Dr. Richard A. Rasmussen, Jr.


Dr. Richard A. Rasmussen, Jr. has practiced periodontics and implant dentistry for more than three decades in the greater Tampa Bay area. Patients turn to Dr. Rasmussen for state-of-the-art treatment in a warm, caring environment, and appreciate his thoroughness in explaining the range of options available to achieve the best possible results. His success in the dental field has earned the respect and trust of both his clients and professional peers.

"Dental implants are high-tech. When patients decide to upgrade from an old-fashioned complete or partial denture to dental implants, it's like moving from the horse and buggy era to the space age."


Dr. Rasmussen earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received several academic awards. He went on to receive specialty American Academy of Periodontology training from the University of Alabama, with a joint appointment to the Veterans Administration Hospital.



One of the leading authorities in the use of the Brånemark method of implantology, the most scientifically documented implant system in the world, Dr. Rasmussen has traveled to Göthenburg, Sweden several times throughout his career to work with the Brånemark group and learn advancements within the field to apply in his practice.



One of Dr. Rasmussen's primary professional interests is dental implants. He has authored articles on the research and developments in this area for The Journal of Dental ResearchThe Journal of the Florida Dental AssociationImplantology Update, and The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. Additionally, he authored a textbook entitled “The Brånemark System of Oral Reconstruction: A Clinical Atlas”. Dr. Rasmussen is a frequent lecturer and has been interviewed on radio and television discussing the subjects of periodontics and implantology.



Dr. Rasmussen is also actively involved in clinical research. In addition to his appointment at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, he has also worked on clinical trials with the Food and Drug Administration. Most recently, he was part of a multi-center study that resulted in the release of a new therapy for controlled release of antibiotics at the local site of infection. Currently, he is working on the development of new and more effective methods of bone grafting, in conjunction with dental implants.