Dr. James Salazar

Meet Dr. Salazar

Dr. James Salazar was born and raised in San Diego and graduated from San Diego State University and the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. He has been practicing general and cosmetic dentistry in San Diego since 1999. He takes great pride in his comprehensive, honest and perfectionistic approach to dentistry, caring for patients of all ages.

Dr. Salazar earned Accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) in 2011, for his excellence in cosmetic dentistry on patient cases judged by his accredited peers, an honor achieved by less than a thousand dentists worldwide. Through the AACD Accreditation process and his private practice patient cases, he has proven his exceptional skills at smile makeovers, cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns, esthetic dental implant restorations and general dentistry.


In addition to being an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), he is also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), the California Dental Association (CDA), the San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS).


He is committed to continuing education in cosmetic, general and comprehensive restorative dentistry. He keeps up with the latest technology and techniques to bring his patients the safest care and most effective long term solutions. As part of his educational pursuits, Dr. Salazar completed several levels at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, where he studied occlusion and esthetics. He has also completed courses at the Annual Scientific Sessions with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) since 2006. He is a member of two San Diego Spear Study Clubs and has completed several hands on courses at the prestigious Spear Education Center in Scottsdale, AZ, a center for comprehensive advanced dental education.

Dr. Salazar is a designated Invisalign Premier Provider, having completed hundreds of Invisalign cases. He enjoys working with patients through Invisalign treatment, straightening their teeth and enhancing their smiles for a lifetime of good oral health.


Dr. Salazar lives in San Diego with his wife Dr. Marnie Schreider, and their two children. His son is an accomplished mountain bike racer and his daughter a competitive dancer, both of which keep him very busy. He is an avid cyclist, mountain biker, motocross rider and enjoys snowboarding and traveling to the mountains any chance that he gets.


"Dr. Salazar was highly recommended and the overall experience was beyond my expectations. I appreciated Dr. Salazar’s honest, direct approach and appropriate seriousness for my complex situation. His expertise was evident as he created a clear plan toward my necessary dental restoration. I felt valued and respected; with confidence in his advanced knowledge and experience. I’m addition, the office staff was very welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Salazar if you’re seeking high quality dental care. And many thanks to Carolyn at Keiffer’s Orthodontics for the great referral!"



"If you're looking for a thorough doctor with great bedside manner and state of the art technology, search no more. Dr Salazar and his team are amazing!!"



"This was the best dental experience I have had to date. I needed a procedure done quickly (cracked tooth) and they not only brought me in quickly for a consult before the holidays but completed the job that same day. I loved the whole staff and special shout out to Dr Salazar who is my hero. He was professional and created an atmosphere of calm in my nervous self. Before I knew it I was fixed up and ready to go looking better than when I walked in the office. And completely PAIN FREE! Thank you! 10/10 recommend!"



"Why do dental emergencies always happen on weekends or right before trips? Well, both happened to me when I lost a crown this weekend, and am leaving on the first flight out tomorrow. (It was done by another dentist.) Dr. Salazar squeezed me in at the last minute this morning. Crown was damaged, but they worked a fix that will get me through my trip. In and out in 20 minutes."



"Great team led by Doctors Dougherty and Salazar! Approach is conservative to preserve natural teeth and promote health and act based on proven medical data. Highly recommend, Ashley, as a dental hygienist."



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