PRAGUE, Czech Republic: Over 400 people from 42 countries travelled to Prague to attend ROOTS SUMMIT 2022, which was held at the innovative Cubex Centre Prague from 26 to 29 May and organised in collaboration with Dental Tribune International. After a four-year break, the organisers, speakers and participants alike were delighted to see each other again.
“A real community has developed over the years with members from so many different countries. A four-year gap between events did not dilute the enthusiasm in any way. The joy of everyone being together with their friends from around the globe was evident at every break during the meeting. Our sponsors were happy to be able to spend time with the attendees and the attendees with them,” said ROOTS SUMMIT Co-Chairman Stephen Jones.
Participants benefitted from nine practical workshops and quality instruction from 11 speakers on topics such as minimally invasive endodontics, bioceramics in endodontics and endodontic algorithms in decision-making and the clinical workflow. The educational offering was complemented by an abundance of networking opportunities that led to new friendships, as is typical of ROOTS SUMMIT meetings.
When asked why he had decided to come to this year’s ROOTS SUMMIT, an attendee replied: “I like the interdisciplinary approach of this conference. I am a prosthodontist, and I like the intersections between prosthodontics and endodontics, which you get to learn about at ROOTS SUMMIT. The high-quality lectures are clinically based; it’s not just theories, and that’s what I appreciate most.”
Attendees are enthusiastic about the scientific programme at ROOTS SUMMIT 2022. (All photographs: DTI)
A ROOTS SUMMIT attendee enjoying the hands-on learning.
Dr Zaher Altaqi discussing a minimally invasive approach to removal of fractured files.
Dental endodontic teeth with roots for endodontic practice.
Dr Jenner Argueta holding a course on the management of complex clinical situations with the help of 3D magnification.
Dr Marian Fanica during his hands-on course on post-endodontic treatment of teeth with large areas of destruction.
ROOTS SUMMIT started on Thursday with nine hands-on courses.
From left: ROOTS SUMMIT Co-Chairman Dr Freddy Belliard, Dr Zaher Altaqi and industry representative Hazel Hendy at ROOTS SUMMIT 2022.
Hands-on courses captured the attention of attendees and brought new procedural possibilities to the forefront.
Getting started with practice at a hands-on course.
ROOTS SUMMIT 2022 Scientific Chairman Dr David E. Jaramillo opening the event.
The conference venue in action.
Dr Meetu Ralli Kohli presenting on bioceramics in endodontics.
The audience listening very intently to Dr Meetu Ralli Kohli’s presentation.
Dr Francesc Abella in his presentation on digital planning in intentional replantation and auto-transplantation.
Dr Jaime J. Silberman discussing endodontic microsurgery.
The lovely ROOTS SUMMIT team welcoming participants.
ROOTS SUMMIT 2022 attendees in the exhibition hall.
Demonstration of R-Motion files at the FKG Dentaire booth.
Attendees of ROOTS SUMMIT 2022 were able to test the Axis dental microscope with high magnification (Global Surgical Corp.).
Attendees listen to a poster presentation. The posters are displayed on various screens across the venue.
Friends were easy to come by at U Fleků brewery, with lively entertainment and great food to add to the mood.
While at ROOTS SUMMIT, presenters, exhibitors and attendees were able to conduct some valuable networking and forge new friendships on Friday evening.
ROOTS SUMMIT attendees were serenaded with traditional accordion playing.
Once they realised how much fun was to be had, many attendees registered for the evening programme at U Fleků and were rewarded with great conversation, food and music.
Attendees were eager to celebrate with renowned presenter Gianluca Gambarini in a more personal setting at the historic U Fleků brewery.
Dr Radek Mounajjed, joint presentation titled “Root to crown: advanced adhesive endodontic/restorative concept” was well received by attendees.
Among other valuable skills, Drs Radek Mounajjed and Daniel Černý (pictured) taught ROOTS SUMMIT attendees how to identify clinically relevant factors for reconstruction of nonvital teeth and teeth with challenged vitality.
Participants at the CERKAMED booth, the silver sponsor of ROOTS SUMMIT 2022.
Interested attendees can check out the FKG booth to learn more about R-Motion files.
Participants are happy to be at this year’s meeting and meet fellow dentists.
Representatives of META BIOMED are happy to answer any questions about their products.
EdgeEndo offers endodontic files, points, obturators and verifiers.
Dr Hugo Dias impressed ROOTS SUMMIT attendees with a presentation titled “Management of pulp canal obliteration: Guided approach and tips to achieve mechanical and biological goals of endodontic treatment” and shared a variety of new approaches to performing root canal access.
DHM Dental showcases dental mirror systems.
Attendees of the 2022 ROOTS SUMMIT were treated to an informative lecture from Dr Igor Tsesis titled “Evidence-based treatment choices in modern endodontic treatment”.
CJ-Optik Flexion dental microscope.
Demonstration of the OMS 3200 dental microscope at the Zumax booth.
It's all smiles at the EDMax booth.
FKG swiss endo cordless endo motor with apex locator.
The endostar booth attracted professionals from around the globe to learn more about their products.
ROOTS SUMMIT attendees were excited to visit the COXO booth at the Cubex Center Prague.
Among other products, Septodont showcases its mineral-based root canal sealer BioRoot RCS.
Prof. Gianluca Gambarini presented on 2D versus 3D endodontics.
From left: Dr David E. Jaramillo, scientific chairman, and co-chairmen Dr Freddy Belliard and Stephen Jones.
The lecture of Dr Stephen Buchanan was the final highlight of ROOTS SUMMIT 2022.
Friday evening was a highlight of the event, when the ROOTS SUMMIT community met for a lively dinner at the U Fleků brewery in the heart of Prague. Event organisers, speakers and attendees enjoyed reconnecting in-person and making up for lost time during the pandemic. Over traditional food and drinks, accompanied by live music, the group created lasting memories.
“It’s a fantastic event. It’s all about learning, and I always enjoy it,” said an industry representative. In response to being asked about her personal highlight at ROOTS SUMMIT 2022, she replied: “I think meeting colleagues from across the globe that you haven’t seen in so long. The learning is truly important, but seeing and meeting colleagues from all across the globe is so important too. We have been hibernating for two years, and now it’s time to shake a leg.”
Summarising the event, Jones said: “We wanted everyone to learn a lot and have a great time, and by all accounts that happened!”
ROOTS SUMMIT is going Greek
Rome, Lisbon, Cairo, somewhere in Asia—speakers and participants guessed at the location of ROOTS SUMMIT 2024. At the closing ceremony on Sunday, it was announced that the next meeting would be held in Athens. More details on the exact dates and venue are to follow soon.
In response to being asked which three main characteristics he associates with ROOTS SUMMIT, speaker Dr Jenner Argueta replied: “Learning, enjoying and excitement for the next one!”