a total of 2,425 composites, crowns and veneers over two years. Of these restorations, 2,005 were one – to two-years old and available for recall. Areas for consideration and evaluation were retention, lack of post-op sensitivity, and lack of marginal discoloration.


Clinical Summary & Observations

  • Retention: No restorations placed using 3M™ Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive debonded during the two years of service. There were three anterior restorations that had to be replaced because of chipping due to bruxism.
  • Lack of Postoperative Sensitivity: No patients reported any long-term sensitivity in the teeth where 3M™ Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive was used.
  • Lack of Marginal Discoloration: One-hundred percent of restorations evaluated at recall show no signs of marginal staining.

Evaluators’ Comments

  • 3M™ Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive allows us to stock one product to bond anything in the office.”
  • “The combination of the dispenser and the viscosity of the product give me assurance that I am fully coating the restoration. The material is not runny.”
  • “I’ve had zero issues with debonds or sensitivity with this adhesive — it’s the best!”
  • “You can use it with many more bonding procedures without the need for a separate activator.”


  • A total of 2,425 restorations were placed over the past two years, using 3M™ Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive as the bonding system. 2,005 restorations were one – to two-years old and available for recall. All restorations received excellent ratings for resistance to marginal discoloration, lack of postoperative sensitivity and retention. None of the restorations debonded over the two-year period. 3M™ Scotchbond Universal Plus Adhesive received a 100% clinical performance rating at two years.