Patient Testimonials 

Gulf Coast Periodontics-Victoria, TX. By Diana P.

Dr. Heard and all his staff are great! Dr. Heard explains any procedure before beginning, and talks about future procedures to expect. He and his staff put me at ease while I was there. Good experience!

Wonderful practice. By Kimberly M.

Very professional and caring office. Dr Rick Heard and staff have taken great care of 2 of my children and I have no reservations about my upcoming procedure. I have complete confidence in him and his wonderful staff. Thank you for always treating us so well. 


Very pleased. No wait time, courteous, friendly, very professional.

Returning patient. By Gail D.

Everyone is very professional and efficient. Have had several procedures and all have gone well.

First appoint. By Lou Adele M.

I found Dr Heard and his staff to be very friendly , professional and efficient. I like that Dr Heard looks at you very directly with steady eye contact. He also listens to your concerns, and very patiently explains the different procedures. I left feeling very confident in Dr Heard and his staff after my first visit!

Excellent. By Kevin S.

After multiple years of putting off a dental issue, I had my first visit to Dr. Heard. In a short period of time I went from what I had convinced myself was a hopeless dental problem, to a complete solution. I now have a detailed, knowledge filled path forward on schedule, procedure, and even exact costs. All my questions were answered and I am completely relieved of my previous concerns. What a pleasant experience across the board including the friendly staff. That came as no surprise, as I know a few of the folks personally and they are great people outside of their work as well. Surely it's not a coincidence that they are part of the team there. I'm really looking forward to the procedures I have coming up and only wish I had went to Dr. Heard sooner. 

Great professional staff. By Virginia R. 

I always look forward to my visits...The staff is welcoming and pleasant. My questions are always answered. I leave looking forward till my next visit.

Wonderful practice!! By Rhonda L.

This facility was wonderful. All of the employees were exceptionally caring and very knowledgeable about their job. The wait was a little long but that's what happens when the staff takes excellent care and time with each patient. Dr. Heard was also great. Very professional and informative.

MORE THAN GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By Niki H.

On a scale of one to ten I give Dr. Heard a 100!!!!!!! I have never had such a wonderful experience at A Doctors office!!!!!!! All the staff treated me like I was FAMILY!!!!!!!! It was my first time there!!!! I had a tooth extracted..and had NO pain the next day!!!!!!!!!!!! That says a lot to me!!!!!!!!!! Please , if you need a Periodontist HE is the ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First Visit with Dr. Heard at Gulf Coast Periodontics. By Isabel E.

My visit at GCP was very pleasant. I don't like going to the dentist even though I keep up with my regular checkups, but I found my visit at GCP very pleasant and informative. My checkup went very well, and I asked a lot of questions and the dental hygienist and the doctor were very patient and answered all my questions, and it didn't seem like they were just rushing through everything. The doctor was very patient and addressed all my concerns.

Consultation. By Wilma B.  

Fabulous. Ladies over the top and Dr. Heard is a brilliant doc and spent time answering my questions and clearly and kindly explaining my options. Also pointed to a potential health issue that was on the Xray.

I highly recommend this office! By. J.D. G.

Dr Heards office is excellent. His staff was very friendly and attentive to my needs and schedule. His hygienist kept to her schedule and I did not waste time sitting in the waiting room. I have been a patient of Dr Heard for several years and have always been more than satisfied with the care that they have given me.

Wonderful! By Kristina W. 

I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Heard and his staff. They were very helpful and comforting with the whole process. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

My Experience. By Dolores H. 

Awesome! I'll tell you that I was very nervous. But the wonderful staff made my visit very pleasant.

Are all offices this great :). By Marvin C.

Dr. Heard and his staff are some of the greatest people you will ever be around in a doctor's office. 

Best surgical team in area!!! By Rita H.

Dental surgery makes anyone apprehensive. The team at Gulf Coast Periodontics makes you feel welcome and comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Dr. Heard is forthright and will not try to sell you something you don't need. I trust his judgment and his surgical skills. He personally calls you when you get home to make sure you are doing OK. I would highly recommend calling his office for any of your dental requirements

Great Experience! By Lupe B. 

I had a great experience with my implant treatment. The staff was awesome! I highly recommend Dr. Heard for your implant treatment. A superb way to replace a missing tooth.

The only place I will ever go. By Anonymous

I have been under the care of Dr. Heard and Lisha for about 12 years now. I was once told by a dentist that I would likely lose all my teeth by the time I turned 50. Well, I'm 65 now and the 3 teeth I did lose were replaced by implants. It looks like I will get to keep the rest. Anyone who is looking at the worst should try Dr. Heard first before giving up their teeth!

Always a smile. By Sherry B. 

One office that I know someone will always be smiling. Dr Rick Heard is compassionate and finds a treatment plan that is in my best interest.

Nicest group of professionals in the business!! By Riley P.

Everyone was so nice and helpful. Made my daughter feel at ease, just a very caring atmosphere! Highly recommend if you need an oral surgeon! Thank you Dr. Heard and your associates!

Amazing! By Priscilla G.

Everyone at Gulf Coast made my experience very pleasant and painless. Dr.Heard was very informative throughout the process prior and after my procedure and was even so kind enough to call and check up on me after surgery. They are by far the best in the crossroads area. Anyone reading this - I recommend you choose Gulf Coast Periodontics, they will not disappoint. They will send you off with the smile of your dreams.


It’s always a pleasant experience when visiting Dr. Heard’s office. Not something I would normally say to describe a visit to the dentist. Everyone is professional, personal and caring and they provide expert care.

Very pleased. By Dyllan W. 

Everything was very professional and organized. I would definitely recommend to anyone. You can tell that everyone in the office including Dr. Heard really cares for their patients. They go above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable and understand everything. Dr. Heard even called in the evening to check on my son.

5-3-16 consult appointment. By Miriam C.

Everyone at Gulf Coast Periodontics was very friendly and professional. There was no pressure to have the dental work done. I felt the staff and especially Dr. Heard listened to what I wanted to do about my condition. They were all so anxious to answer any questions I had and I never felt hurried. I feel very confident that all will go well when I have my dental procedure done. The office staff was very helpful in explaining the fees and insurance details.

My Visit. By John S. 

A very pleasant visit. Everyone was friendly, helpful and able to answer any question that I had. Dr Heard was very helpful. He did not appear to be rushed and in a hurry to move on to his next patient. Answered all my questions and took time to listen to what I had to say. A nice experience.

First visit & consultation. By Linda G. 

This team is great! I arrived to smiling, friendly faces. No painful questioning that the entire waiting room could hear. I was made comfortable & felt at ease, I appreciated the professional consultation with Dr. Heard & his staff. Although, I will not need their services at present, I certainly will contact them if it is ever necessary. Thank you.

Excellent. By Theresa S. 

This is the second time I have had to go to this office and I cannot convey how happy I am with the service I received ! They are friendly and thorough! I highly recommend!

Excellent. By Brenda C. 

Not only the best doctor but great and most friendliest staff.

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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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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