A Periodontist Providing Individualized
Care and Exceptional Results

Meet Dr. Heard



To expedite treatment, we encourage you to fill out our patient forms and, if applicable, our Linden Care Pharmacy prescription form prior to your initial appointment.

Since 2003, the entire team at Gulf Coast Periodontics has been committed to providing you with concierge-level service from the moment you arrive at our state-of-the-art office in Victoria, TX. We have created a warm, welcoming environment where you can undergo expert care in comfort. In addition, we use advanced technology and sedation to further improve your experience with periodontics. Board-certified periodontist Rick H. Heard provides personalized services and professional care to improve your oral health and appearance.

Why Do Patients Choose Our Practice?

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Ongoing Training

Dr. Heard is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, which requires certification as a dentist, certification as a periodontist, and proof of continuing education. This achievement illustrates Dr. Heard's commitment to improving his skills to better serve his patients.

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Expert Care

Patients receive the highest level of surgical care when they choose Dr. Heard because he has undergone extensive training in periodontics. While many general dentists offer similar services, they simply don't have the same level of skill and knowledge as a periodontist.

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Team Approach

We routinely work with other dentists in the Victoria area that refer their patients to us for periodontal treatment. Dr. Heard provides expert surgical care to improve periodontal health, while the patient's regular dentist provides basic dental services.

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Custom Treatment

Dr. Heard genuinely cares about each patient's periodontal and overall health. He takes the time to thoroughly evaluate each case to determine the best course of treatment and to educate patients about what they need.

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Comfortable Facility

Designed for ultimate comfort, our waiting room features soft loveseat couches, colorful fish tanks, and Wifi for your convenience. We also maintain your comfort during treatment with advanced technology and sedation options.


Rick Heard, DDS

Meet Our Periodontist

Born and raised in Victoria, TX, Rick Heard, DDS, is a board-certified periodontist who has been providing the highest level of care to patients since 2000. He received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery, as well as his Certificate and Masters of Science in Periodontics and Implantology, from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.

Dr. Heard is genuinely invested in the care of each of his patients, and he is dedicated to providing periodontal and surgical care of the highest quality.
It is sincerely gratifying to provide my patients with individualized surgical care using creative solutions. Rick Heard, DDS

Member of The McGuire Institute

Dr. Heard is a member of several reputable organizations, including The McGuire Institute™, where he contributes to advanced research. This organization is dedicated to improving the dental industry, its practices, and patient care through evidence-based clinical research.

Contact Us Request an Appointment Today

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If you've been advised to see a periodontist, we invite you to contact Gulf Coast Periodontics in Victoria, TX, today. Dr. Heard can improve your periodontal and dental health with laser technology and oral surgery. He offers a wide range of services, including treatment for periodontal disease, implant surgery, cosmetic gum contouring, and more. To benefit from his expertise in periodontics and oral surgery, contact us online or call us at:

(361) 573-1014
Thank you! Everyone at Gulf Coast Periodontics are just the BEST! Taking care of everyone is a priority, that's OBVIOUS from the time you arrive - until you are out the door! I appreciate the extra care and my expectations are always met and surpassed from the front desk to the fabulous Dr. Heard. Sonya Holesovsk - 5-star Google Review

Advanced Technology

Cone Beam Scanner

doctor examining scanModern imaging tools such as our cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner enable us to accurately evaluate your oral health, diagnose your condition, and plan your customized treatment more efficiently and effectively.

Laser Dentistry

dental laserThanks to dental lasers, we offer innovative solutions and less invasive procedures for patients in need of periodontal care. The unparalleled benefits of this technology include improved surgical precision and recovery times.

CEREC System

CEREC machineThe CEREC® system allows dentists and periodontists to take precise digital impressions of a patient's bite and then design and fabricate restorations on-site. Our CEREC machine enables us to provide same-day dental implants.

Transformative Results

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We strive to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful, symmetrical smile.

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Ensuring Your Comfort

Many patients who struggle with dental phobia or anxiety avoid the vital care they need, impacting their overall oral health. To address these concerns, our periodontist offers intravenous (IV) sedation, administered in-office by a board-certified anesthesiologist. There are several advantages to incorporating sedation with periodontics, including reduced length of surgery and quicker recovery periods.

At Gulf Coast Periodontics in Victoria, TX, we work with Drs. Derrick Garrett and Steve Janececk, both board-certified anesthesiologists. They are part of the South Texas Anesthesia Group and have safely delivered anesthesia to our patients for over four years.

Periodontal Disease
We Offer Comprehensive Care


bacteria under the gum lineWe use advanced technology to help diagnose the severity of periodontal disease. Digital x-rays and cone beam scanning can be utilized to help us develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your unique oral health needs.


laser treating gumsWe offer effective treatment for periodontal disease, including scaling and planing, pocket reduction therapy, LANAP® regenerative treatment, and soft tissue grafting. These services can restore the health and appearance of the gums.

Dental Implants

dental implant in a biteTooth loss is a common consequence of gum disease. Dr. Heard performs implant surgery to replace missing teeth with a stable and natural-looking restoration. Implants are able to prevent jawbone atrophy and maintain the structure of the face.

Dental Implant Results

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Patients can have a beautiful and fully functioning smile with dental implants.
Dr. Rick Heard is amazing! He also has a wonderful staff! He did a great job on some surgeries I had to have! Makes u feel at home and not in a dentist office! Would recommend anyone I know to go to see him!  Thank you Dr. Rick! Victoria Newton - 5-star Google Review


Our periodontist is proud to be affiliated with...
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Academy of General Dentistry logo
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Texas Society of Periodontists logo
The McGuire Institute logo
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Dr. Rick Heard

Dr. Rick Heard

Dr. Heard is board-certified in periodontology and dental implant surgery with over 15 years of experience in the field. He is also a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Periodontology
  • The American Dental Association
  • The McGuire Institute

Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants by requesting an appointment online or calling (361) 573-1014 today.

Dr. Rick Heard

Dr. Rick Heard

Dr. Heard is board-certified in periodontology and dental implant surgery with over 15 years of experience in the field. He is also a member of multiple prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Academy of Periodontology
  • The American Dental Association
  • The McGuire Institute

Find out if you are a candidate for dental implants by requesting an appointment online or calling (361) 214-2151 today.

Message Our Staff

After multiple years of avoiding a dental issue, I visited Dr. Heard. In a short period of time, I went from what I thought was a hopeless dental problem, to a complete solution. I now have a full understanding of my procedure, the timeline, and even exact costs.

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Victoria Office

5606 N Navarro St.
Ste 304
Victoria, TX 77904

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