I chose to become a dentist when I was 14, because of my great dentist. He was able to enjoy building relationships with people while working with his hands and providing services that improved patients’ quality of life.
Now, having practiced dentistry for over 30 years, I remain enthusiastic about profession. It is an honor to serve my community, getting to know individuals and helping each lead a healthier, more enjoyable life.
~ Dr. Trent Young
Education and Experience
After growing up near the Oregon border, in Payette, Idaho, Dr. Young attended the Creighton School of Dentistry, in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated with his Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 1989 and, after visiting several Oregon communities, decided to establish his practice in Salem.
Dr. Young opened West Salem Dentist, Exceptional Family & Implant Dentistry in July 1991. Over the years, he and his team have built a reputation for providing high-quality, personalized dental care for children through great-grandparents. They are especially proud of the long-term relationships they grow with those in their care, sharing in people’s lives while helping each attain and maintain their best oral health.
Professional Affiliations and Continuing Education
Dr. Young is an active member of the:
- American Dental Association
- Oregon Dental Association
- MP Society
Since graduating from dental school, Dr. Young has sought out a range of continuing education opportunities to stay abreast of the latest techniques, technologies, and research. By constantly studying and evaluating new developments, he is able to incorporate the best options – those that improve the patient experience and outcome – into his practice.
Continuing education has also allowed Dr. Young to broaden the services offered in-house, including dental implants and restorations. In attending meetings, lectures, and seminars, and staying current on the latest journals, he ensures each patient receives the high-quality dental care they deserve.
In the Community
Giving back to others, and helping the underserved, are important to Dr. Young. He volunteers with the local dental van, providing care for those without regular access to oral healthcare. He has also participated in dental service trips to Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Israel. Additionally, he is active in community service through his church.
Beyond the Practice
Dr. Young and his family have resided in West Salem since 1994; he and his wife, Kaye, are pleased to have raised their five children in this community. With four children now grown and having children of their own, and their youngest a senior at West Salem High School, much of Dr. Young’s free time is spent with his loved ones.
The family enjoys the outdoors and can be found hiking, biking, and jogging in the area. They equally enjoy gathering for lively board games.