BISCO’s All-Bond Universal® Compatible With Virtually Any Bonding Procedure
Byoung I. Suh, MS, PhD, began his career in dentistry five decades ago when he was asked to develop a dental composite similar to Adaptic, a bis-GMA (bisphenol A-glycidyl methacrylate)-based, self-cured dental composite by Johnson & Johnson. "Not knowing much about dental composites," he recalls, "I had to start from scratch, with the synthesis of bis-GMA resin, which was not commercially available. This was my entry into dental resin chemistry and thus my career as a chemist in dental materials."
Eventually, in 1981, Suh started his own company, BISCO, with the goal of developing new adhesive products. "I believed dentistry needed two adhesive products: one to bond to metal substrates, and one to bond to the tooth," he explains. "After synthesizing and testing many organic compounds, I found out that one monomer, biphenyl dimethacrylate (BPDM), could be used for both metal and dentin bonding." This eventually led to the development of the popular All-Bond dental adhesive line, with its first iteration introduced in 1990.
By 2009, Suh says, BISCO had two suc-cessful two-bottle adhesives (All-Bond 3®and All-Bond SE®), and he anticipated that a one-bottle product would be the next generation for adhesives. "We researched and tested monomer formulations for several years in order to develop an ad-hesive with the optimum amount of water to acidify the adhesive, but not so much that it would interfere with the long-term bonding and durability of the adhesive layer," Suh explains in describing BISCO's work with the organophosphate 10-MDP (10-methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate). Then in 2012, All-Bond Uni-ver-sal®was launched.
According to Suh, All-Bond Universal is compatible with any light-, self-, or dual-cure composite material, regardless of the manufacturer, due to the mild pH (3.2) and optimized water content. "All-Bond Universal can be used with any restorative composite, core build-up material, or resin cement without the need for an additional component or activator or special dual-cure resin cement," he attests. The universal adhesive, he adds, may be used in self-, total-, or selective-etch modes and for either direct or indirect restorations. Moreover, because it is not moisture sensitive, it can be used on wet, dry, or moist tooth structure.
Suh, who is the author of Principles ofAd--hesion Dentistry, both a theoretical and clinical guide for dentists published in 2013, emphasizes the scientific soundness of All-Bond Universal, a product that is supported by substantial research. "All-Bond Universal is the result of a culmination of 30 years of dental adhesive study, in which researchers learned about the limitations of other adhesives and how to overcome them," he says. Additionally, he touts the versatility of the universal light-cured adhesive, noting that clinicians are free to select any material to use with it since there is no need for a separate activator. He adds, "When applied properly, postoperative sensitivity is virtually eliminated."
Suh is also proud that BISCO has an extremely well-trained customer service department available to answer clinicians' technical questions about the company's products and troubleshoot any issues that may arise. Additionally, BISCO's website features an "Ask the Experts" section where customers can submit questions regarding techniques, usability, or indications for BISCO products.
"Any doctor who wants one adhesive in the practice for all bonding procedures should use a universal adhesive. It takes the guesswork out of the bonding procedure," Suh suggests. "I believe that universal adhesives are the best adhesives available to dentistry today: one bottle, one technique for all bonding procedures."