ROOTS SUMMIT 2022—Interview with speaker Dr Daniel Černý

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ROOTS SUMMIT means “practical lectures, enough time for the topics, no need to skip anything”

Dr Daniel Černý will speak at this year’s ROOTS SUMMIT, which is being held in Prague in the Czech Republic from 26 to 29 May. (Image: Yitz Fisch/Shutterstock, Daniel Černý)

The next edition of ROOTS SUMMIT is just around the corner. Among the many renowned and enthusiastic speakers will be Dr Daniel Černý, who has been the president of the Czech Endodontic Society since 2015. Ahead of the event, Dental Tribune International spoke with Dr Černý about what visitors can expect from the city of Prague and from his lecture topic and asked him how he applies the things he has learned at ROOTS SUMMIT in his daily practice.

Dr Černý, this year’s ROOTS SUMMIT will take place in your home country. Can you tell us a bit about the event venue and also about Prague itself? What are three city highlights which international participants should not miss?
I am excited about ROOTS SUMMIT coming to Prague. There are those highlights you can find in every guide, such as Charles Bridge, the astronomical clock in Old Town Square or Prague Castle, and they are certainly worth a visit. But if you want to delve a little deeper, I recommend visiting Prague Botanical Gardens on an early morning in May. From there, you can climb up to the historic Vyšehrad Fortress to sense a bit of early Prague history and enjoy the great views. Afterwards you can casually stroll through the winding streets of the Praha 1 district with its small shops, restaurants and cultural institutions.

The congress venue is quite new and technologically advanced, and I believe the ROOTS community will enjoy it as much as I did last year when the annual meeting of the Czech Endodontic Society was held there.

Together with Dr Radek Mounajjed, you will hold a lecture on the advanced adhesive endodontic/restorative concept. What can attendees expect to take away from it?
The concept is something we have been developing and practising for the last 16 years. Its main message is that you can restore endodontically treated teeth with a high degree of predictability. It may not be simple or foolproof but following the correct steps will take you safely to the desired result while maintaining teeth with large structural damage. In this concept, we combine knowledge from modern biology of endodontics, adhesion to hard tissue, material science, biomechanics and occlusion. We want to present the key ideas that define this approach: reasonable structural savings, replacing the structure with similar material, adhesion and the fail-safe principle.

What are some of the highlights of this year’s ROOTS SUMMIT that you are personally looking forward to?
I can imagine that the social events in Prague might be quite epic. The scientific programme of the congress is classic ROOTS SUMMIT: practical lectures, enough time for the topics, no need to skip anything. I am interested in Dr Catherine Ricci’s lecture on large lesions and Dr Hugo Sousa Dias’s lecture on the management of pulp canal obliteration. I also want to learn more on bioceramics from Dr Meetu Ralli Kohli and, of course, it is always nice to hear new thoughts from Dr Stephen Buchanan.

How do you translate the things that you pick up at ROOTS Summit into your daily practice?
Relatively easily. It is not that difficult since we all share similar ideas, and my knowledge gain is often in the clinical applications and from the tips on how to integrate new ideas into the current knowledge. If I don’t apply what I have learned directly, then at least I have understood it and can subconsciously integrate it into my approach. And for this reason, I think meetings like ROOTS SUMMIT are better than hasty depersonalised scientific meetings or just reading. We are social beings; we like to see and hear one another.

This will be your second time at ROOTS SUMMIT. What would you like to tell all the endodontists around the world who have not booked their ticket yet? Why should they attend this year’s edition?
I would give them three different reasons for booking their ticket. Firstly, because of the ROOTS SUMMIT programme and clinical approach as I described earlier. Secondly, because of the city of Prague in spring—beautiful, blossoming, welcoming and friendly. And finally, because of the opportunity to meet old friends after having been locked up for two years!

With four years since the last event in Berlin, this has been the longest break in ROOTS SUMMIT history. I think we should all make the most of it right now. Carpe diem!

Editorial note:

The lecture by Drs Černý and Mounajjed, titled “Root to crown: Advanced adhesive endodontic/restorative concept”, will be held on 28 May from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

More information on the programme and registration can be found on the ROOTS SUMMIT website.

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