Meet Dr. James E. Shelton

As a dentist, I thrive on offering my patients effective, comprehensive, and minimally invasive dental treatments in order to improve and maintain their oral health. At the same time, I develop personal relationships with each person I see.

Being a dentist means connecting with people: establishing open lines of communication from the first meeting, learning about their oral health needs and goals, discussing their concerns, educating them about treatment options, and forming a team to plan their goals. Along the way, we truly get to know each other. The exchanges I have with my patients have made me a better person as well as a better care provider.

Dentistry is rewarding. Not only do I get to use both my technical aptitude and artistic skills, but I get to relieve people of dental-related pain and improve their oral well-being, which in turn improves their whole-body health. I help patients feel better about their appearance, too, which improves their self-esteem and confidence.

Whether I am providing root canal therapy or a cosmetic procedure, I know I am making a positive difference, and that is emotionally fulfilling.

Education and Continuing Education

I graduated with my Doctorate of Dental Medicine with honors and awards for clinical excellence from Oregon Health & Science University.

Since that time, I have continued to expand my knowledge of dental care and changes in treatment processes, options, and technologies through continuing education courses.

In addition to extensive training in CEREC® single-visit crowns and cosmetic dentistry, I also attend lectures, seminars, and oral health conferences. It is essential that I live up to the trust my patients place in me, and provide them with the best possible care. I can only do that through continual learning.

Personal Life

I was born and raised here in Salem and am proud to be living here still. I’ve been married for more than 30 years and have two children and a dog. My family, especially my children, is my highest personal priority: I love supporting their growth and various interests. When I have the time, I like flying and other family-centered activities.

470 Glen Creek Rd NW
Salem, OR 97304