Dental Implant Dentist — Plattsburgh, NY

Get to Know Dr. Craig Heins

Doctor Heins laughing with a dental patient

Dr. Heins has over 20 years of experience in the dental field, and he says that working with people to help them achieve optimal dental health while ensuring they are comfortable is consistently fulfilling. A Plattsburgh native, he’s proud to serve the community where he grew up and give back to locals in a way that will improve their lives for years to come. Keep reading to learn a little more about Dr. Heins and his background as a dental implant dentist in Plattsburgh.


Why Did You Decide to Become a Dentist?

Plattsburgh dental implant dentist Doctor Craig Heins

Dr. Heins’s father was a dentist, and although he was never pressured to be in the dental field, he was always interested. Today, he’s so glad that he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Exterior of building at New York University College of Dentistry

Dr. Heins graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder before obtaining his dental degree at the NYU College of Dentistry. After dental school, he did his residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, and then joined his father at his dental practice in Plattsburgh. After he retired, Dr. Heins got to know Dr. Gerner through a study club, and they decided to merge their practices to create True North Dental Group.

Dr. Heins has always valued continuing education, so he has taken hundreds of hours of courses. One of his favorite treatments is dental implants, and he has completed many courses and curriculums in implantology. He received most of his training at the Wehrle Implant Immersion Course in Puebla, Mexico. He went several times as a student and was eventually asked to be an instructor to help train US dentists how to place implants. He will always continue to study and research as the dental field is constantly evolving.

His latest achievement is passing the written test and oral exam of the AAID (American Academy of Implant Dentistry) and becoming an Associate Fellow. He is also an active member of the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association, and Academy of General Dentistry.

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

Person skiing down a snowy mountain

Dr. Heins has two children, a wonderful son and daughter, and he also owns our office dog, Ruby. When he isn’t spending time with family or trying to train Ruby, you’ll usually find him golfing, fishing, or snowboarding.