Dr. Michael Costa, MHA, DDS, is a Partner at Knoxville Smiles, along with Dr. Malone, and is proud to serve the people of Knoxville and East Tennessee. Dr. Costa is originally from New Jersey and has enjoyed moving progressively further south over the last 15 years. He attended the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he received his Bachelors in Public Health. Simultaneously he worked as a volunteer paramedic in southern Maryland. Dr. Costa continued his higher education at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, NC, where he received his Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) degree. After graduate school, he stayed in Chapel Hill to study dentistry at the UNC School of Dentistry. where he received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2014.
After dental school, Dr. Costa decided to further expand his dental skills by completing an Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) residency at Camp Lejeune, NC, where he also served as an active duty Naval Dental Officer and provided dental services to thousands of Marines and Sailors.
During and after military service, Dr. Costa worked as the lead dentist in a large group practice in Wilmington, NC. As the sole provider in a large satellite practice, he offered a wide scope of dental procedures to a diverse population with an emphasis on oral surgery and using dental implants to help replace teeth and secure loose fitting dentures.
Dr. Costa prides himself on making patients feel very comfortable and at ease during surgical procedures. You will be treated as a special individual, deserving of the best experience. With knowledge and skill, he will take appropriate measures to help relieve anxiety and ensure your treatment is pain free. Dr. Costa is also one of the first dental providers in Knoxville to offer Exparel, a non-opioid pain reliever which helps to keep you pain free for up to three days after your dental procedure. Now you don’t have to take excessive pills and can quickly get back to your normal routine after your dental visit.
Dr. Costa strongly believes in continuing education so that he can offer his patients the best, most innovative treatment available. In 2017 he completed the Augusta University Comprehensive Training in Implant Dentistry Course, and is working to achieve the Associate Fellow status of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He has attended multiple advanced educations courses and is an alumni member at the prestigious Pankey Institute, where Dr. Malone is a lead visiting faculty member.
Dr. Costa is an active member of multiple dental societies including the American Dental Association, International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, Tennessee Dental Association and 2nd District Dental Society.
Dr. Costa and Dr. Malone are partners. They routinely consult each for their patients and work together to deliver the highest quality care. They love new dental technology and have invested in digital impression machines, 3D printers, dental lasers, dental microscopes, intra-oral cameras, digital implant planning systems and other machines that makes dentistry safer, efficient and more patient focused.
Dr. Costa resides in West Knoxville with his wife, Breanna and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maggie and Arthur. When he’s not practicing dentistry, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, walking their two dogs, working out at Crossfit Courageous and researching the latest technology from Apple and Tesla. Dr. Costa is always accepting new patients and is happy to serve you with any of your dental needs.