SOURCE: Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery

Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery

March 30, 2015 14:26 ET

Lebanon Dentist Featured in Online U.S. Navy Publication

LEBANON, TN--(Marketwired - March 30, 2015) - Dr. Russell Kirk, who offers Nashville dental implants, was recently featured in the U.S. Navy's special "Stories From Service" series.   

Dr. Kirk, who operates the dental implant practice Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery in Lebanon, is a Captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve and received much of his dental training from opportunities provided by the military.

The "Stories From Service" articles highlight men and women who found careers based on scholarships, programs or training made possible by the Navy. In the article,, Dr. Kirk credits the Navy for helping him find his passion of oral and maxillofacial surgery.

"I'm honored to be featured in this prestigious series," Dr. Kirk said. "Because of the opportunities available through the military, I found a career that I love and a way to serve a broad range of patients."

Dr. Kirk was one of the first people in his immediate family to go to college. When he decided on a career in dentistry, he began looking for financial support.

Dr. Kirk received the Navy's Health Professions Scholarship, which awards tuition in exchange for active duty service. He completed his General Practice Residency from the Navy in 1995 and then became the Department Head for Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Four Zero. He completed deployments to Guam, Bosnia and Spain, and fulfilled his active duty obligation in 1997.

In 1998, Dr. Kirk earned his Fellowship in Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine from Johns Hopkins Hospital. He later received his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 2002 from the University of Tennessee Regional Medical Center in Memphis.

Dr. Kirk continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and in June 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.

Dr. Kirk said he's an example of how the military can assist people in finding the right career path. "I knew I wanted to be a dentist, but I had no idea a partnership with the Navy would give me so many opportunities in this field. Because of the Navy, I've been pushed out of my comfort zone many times. This has helped me grow as a person and a surgeon," Dr. Kirk said.

Dr. Kirk's practice, Tennessee Implant & Oral Surgery, offers wisdom tooth removal, dental implants, bone grafts, soft-tissue grafts, biopsies, IV sedation and general anesthesia. The practice specializes in dental implants, including immediate-load implants like All on 4 dental implants. Dr. Kirk and his staff work in a 2,800-square-foot facility located on the University Medical Center campus. The state-of-the-art office includes an iTero digital scanner and cone beam CT scanner, both of which are used for the placement of dental implants.

Dr. Kirk is a Union City, Tenn., native who graduated from Obion County Central High School in 1985. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Martin in 1990 before graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry in 1994.

Dr. Kirk closed his private practice in 2005 after being called to active duty, during which he served at the United States Military Hospital in Kuwait as the staff oral and maxillofacial surgeon. He re-opened his Lebanon, Tenn., office in 2006 and opened a second location in Mount Juliet, Tenn., the following year.

He is a member of the Tennessee Dental Association, American Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Tennessee Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He also is a Diplomate of American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and the Senior Executive for Expeditionary Medical Facility Greak Lakes One.  

Dr. Kirk has received three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and was recently awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He was voted Best Nashville Dentist in 2013 and 2014.

For information about the cost of dental implants at Tennessee Implant and Oral Surgery, visit Dr. Kirk's website at or call the office at (615) 378-6494.

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