Education:

  • B.A. Biology (1995), University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (1999), University of Minnesota, School of Dentistry, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency (2000), Naval Dental Center, Great Lakes, Illinois
  • Certificate in Endodontics (2006), University of Iowa, College of Dentistry, Iowa City, Iowa

Professional Activities

  • Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics
  • American Association of Endodontics
  • American Dental Association
  • Minnesota Dental Association

Verified Patient Reviews

4.6 out of 5 (214 Reviews) (87 Comments)

Overall patient ratings are based on the average score given by The Dental Specialists patients who voluntarily complete a satisfaction survey from Press Ganey, a nationally recognized firm dedicated to improving patient experience. Click to learn more about our patient ratings.

5 out of 5
November 22, 2022
It was like a beautiful ballet dance that I had a front row seat to, complete magic
5 out of 5
November 21, 2022
I was AFRAID. Dental asst. Offered me a blanket. Kind words, very comforting..... I did not feel a thing the whole time!!! :)
5 out of 5
November 21, 2022
Dr. Loyal and his asst. Were a fabulous team! I loved the communication with me during the entire process
4.8 out of 5
November 14, 2022
By far the easiest root canal I've ever had.
3.8 out of 5
November 9, 2022
Root canal experience was nearly pain-free. My dental assistant was exceptional in her knowledge and "bedside manner". Still experiencing some post-procedure sensitivity in the tooth (after 5 days), but office has provided followup consultation.
4 out of 5
November 2, 2022
Upfront on costs which helps - understood fear and helped calm nerves
4 out of 5
November 2, 2022
Through and explained procedure. It is a bit overwhelming news so it helps to have handouts. The dental assistant, Tracy was excellent and very upbeat.
5 out of 5
October 13, 2022
Good experience
5 out of 5
October 13, 2022
Very helpful and kind
4 out of 5
September 3, 2022
I was not given cost information on the recommendation.
5 out of 5
August 9, 2022
The Dental Assistant was to me amazing! Being a nurse, I know something about bedside manner and to me, she exemplified caring, kindness and competence. Dr. Royal was gentle and highly competent. I had a very good experience. I am grateful. Thank you
5 out of 5
July 26, 2022
Dr. Royal was very knowledgeable and very careful to explain things so I could understand the situation. He was great, as was his dental assistant.
5 out of 5
July 6, 2022
Pleasant conversations among all, had to interrupt procedure to use restroom and didn't have to wait long for dentist to come back to restart and finish the procedure. I thought he was very thorough in treating my tooth and felt confident he did a good job. I was in a lot of pain two days after, with bruising and swelling, and was leaving on a holiday trip worried I would be in pain throughout. I called and left a msg in the early morning hrs, requesting a refill on pain meds and my call was returned immediately when office opened saying my prescription was ready. I was unbelievably grateful for the extra relief until I felt better, which was about five days later. Thank you!
5 out of 5
July 6, 2022
Both the assistant and dentist were pleasant, listened to my concerns, checked my concerns, explained procedure and aftercare thoroughly, addressed my pain management during and after appointment that I very much appreciated.
5 out of 5
June 30, 2022
Dr. Royal was wonderful. Professional AND calming. That is a rare mix!
5 out of 5
June 9, 2022
Dr. Royal was very professional and calming. He turned on some music near me in the chair so I had a nice distraction while getting the root canal. Him and (his assistant) worked really well together and always checked to see how I was doing. The dental assistant is amazing at her job. She was always a step ahead of Dr. Royal and what instrument he needed. I was very please with both Dr. Royal and his team
5 out of 5
May 9, 2022
All good.
5 out of 5
May 9, 2022
Excerllent service and very professional. Both Dr. Royal and the assistant
5 out of 5
May 4, 2022
Dr. Royal is by far the best dentist I've seen at this location. In fact, I had lost confidence in the care provided by this office but I would continue to see him. He has a comfortable chair-side manner. His communication is clear and responsive. He demonstrates concern for his patients. I do want to recognize his assistant, who was very kind, professional, and knowledgeable. I really appreciated her presence during my treatment.
5 out of 5
April 27, 2022
Dentist seemed very competent.
3.8 out of 5
March 28, 2022
Dr. Royal described four options for future treatment. It would have been nice to have had a written copy so I could remember them and their relative merits.
5 out of 5
February 24, 2022
Very friendly.
5 out of 5
February 24, 2022
Keep up the excellent care.
5 out of 5
February 21, 2022
A+ YOU are awesome!
2.8 out of 5
February 21, 2022
Dentist didn't introduce themselves. Walked in room and said "nice to meet you". When done with consultation, dentist said again "nice to meet you". Never mentioned their name. Poor bedside manner. Not sure if I want to return for treatment.
5 out of 5
February 17, 2022
Dentist very careful pulling tooth out. After all was done pain level at home was a #1. So little discomfort. Excellent Dentist & staff
5 out of 5
January 8, 2022
Excellent service from start to finish.
5 out of 5
January 8, 2022
Outstanding
5 out of 5
January 6, 2022
Over all great service
5 out of 5
January 4, 2022
I needed to get in for a root canal and they were able to get me in the following week. The scheduling people I talked to each time I called were very helpful and nice.
5 out of 5
January 4, 2022
Both the dentist and his assistant were very kind and explained what they were going to do before they started. The assistant answered all my questions after the procedure and made sure I knew what to do post-care from my appointment. I would definitely recommend Dr. Royal to my family and friends.
4.3 out of 5
December 30, 2021
Good job overall
4.3 out of 5
December 30, 2021
Overall they were awesome
4.3 out of 5
December 30, 2021
They were able to give me an appointment on short notice--
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December 18, 2021
Spent less than one minute with me after I drove 2.5 hours
5 out of 5
December 16, 2021
Everything went well
5 out of 5
December 16, 2021
I wasn't nervous, verypleased
5 out of 5
December 16, 2021
Everything went very professionally
5 out of 5
December 12, 2021
Was able to accommodate emergency need for care quickly.
5 out of 5
December 12, 2021
Overall an excellent experience; very satisfied with the expedience of care and resolution of emergency dental need.
5 out of 5
December 12, 2021
Dr. Royal and his DA were exceptional.
5 out of 5
December 12, 2021
Follow-up after my root canal procedure was an appreciated professional gesture.
5 out of 5
December 11, 2021
Smooth and professional
3.8 out of 5
November 22, 2021
Not much info from DR could be better learned more from assistant than DR no discussion of risk or benefits but DR did good work
5 out of 5
November 22, 2021
There was not really an option for my situation, but Dr. Royal explained things well and I left understanding next steps.
5 out of 5
November 5, 2021
Great job to the entire team! I even received a call today to check up on me! Hugs to everyone!
5 out of 5
November 5, 2021
Dr. Royal took the time to explain to me everything he did during the procedure.
5 out of 5
October 5, 2021
Excellent experience. The staff was wonderful. Dental team very thorough and on point with what to expect throughout the procedure and post.
5 out of 5
September 15, 2021
Dr. Royal did a great job. Thank you!
1 out of 5
September 13, 2021
Technical expertise = 10. Communicating even the need for being there = 0.
3.3 out of 5
September 6, 2021
Still not clear on options, treatment, and plan.
5 out of 5
August 2, 2021
Everything was up front
5 out of 5
July 3, 2021
Overall good experience
5 out of 5
July 3, 2021
Listened to my concerns and questions patiently and answered them
3.3 out of 5
July 3, 2021
Dentist did not volunteer information, but did answer questions. I would have liked him to tell me what he was doing during the procedure, provide progress updates every few minutes.
5 out of 5
May 20, 2021
I am very happy with the treatment received from Dr. Royal. Pain control was very good and I had minimal discomfort from the procedure.
3.8 out of 5
May 18, 2021
I would have appreciated having the doctor tell me what he was doing as we went along and how we were doing on time, etc.
2.9 out of 5
April 27, 2021
Dr. Had a very calming voice/approach. However, the procedure lasted 90 minutes. He did not give me a break/jaw rest the entire time. He did not give me any updates as he was working as to how it was going or how long was left, or what was next etc.
3.3 out of 5
April 7, 2021
I struggle with anxiety. Dr Royal was not very personable. The Nitrous did not calm my anxiety. I felt totally alert the entire time and I remember everything clearly. I shared that I was struggling, but there was no response to to my concern. I did NOT feel any pain. I believe Dr Royal did an excellent job, technically. It is just that I was miserable the entire time of the drilling.
5 out of 5
February 4, 2021
again very impressed gave options and was honest about choices
4.2 out of 5
February 3, 2021
The only reason I did not answer very good to all questions is because I made the appointment for the root canal and Dr. Royal got to work doing it. We didn't communicate a lot, for obvious reasons. But also, I told him not to give me too many details and to go ahead and do what he needed to do. He had a good chair-side manner - kind and confident - he made me feel confident in the procedure.
5 out of 5
January 28, 2021
I would have like the doctor to be more communicative on the procedure being done, how much longer it would last, etc.
3.3 out of 5
December 2, 2020
Dr Royal was adequately nice.
3.8 out of 5
November 26, 2020
Doctor was very professional and worked efficiently with his assistant. I wish he had explained a bit more what he was doing during the procedure.
5 out of 5
November 16, 2020
Dr. Royal and the assistant, were both very caring and thorough. A great team to be confident in.
5 out of 5
October 21, 2020
all good
3.3 out of 5
October 13, 2020
started as root canal and ended up with cracked so had to be pulled by Dr. Rivers. I thought he was done and then he said it needed to be pulled. he did say a surgeon might be available.
1.3 out of 5
September 21, 2020
Doctor only had one option for treatment-pull tooth. Never gave me the option of other treatments. I felt like he didn't want to deal with me, maybe because of my age? Or other reasons?
5 out of 5
August 24, 2020
I have already told my family and friends....if you need an endodontist...go see the "royal team" in Roseville.
5 out of 5
July 27, 2020
Dr Royal was outstanding. I have major dental anxiety as Novocaine has not been effective for me recently. I did not feel a thing for my root canal. He was amazing.
2.9 out of 5
February 24, 2020
I feel like Dr Royal could've been a bit more personable.
5 out of 5
December 21, 2019
Dr Royal is fantastic.
4.2 out of 5
December 11, 2019
Dr Royal is a man of few words
5 out of 5
November 18, 2019
Dr. Royal was great!!
5 out of 5
October 10, 2019
I was very impressed with the thoroughness of the exam and xray imaging
4.6 out of 5
October 3, 2019
I had alot of questions that I thought would have been addressed without me asking. Much was fresh in my mind since I had just visited my referring dentist a few days earlier. All in all I left with a good comfort level of what to expect during and after a root canal.
5 out of 5
September 10, 2019
I was put at ease by both the doctor's assistant and the doctor.
5 out of 5
September 9, 2019
Procedure was virtually painless.
3.8 out of 5
August 12, 2019
Everything was fine, but it would have been nice to understand what was happening as we went along. I had no idea a molar had 3 canals. No wonder there was so much drilling, etc.
5 out of 5
May 7, 2019
Dr. Royal was amazing and caring! He always kept me in the loop of what he was doing and was very kind and attentive.
5 out of 5
February 25, 2019
Dr.Royal and his assistant were wonderful!!! I was quite nervous about having a root canal - and they were so careful to make sure I was alright and had no discomfort!!!
3.8 out of 5
February 20, 2019
referred back to my dentist for help in determining what plan of action would be best because he knows status of other teeth that would be affected.
5 out of 5
February 14, 2019
Dr. Royal is very professional and thorough.
4.4 out of 5
February 4, 2019
Loved both Dr. Royal and his Assistant/nurse. Great!
5 out of 5
January 17, 2019
all options well explained
5 out of 5
January 15, 2019
Given a pamphlet on follow up care and also prescription for an antibiotic if needed. Doctor explained why one root canal wasn't totally completed and to check back in 6 months when further oral surgery might be needed. Told what symptoms to look for. Very thorough.
5 out of 5
January 9, 2019
Outstanding