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Learn what makes Rasmussen Periodontics and Implant Dentistry unique and the best choice for your oral care. Coming from a legacy of accomplished dentists, Dr. Rasmussen has the expertise to make your experience comfortable while achieving ideal outcomes.
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From a simple tooth extraction to full mouth reconstruction, we promise our patients the highest level of care. All of our procedures are performed with the utmost precision by Dr. Rasmussen. 
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PERIODONTAL PLASTIC SURGERY

Transform your Smile at Rasmussen Periodontics and Implant Dentistry

In addition to treating the foundation surrounding teeth, periodontists also specialize in cosmetic surgical procedures. In fact, periodontists are often called the "plastic surgeons" of dentistry. Dr. Rasmussen's esthetic outcomes are directly correlated to his unmatched level of skill, precision and focus on detail.

Reasons for Gingival Grafting

Reduced Sensitivity

When the root of a tooth becomes exposed, it can become sensitive to hot, cold and tactile events. Exposed roots are also more prone to forming cavities, as they are "softer" and "weaker" than enamel. A gum grafting procedure can permanently cover the exposed root, reducing discomfort, minimizing the risk of cavity formation and most importantly restoring the health of the gums.

Improved Appearance

Gum recession creates longer teeth, subsequently leading to an "older" appearance. It also results in asymmetry of the gums, one of the main causes of an unesthetic smile. Gum grafting can create proper proportions and symmetry of the teeth and gums providing a beautiful, esthetic smile.

Improved Gum Health

As gum tissue is lost, the supporting bone lying beneath is also lost. In many cases, it is simply poor quality overlying tissue that is leading to damage of the bone. Gum grafting will increase the quality of gum tissue and stop the progression of both gum and bone loss.

Acellular Dermal Matrix

In many cases, Dr. Rasmussen will use human donor tissue (ADM) instead of autogenous tissue from the roof of the mouth for gum grafting. Utilizing Acellular Dermal Matrix minimizes discomfort, bleeding and eliminates morbidity of a donor site, all while achieving the same outcome as autogenous tissue. It also allows a full mouth case to be completed in a single visit.
Dr. Rasmussen is trained in a minimally invasive surgical technique called the tunneling technique in which he will use ADM in combination with platelet rich plasma, harvested from the patient's blood. A typically full mouth case will take under 1.5 hours to complete and the patient can return to a normal lifestyle the very next day.
Dr. Rasmussen performs more surgeries utilizing Acellular Dermal Matrix than any other periodontist on the west coast of Florida.

Subepithelial Connective Tissue Graft

A subepithelial connective tissue graft is harvested from the roof of the mouth. It is utilized to repair and strengthen damaged gum tissue as well as cover any exposed root surfaces. During this procedure, the exposed portion of the root is cleaned and a small "pocket" is prepared between the native gum tissue and root surface. The connective tissue graft is then placed inside the "pocket" and positioned to cover the root with tiny sutures. Most patients report little to no discomfort and have a follow up visit 2 weeks post-surgery.
Gum Grafting procedure
Acellular Dermal Matrix procedure

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Esthetic crown lengthening is a procedure used to correct a "Gummy Smile". Many individuals have a non-pathologic condition called altered active or passive eruption that results in the appearance of short teeth and a "Gummy Smile". In reality, these individuals have beautiful teeth hidden behind a curtain of excess gum tissue. By removing this excess gum tissue, the proper proportions of the teeth are exposed, perfect gingival symmetry is created and a beautiful, esthetic smile is revealed.
The procedure involves reshaping or re-contouring the gum tissue and bone around the teeth in question to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. Esthetic crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, several teeth or the the entire gum line.
One of the biggest advantages of this procedure is that it can be completed in just one visit. The benefits of an esthetic crown lengthening:
• Teeth that no longer look short or like “baby teeth”
• A much more attractive smile
• An improved self-image and self-confidence
• A relatively quick healing period with little to no discomfort
• Immediate visible results

Aside from the esthetic benefits of crown lengthening, correcting a “gummy” smile can also improve your overall periodontal health. When gum tissue does not recede normally as adult teeth emerge, pockets can form in the gums, which can result in advanced periodontal disease. By contouring the gums through crown lengthening, you can not only improve the look and confidence of your smile, but also prevent future problems.

Pinhole Surgical Technique

The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique (PST™) is an innovative scalpel free, suture-free option for treating receding gums. The Pinhole Surgical Technique is considered a minimally invasive alternative to gum surgery as there are no incisions or stitches made for treatment. In fact, PST can treat multiple areas of recession or even the entire mouth in just a single visit.
Dr. Rasmussen uses a specially designed instrument to make a tiny hole in the gum tissue and then gently loosens and guides the gum over the recession. As there is no cutting or stitching, recovery is fast with minimal pain, swelling and bleeding. Patients are able to see instant cosmetic improvement after treatment.
  • What Our Patients Say

    "I cannot even begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Rick and his team. I had a procedure done with him that I was very nervous for. He went above and beyond to make me feel at ease, by explaining each and every step of the procedure as he was doing it. I was in and out of the procedure within 40 minutes and had no surprises, as everything was very well explained and prepared for me. Dr. Rick and his team are so incredibly talented and knowledgeable, it is evident that they are passionate about what they do and that they truly care to get to know their patients on a personal level. I would 110% recommend him to anyone who is need of periodontal treatment."
    Sydney Bubley
    Esthetic Crown Lengthening
  • What Our Patients Say

    "I was very pleased with Dr. Rasmussen’s office from the front desk staff to everyone in the back. I had a very serious bone infection that stemmed from another dentist’s implant that went bad. I know now that I should’ve seen a surgeon for any type of surgery in the mouth and Dr Rasmussen ‘s office proved to be the best place. I could have been recommended to. They were able to see me right away took care of things with minimal discomfort happy to say I’m on my way to recovery! I’ve learned my lesson dentists are great, but they should stick with what dentists do best cavities and cleanings any type of surgery or implants run don’t walk to Dr. Rasmussen’s office!"
    Jennifer Jackson Daniel
    Dental Implants
  • What Our Patients Say

    "I couldn’t recommend a better office to have your wisdom teeth pulled out at. They were able to get me a consultation and an extraction within 2 weeks of each other. Post Op pain has been non existent since day 2. The staff is very friendly and I would recommend anyone needing a swift and accommodating experience to come here. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Can’t wait to see them again for my 2 weeks post op check up!!"
    Devin Parham
    Tooth Extraction
  • What Our Patients Say

    "Dr. Rasmussen and his staff are so amazing, I will definitely recommend anyone who is currently looking for an Oral Surgeon in the Tampa Bay region/ Wesley Chaple area. He take time to explain the procedure and his expertise also his staff are great. No long waiting whenever you have a set appointment schedule."
    Frank Wilson
    Oral Surgeon

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