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League City, TX Dentist - Dr. Derek Tieken
Meet Dr. Derek Tieken

J. Derek Tieken, DDS has earned lots of accolades and honors in his 27 years as a dentist – and before that, while earning his degree from the University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. President of his fourth-year class, Dr. Tieken delivered the commencement address.

His dental practice, Tieken Smiles Dentistry, has been recognized as a “Best Dentist” by Bay Area Houston Magazine for 16 years in a row. And it earned a spot on H-Texas Magazine’s “Top Dentists” list from 2010 to 2016. In 2014, Tieken Smiles Dentistry was selected as Practice of the Year by Next Level, a dental consulting and training organization.

Dr. Tieken was named a Texas Super Dentist in 2017 by Texas Monthly.

Dr. Tieken has also appeared on Consumers’ Research Council of America’s list of top dentists in the U.S.

Focus on Patient Well-Being

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But there is more to dentistry than awards. As a boy, Dr. Tieken enjoyed learning about health and the body. He’s still fascinated by the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. This shows in his work, through his focus on improving his patients’ overall well-being. He takes the time to build close relationships with his patients and provide them with personalized care.

He stays up-to-date on the latest dental trends by taking courses at The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.

Giving Back to the Community

Dr. Tieken is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He is a longtime participant in its Give Back a Smile program, which provides restorative dentistry services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Dr. Tieken loves his local community. He established his dental practice just 10 miles away from where he grew up. And he participates in many community service projects such as providing dental screenings to area school children.

In His Free Time

In his free time, Dr. Tieken enjoys date nights with Lori, his wife of 25 years. He also likes taking trips and spending time outdoors, especially if it involves boating or activities with his dogs, Reese and Lacey. He loves following sports. His favorite teams include Baylor University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in biology, and Ole Miss, where his daughter attends school.

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