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November 2015
Volume 11, Issue 4

Achieving Excellence Begins with Making Wise Choices

Key products for success in everyday practice

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, FICOI, AAACD

In the words of Aristotle, “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives—choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” With the ever growing market of dental products, selections are infinite, making our choices much more critical. It is with that principle that I select my go-to, everyday products in my practice. In an office with multiple providers, inventory can become overwhelming if an effective, universal system is not set in place. With that in mind, I will share with you my three go-to products for everyday practice.

My bonding agent of choice is ALL-BOND UNIVERSAL® from BISCO (Figure 1). ALL-BOND UNIVERSAL is a truly universal dental adhesive that combines etching, priming, and bonding in one bottle. ALL-BOND UNIVERSAL is an ethanol-/water-based dental adhesive that bonds to dentin to cut and un-cut enamel. This one bottle allows me to employ different techniques for different clinical situations, while keeping the same adhesive in my hands from case to case, all with excellent clinical results.

A second product that I have used ever since it was released is BISCO’s TheraCal LC® (Figure 2). TheraCal LC is a light-cured, resin-modified calcium silicate filled liner designed for use in direct and indirect pulp capping, and as a protective liner under composites, amalgams, cements, and other base materials. It can be used as an alternative to calcium hydroxide, glass ionomer, RMGI, IRM/ZOE, and other restorative materials. TheraCal LC performs very well as a barrier and protectant of the dental pulpal complex. 

Our office performs a lot of CAD/CAM restorations, both partial and full coverage, thus our choice of luting agent is critical for delivering success to our patients. BISCO’s new DUO-LINK UNIVERSAL™ (Figure 3) is perfect for reliable, high-strength cementation with easy cleanup. DUO-LINK UNIVERSAL is specially formulated for cementation of all indirect restorations. It is compatible with all dental materials; however, when coupled with ALL-BOND UNIVERSAL light-cured adhesive, Z-PRIME™ Plus, and Porcelain Primer, (Figure 4) it is the ultimate product combination for all indirect restorations. The DUO-LINK UNIVERSAL kit is a comprehensive, easy-to-use kit that will help simplify product selection and procedures in your office.

I recently read Talent Is Overrated, by Geoff Colvin, and I found one thing very valuable, especially since it’s all related to becoming more effective. Mr. Colvin’s primary message is that people are not born with all the natural talent and abilities that will make them great in life. In his opinion, everyone can achieve world-class performance through “deliberate practice” in his or her chosen field—business, music, sports, even dentistry.1 With a universal system that we repeat on a daily basis, we can enable the greatness inside of us, and pass that greatness onto our patients. Remember, we are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


1. Colvin G. Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. New York, NY: Portfolio/Penguin Group USA; 2010.

About the Author

Adamo E. Notarantonio, DDS, FICOI, AAACD, is a partner at Huntington Bay Dental in Huntington, New York. Dr. Notarantonio is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is also the Chairman of the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Notarantonio has completed The Dawson Academy Core Curriculum Series, and is currently training at the Kois Center under Dr. John Kois. He is also a Fellow in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, has published multiple articles, and lectures internationally.


Perfect Precision

TheraCal LC’s precise placement allows its use in all deep cavity preparations

Superior Strength

DUO-LINK UNIVERSAL is perfect for reliable, high strength cementation with easy cleanup

Uniquely Universal

ALL-BOND UNIVERSAL is the first truly universal dental adhesive that combines etching, priming, and bonding in one bottle

Comprehensive and Compatible

DUO-LINK UNIVERSAL kit is comprehensive, easy-to-use, and compatible with all dental materials


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