Dr. Kenneth Weddell had been a practicing dentist for more than 25 years before moving to Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Detroit Dental School and owned his own practice in western Michigan.
In September 2012, Dr. Weddell moved to Bloomington, Minnesota, to be close to his new grandson (and now his granddaughter, too!). He replaced Dr. Richard Render, who has retired. Dr. Weddell, who has now been in practice for three decades, is striving to continue the high-quality patient care with the help of Dr. Render’s kind staff.
Dr. Weddell is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, an organization that encourages continuing education for dentistry. In 2007, Dr. Weddell earned their highest award, the Mastership, accomplished by only 1 percent of general dentists.Dr. Weddell on the most rewarding part of dentistry Read Transcript
You get a chance to help people. Sometimes, you never know in the morning what it will be. Someone will have a toothache and be in pain and be very fearful of things. You can comfort them, settle things down, get them out of pain. They never had a positive experience like that. You take somebody who's been afraid of coming to the dentist for years—decades. All of a sudden, they are comfortable and happy. Then, you can, over time, get them to a condition of health, and you can see that happening.
There will be other times that someone will have an accident and you can fix the accident and give them back their smile. They are so grateful. It's amazing. I had a patient the other day I fixed a front tooth for them that had not been looking as nice as the rest of her smile. She was so happy. She gave me a big hug and thanked me profusely. She said, “That's bothered me for 15 years, and my only regret is that we didn't do it 14 years ago.”
You take someone who's self-conscious of what they consider to be a defect. We have the skills to fix it and make it look nice. The self-confidence those people carry forth from that is amazing. You can change people's lives. We all are here to do that, but I just get daily opportunities. It's great.
Dr. Weddell has taken many continuing dental education classes at the University of Minnesota as well. He was the second dentist to complete level III of their esthetic dental continuum in 2006. Throughout his career, he has been a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the Michigan Dental Association, and now the Minnesota Dental Association.
Dr. Weddell is thrilled to be here in Minnesota. This is where his family is, and he looks forward to being part of the Bloomington community and surrounding areas for many years to come.