FAQ: How Does Dr. Rasmussen Keep Patients Comfortable During Implant Placement?

Dr. Rasmussen is frequently asked, "How do you keep patients comfortable during and after dental implant treatment?" Below, he answers your question!

Most patients find that the most uncomfortable part of the procedure actually is the anticipation of the procedure itself, and after the procedure most patients tell us that they are really surprised they worried so much about it prior to surgery because it really was a very comfortable experience. Most patients, in fact, will do extremely well after surgery, simply by taking ibuprofen, Advil, or something of that nature.

In fact, I can tell you a story, one of my patients I treated back in the early 1990s, a very, very famous motivational speaker. After we completed his implant surgery, he flew to Buffalo, New York, and gave a lecture to 15,000 people and never missed a beat.

For some patients, we do offer different options to make the experience more comfortable. The first is the administration of nitrous oxide, which is sometimes called laughing gas. The second option would be to take a pill prior to the surgery, and once again, the patient feels very comfortable and time just sort of flies by. And the third option would be the administration of intravenous conscious sedation. We administer certain medications that will make the experience much more comfortable for the patient, and in addition, the patient forgets almost everything that has happened throughout the procedure.

Dr. Rasmussen and Dr. Rasmussen, III Working Together As A Team!

Since officially joining us in 2014, many patients (and doctors!) have asked Dr. Rasmussen, III,

How do you like working with your dad in the periodontal and implant practice?” Below, Dr. Rasmussen, III answers the question! “It has been great working with my dad in the practice. As a father and son duo, we bring a great, unique dynamic to the table. On one hand, you have my father, a true implant pioneer of the field, and a lot of clinical experience, actually over 32 years. On the other hand, you have myself; I am able to bring new, innovative procedures and great knowledge to the table, and as a result, we are able to provide the best to our patients and give world class outcomes.

Growing up, I always wanted to be a dentist, even going to dental school I knew I wanted to be a periodontist eventually, and it was just very neat to grow up in a family full of dentists and a periodontist for a father.


The Rasmussens work together to be the best Tampa periodontists they can be!

Benefits of Computer Guided Implant Placement by Dr. Rasmussen

What are the benefits to patients of computer guided implant placement? Dr. Rasmussen explains below: 

I have been involved in computer-guided implant placement for the past 15 years, and the real advantage of computer-guided surgery is it allows us to take a look at what the end result should be first and then plan the surgery based upon that end projection. It also allows us to practice different scenarios and different simulations in terms of how to actually do the procedure, and I think what it means to the patient, not only the precision of the outcome, but the fact that because we have planned out the surgery on the computer first, we can do the procedure in a much more efficient and expedient fashion, and what that means to the patient is less time in surgery, less pain, less swelling and better outcomes.

Get to Know Dr. Rasmussen III and Learn More About His Periodontal Residency Program!

Frequently Asked Question: "What were some of the highlights of your periodontal residency program at the University of Florida?"

It was great. At the University of Florida, in my residency program, I was able to do a lot of research, a lot of studies on different subjects. I also received my master’s degree in oral and maxillofacial pathology and sciences. I did get to publish a study regarding specific receptor cells in the epithelium and their involvement with the progression and onset of periodontal disease, and that was very neat.

From a clinical perspective, I feel that UF was actually the best program in the country. We had a lot of major cases from all over the southeastern United States, a lot of multidisciplinary cases. We got a great overall spectrum of different treatment planning, whether it be through bone augmentation, soft tissue development, implant placements, IV sedation, and everything else. It was a great program. In addition to our clinical training and research background, we also had intensive studies in IV sedation. Our training was done through the College of Medicine as well as through the Department of Anesthesiology. Having that background of knowledge for IV sedation is very important. It allows me to treat my patients that are very anxious and scared to have procedures performed. We are able to put them in a relaxed state during the procedure where they almost feel like they are taking a nap throughout.

Highlights of Dr. Richard Rasmussen's Periodontal Residency Program

Dr. Richard Rasmussen, III completed residency training in Periodontology at the University of Florida, Shands Hospital. During his chief year, he also received a Master’s Degree in oral and maxillofacial pathology and sciences as well as certification in Intravenous Conscious Sedation. Watch this video below to find out the highlights of the program!

What Are Older Patients Telling Dr. Rasmussen About Dental Implants?

What do older patients tell Dr. Rasmussen after dental implant treatment?

Dr. Rasmussen's answer:

Our population is graying, as they say, and we actually see many patients now in their seventh, eighth, and ninth decades of life. And it is interesting to think about this, but as we age, we all have to eat. We have to interact. And who is it for anyone to say that people that are in their 80s or 90s cannot experience and enjoy those things in life?

I will tell you, when I was early in my career, matter of fact, in my first two years I was in practice, I met a patient by the name of Mabel Claire, and Mabel was 95 years old. And at that time, I said, “Based upon your age, I do not think we would want to treat you as a patient.”

And she grabbed me by the ear, and she said, “Sonny, This is something I want to do, and you are going to do it for me.” And she taught me a very valuable lesson. We did actually place implants in the upper and lower, converted her from what was previously a denture experience to something where she could really smile and interact. And she lived to age 105. She proved to me that age is not a contraindication to the placement of dental implants.

Dental Implant Treatment Is For Any Age!

Is age a contraindication to the placement of implants? Of course not! Watch the video below as Dr. Rasmussen explains that there is not an age limitation when it comes to dental implants. A patient in their 80s and 90s (and beyond) can still get implant therapy and enjoy all the benefits of it!

How Do You Become a Patient of Dr. Rasmussen and Dr. Rasmussen III?

We are always welcoming new patients into our office, and many of those patients are actually referred from other patients, family, and friends.  Although most patients are referred from other general dentists, it is not the only way to become part of our practice.  It does not really matter how patients find us, whether it is through the web, whether it is through other families, through friends. Right now, the current prevalence of periodontal disease in the United States is approximately 50 percent.  Contrary to popular belief, young children and young adolescents, they can also have periodontal disease.  It does not just affect adults.  Because of the high prevalence of periodontal disease, as well as the fact that it does affect young children, it is a good idea to have the entire family come to our office and have an examination and eventually a consultation.

Have you been referred to see Dr. Richard Rasmussen or Dr. Richard Rasmussen, III? Call us today at (813) 977- 2928 to schedule a new patient exam!

Dr. Rasmussen and Dr.Rasmussen III Are Welcoming New Patients!

Do new patients have to be referred by a general dentist to see us? Absolutely not! Both Dr. Richard Rasmussen and Dr. Richard Rasmussen III are welcoming new patients, whether they are referred by their dentist, other patients, family or friends! Watch below to find out why it is important to schedule for an examination and consultation right away!

Patient's History With Dr. Rasmussen (30+ Years and Counting!)

Arch has been a long term patient at Implant & Periodontal Therapy. His history with Dr. Rasmussen spans over 30 plus years.  Read the interview below to find out how he met Dr. Rasmussen and why he is still seeing him today! Question: Tell us about your long association with Dr. Rasmussen, both personally and professionally.

I first met him professionally because I went to a dentist, I had a filling put in, and amazingly a couple days later the filling fell out. I told my wife I was going back to that fellow and she said no, you are not going to see him; I want you to see somebody else. So she assigned me to a young dentist who checked me over and he said you have got some real problems. I said well, my dentist thought I had no problems. He said yes, you have periodontal problems and you should see a periodontist. And he showed me a list of periodontists and he said this fellow is right at the top of the list. I said well, I will go to the first one, the most important. And that is how I got to meet Richard Rasmussen. And I was very, very impressed. First of all, he obviously knew what he was doing and I really appreciated that. Growing up as a kid I was always afraid of the dentist, many people are, and very shortly I felt very comfortable every time I went to see him and enjoyed the visit. That is something to be said about going to your dentist and having fun.

When he examined me thoroughly he said you know, you really need the work on all four quadrants in the mouth. He said you need some deep scaling on that and he said we’ll do one a week through that. And I said no, let us just do all four at one time. He decided well, if you insist on that, he did it. And of course, I got off the table after that, it was a lengthy procedure, as you know, and he said how do you feel? I said I feel awful. He said really, what is the problem? I said I have four cups of coffee before I got on the table, otherwise no problem.

”I got along with it very well. I am thinking he exuded so much confidence that it spilled over into the dental work and gave me confidence and I felt very confident working with him, you know. Like in the television news business you work with a newsman you know he knows what he is doing, you appreciate that very much. And I saw I was with a dentist who knew what he was doing and that was most important.



Dr. Rasmussen's High Success Rate With Dental Implants

Have you ever wondered..what is the success rate for dental implants? Read below to find out the answer from Dr. Rasmussen!

Our success rate with dental implants over the past 32 years has exceeded 95 percent, which is an amazing statistic when you think about the fact that there are very few procedures in dentistry or medicine that could rival that success rate. I think what is even more amazing is that our success rate with dental implants over the past five years has been 100 percent, which means we have had no failures whatsoever.

And what that means for our patients is an enhanced quality of life. Many of our patients are social invalids. In fact, they cannot eat. They cannot function in society, and after rebuilding with implants, they can do that again. In some of our younger patients, kids that are just going through college might be missing an upper central incisor or lateral incisor. Again, it could be something that has a social stigma, and by rebuilding with implants we can create a beautiful smile for these young people.

Why Did Dr. Rasmussen, III Turn Down Harvard?

Question: You were accepted into Harvard Dental School, the hardest dental school in the country to get into, yet you chose another school.  How did that work out for you?

I did turn down Harvard Dental School to attend Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale. When I was applying to dental school right out of undergrad, there was a couple criteria that I was looking for in my optimal dental school: number one, the fact that it was very clinically based, similar to a private practice setting; and number two, that it was very close to home. That way I could stay involved with my dad’s private practice.

With that being said, I still applied to the country’s best dental schools, and when I was accepted to Harvard, it was a great honor. Academically speaking, it is the toughest dental school to get into in the country, and they only accept 35 applicants a year. But Harvard is a very research-based school, and in turn I wanted to be in that clinically-based program. And Nova was that – it fit the best profile for me. Nova was a great experience. I was able to treat a lot of patients and have a lot of hands-on and clinical skills involved from the very beginning, from the very early start my second year. It was the best choice I could have made.



Get to Know Tampa Bay Periodontist Dr. Richard Rasmussen, III

Dr. Richard Rasmussen, III was accepted by Harvard Dental School but chose another school instead. Click on the video below to get to know your Tampa Bay periodontist and find out why he chose Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine!

FAQ: How is your practice expanding in terms of adding locations and doctors?

I am very blessed that all four of my children decided to follow our footsteps in dentistry. My son Dr. Rick just graduated from the University of Florida with a specialization in periodontology, and my son Matt is graduating next year from the University of Alabama with his specialization in periodontology and will join us next year in practice. So we truly do have a group practice of periodontics and implant dentistry. We are expanding geographically. For the last 32 years, I have been focused strictly in North Tampa. But to better serve our patient base, we opened a second office in South Tampa, in the heart of South Tampa on Bay to Bay near Bayshore Blvd, and in the heart of Clearwater on U.S. 19.

Each one of our offices is also equally equipped. In fact, we have had a CBCT, which is a CAT scan for analyzing patients’ needs, here in North Tampa for the last five years, but we recently added CAT scan machines to both Clearwater and South Tampa.
— Dr. Richard Rasmussen

Dr. Rasmussen Discusses Expansion of Implant & Periodontal Therapy!

After 32 years of dental excellence, Implant & Periodontal Therapy now has three offices in North Tampa, South Tampa and Clearwater. Dr. Rasmussen's son, Dr. Rick Rasmussen, III is now practicing full time as a periodontal surgeon at all three offices. In a year, we will be welcoming Dr. Matthew Rasmussen as a periodontal surgeon as well! Watch the video below to see what Dr. Rasmussen has to say!