Dr. Richard Weledniger truly cares for his patients. His strong and lasting relationships with his family of patients and his excellent clinical skills continue to make his practice one of the leading Advanced Cosmetic and General Dentistry practices on Long Island. His enthusiasm and passion for dentistry has touched both his patients and the students that he teaches.
Dr. Weledniger, a 1972 graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, continued his education with a General Practice Residency at the Westchester County Medical Center.
Dr. Weledniger teaches at both NYU College of Dentistry and at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine.
As a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU College of Dentistry in the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care, he works closely with 3rd and 4th year dental students helping them develop the excellent clinical skills necessary for their profession. As a faculty member of the NYUCD Dominican Republic Outreach Program he helps dental students provide access to dental health care on the island, as many of the children and adults on the island lack the resources to receive dental care due to accessibility and cost.
Additionally at SUNY Stony Brook, School of Dental Medicine and at University Hospital at Stony Brook, Dr. Weledniger actively participates with future smile makers in both the clinic setting and the classroom as an Assistant Clinical Professor of General Dentistry. He frequents as a guest lecturer in Dentistry for the Department of Physician Assistant Education at the Stony Brook University, Schools of Health Technology and Management. Dr. Weledniger is an attending dentist at the Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, NY. He is also an Attending Physician in the department of Dental Medicine, Division of Dental Forensics at both North Shore University Hospital and the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is also the author of the Dental Language Guide - Saying It Effectively, a practical guide for dentists to help them in developing communication and language skills. He is a member of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).
Dr. Weledniger is a Certified Clinical Researcher for the PEARL Network, and his office has been approved as a clinical research site. The PEARL Network is a collaboration of academic researchers and experienced clinicians who have teamed together in conjunction with NYU and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ongoing research involves investigations in prevention, management and treatment of a wide range of oral diseases and conditions.
Dr. Weledniger is a member of the American Dental Association, Dental Society of the State of New York, Long Island Academy of Odontology, a charter member of both the Suffolk County Dental Society and Dentist's for a Better Huntington, In November, 2006 he was awarded a Fellowship in the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics. He has attended and continues to attend numerous continuing education courses with emphasis on Implants, Veneers, Restorative Dentistry and Diode Lasers. In June, 2011, he was recognized by the New York State Dental Society as having competed 1000 hours in continuing education.
In December, 2012 Dr. Weledniger earned Diplomat Status in addition to his Fellowship status in The International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). In June, 2010, he was elected as a Fellow of the Long Island Academy of Odontology in recognition for humane service, philanthropic endeavors and his incomparable dedication to the cause that enhances the growth of professionalism in Dentistry.
Dr. Weledniger has the distinction of being an Invisalign Elite Preferred Provider. This means that he is one of a select group of practitioners who has achieved managed patient cases in a range of complexities. In fact, the Elite recognition has been given to only one percent of providers in North America. Since the Elite Preferred Provider designation is based on experience levels, they can be an additional factor for patients to consider when choosing a new dental professional.
Dr. Weledniger, is a Dental Consultant with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) - NYC, a member of the Nassau County Dental Identification Team and the Suffolk County Medical Examiner's Office,. He is a member of DMORT - of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) which is part of the US Department of Health & Human Services and a member of the NDIR Federal Bureau of Investigation (NCIC). He is a member of, the New York Society of Forensic Dentistry and a member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology. In February 2013, Dr. Weledniger was elected Fellow in the Forensic Odontology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
He is also a member of the NYC, Nassau and Suffolk County Medical Reserve Corps. With the NYC OCME, he was a Tour Commander with the NYC Dental ID Team following the September 11th tragedy at the World Trade Center and American Airlines Flight 587. Together with all of the volunteers who gave their time and expertise, he helped bring a measure of comfort to the victim's families. Dr. Weledniger was a recipient of the Humanitarian Award from the New York Academy of Dentistry for his contribution in this effort. On September 11, 2003 he received additional recognitions from the City of New York, Office of Chief Medical Examiner and from Congressman Vito Fossella for his extraordinary efforts.
He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, woodworking, golf, computing, website design, and photography. A large sampling of his photography can be seen throughout his dental practice.
- American Dental Association
- Suffolk County Dental Society
- New York State Dental Association
- International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics
- American Academy of Forensic Sciences
- American Dental Education Association
- New York Society of Forensic Dentistry
- American Society of Forensic Odontology
- International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Awards and Publications
- Diplomat and Fellow International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Fellow International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics
- New York Academy of Dentistry Humanitarian Award
- Gösta Gustafson Award - German Academy of Forensic Odontostomatology
- Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider
- Diplomat and Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists
- Fellow of the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics
- Fellow of The Long Island Academy of Odontology