• 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 (208 Reviews) (50 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.

3.1 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
Listened to my concerns and questions patiently and answered them
5 out of 5
July 3, 2021
Overall good experience
3.1 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.
4.5 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.
3.3 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.
3.6 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
4.3 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.
3.5 out of 5
December 2, 2020
Dr Royal was adequately nice.
4.2 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.
2.3 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.
2.8 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.
4.3 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.
4 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!!!
3.6 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.
4.9 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
5 out of 5
October 8, 2018
Very respectful of my dental anxiety.
5 out of 5
July 9, 2018
I would highly recommend Dr. Royal!! I had my first root canal and was quite nervous. He has a very kind demeanor, informed me of everything that he was doing and my procedure was virtually pain free. He did an excellent job and my tooth feels great!
4.4 out of 5
May 29, 2018
All very good.
5 out of 5
March 29, 2018
Dr. Royal and his assistant were very helpful, did a great job, and helped put me at ease.
5 out of 5
February 18, 2018
Dr Royal is a great communicator
4.9 out of 5
January 15, 2018
I was very pleased with the dental hygienist or dentist assistant and the doctor.
5 out of 5
December 7, 2017
It may be good idea to give patient a check list by day / time of RX and over the counter medications. A little hard to track multiples over a weeks time.
4.3 out of 5
December 1, 2017
Doctor did a GREAT job, was very happy how he used the talent of his training, hands, and brain to do such deleicate procedure.
5 out of 5
November 17, 2017
I hope if I need any future treatment I can request Dr. Royal
5 out of 5
August 16, 2017
Excellent care from Dentist!!
0.7 out of 5
May 30, 2017
There was no treatment plan established. I was offered a root canal or to deal with the pain. A root canal will not fix cracked and physically damaged teeth. One of the teeth already had a root canal and it did not help. I was made to feel as though my chronic pain was the cause. I am not a type A personality or someone that complains, I am not a drug seeker or an uneducated person. I have legitimate pain and felt I wasted my visit.
4.9 out of 5
April 29, 2017
I have seen Dr. Royal twice for two different root canals and both times I feel he was superb. He was kind, caring, explained everything well and overall I had a really terrific experience and would definitely return if I needed such treatment again. Thank You for such quality care.
5 out of 5
March 27, 2017
Care during treatment and aftercare follow up calls were greatly appreciated
5 out of 5
January 23, 2017
He was honest with me in regards to treatment.