Choosing a Trusted Implant Dentist 

Dr. Rick H. HeardWhile there are many dentists in Victoria, TX, who perform dental implant procedures regularly, choosing a dental implant dentist should not be taken lightly. The implant procedure is a complex process even for perfectly healthy patients. It is important to research doctors and exercise caution to ensure you are working with a professional you can trust.

With a Masters of Science in Periodontics and Implantology, Dr. Rick H. Heard is committed to serving the best interest of his patients and place dental implants accurately and safely. He can determine if this procedure is right for you and complete all surgical aspects of your treatment at his practice, Gulf Coast Periodontics.

Actual patient results
A skilled implant placement dentist can position the post for the most natural-looking tooth possible. 

Important Factors to Consider

There are many factors that should be taken into consideration when choosing a doctor to place your dental implants. Most importantly, you should learn more about their:

A periodontist with years of experience can better accommodate special circumstances and has had the opportunity to fine-tune their placement technique. Ensuring that the implant posts are placed at the correct angle and depth is crucial.
Be sure to read patient testimonials and research your doctor. This can help you gauge their ability on a patient-to-patient basis. With a five-star rating on several rating sites, Dr. Heard and his team have helped many patients achieve their smile goals.
Sedation Options
You will want to verify that the doctor offers sedation at their office. When dentists are not able to provide sedation themselves, you may need to travel to a hospital for your procedure, which can increase your risk for infection during recovery. We work with board-certified anesthesiologists to provide safe sedation at our office during your treatment.
Implant Options
Ask about the dental implant options different doctors offer. Some patients may benefit from mini implants while others may be better suited for traditional implants. In addition to traditional implants, Dr. Heard also offers same day dental implants so that you can walk out of your appointment with a fully-functioning bite.

Selecting a dentist who exceeds the high standards you set for your oral healthcare can safeguard you against low-quality results. Furthermore, by finding a reliable doctor to start with, you can also protect the investment you are making in your future. While dental implants can cost more than traditional restorations, the peace of mind they provide will allow you to go forward in your daily activities with confidence.

Providing Quality Implant Care

Dr. Heard will work closely with you throughout the entire surgical process, from performing preparatory procedures to placing your implants and abutments. To begin, he performs a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health to determine if you are a viable candidate. If you choose to move forward with the process, Dr. Heard uses a 3-D computed tomography (CT) scanner to create a highly accurate surgical guide to improve precision during your procedure.

Dr. Heard will work closely with you throughout the entire surgical process, from performing preparatory procedures to placing your implants and abutments.

On the day of surgery, he will place your traditional or same-day implants. Once your implant posts have healed, he can place your abutment and you will return to your primary dentist's office for your finalized restoration. Dr. Heard prides himself on providing high-quality implants that provide unparalleled comfort and strength.

Serving Your Best Interests

Dr. Heard is a trusted professional who uses the latest technology and quality materials to provide his patients with exceptional implant care. Contact us online or call (361) 573-1014 to schedule a dental implant consultation 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) 573-1014 today.

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