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Dr. Tariq Riyal is a lifelong Chicagoan with a dedication to serving the communities he grew up in. Growing up to working class parents, his family did not have the luxury of dental insurance and struggled to find a dentist that could adequately address all of their needs. It was this childhood experience that led Dr. Riyal towards the field of dentistry with the hopes of one day being able to provide high-quality, affordable dentistry to anyone who needs it. Dr. Riyal graduated from the acclaimed University of Chicago, College of Dentistry with a Doctorate in Dental Surgery. He has carried out his mission of quality, affordable dentistry throughout dental school and his career. As a student, he was the president of UIC's American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), which worked tirelessly to bring free dental care to the homeless and low-income areas. Dr. Riyal has also participated in extensive training for Oral Surgery, Pediatric Care, and working with special needs patients. An active member of the ADA, ISDS, CDS, AGD, and AAPHD, Dr. Riyal is dedicated to staying at the forefront of the dental field and being among the industry's leaders.
Verified Patient Reviews
Dr. Royal and his staff are professional and caring. Very relatable and kind!
Excellent as always. Professional and comforting dental care.
Dr. Riyal and his staff are wonderful. Very professional, friendly, and thorough.
Always enjoyed my visits. Everyone is very nice and professional. They do a great job.
Best Dentist I've ever been to!
It was awesome. I would highly recommend.
I was extremely nervous coming to the clinic but Dr. Riyal and all the others working there were so kind and accepting of my feelings. They made me feel so comfortable and Dr. Riyal explained everything to me very clearly. An absolute wonderful doctor and staff. Highly recommended!
Everyone is really great - from the moment you walk in until the time you leave you know you are in great hands with him and his staff!!!!!! I'm so glad to have him as my dentist
My appointment was at 5pm. I arrived at 4:05pm and was seen right away. All my questions was answered and I was out the door at the time my appointment was supposed to start.
Dr. Riyal and his team are amazing! They are all very friendly and personable. The office is very clean and in a convenient location with ample street parking.
Appointments here are seamless, always on time, and always feeling welcomed. Entire staff from check in to the doc are super.
Dr. Tariq Riyal and his staff are always professional and concerned with my needs. They make me feel so comfortable and at ease!
Dr. Riyal is my favorite dentist. I've been seeing him for regular cleanings for a few years now and I'm grateful to find THE ONE. :P
Always professional and extremely trustworthy. The dental hygenist was so kind and informative, I always feel so reassured that I'm getting the best quality care.
I was very impressed with my first visit to Tariq Riyal DDS. First of all, I was able to check in and complete my paperwork online while en route to the appointment, love the efficiency! When I arrived the staff was friendly and polite, quickly ushered me back to get X-rays, and even encouraged me to choose something to watch on Netflix while I waited. Everyone I encountered was polite, knowledgable, and had great bed side manner. Treatment options were explained in great depth but in a way that was easy to follow and understand. I will definitely be back and will recommend Tariq Riyal DDS to friends and family.
Best dentist I've ever had.
So incredibly helpful and kind! He walked me through the process, explaining what he was looking at, what he should be seeing, and what he was doing, all without sounding condescending at all. He was truly kind and caring, and I really enjoyed my visit.
Most pleasant experience I've ever had at the dentist. Dr. Riyal was helpful and informative. His staff was great. And the care was excellent and affordable.
He is a great, friendly professional. I am having quite a lot of extensive work done, and he explained every detail and could really tell he cares about what he is doing.
Great experience for a 2 year old child! Fantastic doctor! We couldn't have asked for more!!!! Excellent! Highly recommend it!
My visit exceeded all expectations. Dr. Riyal is very professional and personable. He took time to explain treatment for myself and my 2 teenage children better than any other dentist I have ever seen. We all had excellent care. The staff are all very professional and kind. The front office staff and all assistants sincerely like working there because their bosses treat them well (I asked). I enthusiastically recommend Mizwak to all my friends ant coworkers.
I don't know in my lifetime, if I've ever had a better dentist. This guy is smart, efficient and just an overall good guy.
The office was very neat and organized and I was acknowledged the moment I walked in and was in the back in no time. Everyone's so friendly and the Netflix touch really made it feel like home. I have no complaints and not a bad remark on my first visit and will be returning for my next check-up!
Dr. Riyal and his team were wonderful! They were all so friendly and professional. Highly recommend this practice for anyone in the area.
I always enjoy my visit to the Miswak office as everyone is so pleasant and personable.
Everyone was so helpful and warm.. I'm 38 years old and finally found I place that I absolutely love and feel so comfortable. Everyone was so informative..and the dentist took his time to explain everything to me..and is as excited as I am for an upcoming inplant.. I can't wait for my next appointment.
Dr. Riyal was friendly and patient. He explains things as many times as the patient requests.
Dr. Riyal is amazing!!! He has completely transformed my smile, & I can truly say I look forward to my visits! Special shout out to Shauna, the bubbly, sweet, & extremely knowledgeable hygienist!
Seriously, if you live nearby this is a no-brainier. Dr. Riyal is the best dentist I have had in years in Chicago -- I dread going to the dentist but every time I see Dr. Riyal, I am reminded that the dentist isn't so bad that's just how great he is!!
Efficient. Professional. Personable. Great experience.
Very awesome! Broke down everything with my insurance and made everything easy to understand! Highly recommended
I felt very comfortable, since I have always been afraid of the dentist. He was very nice and explained my xrays to me. everyone in the office was very nice.
Very positive experience!
From the moment I walked in the door I was in excellent care. Throughout each stage of the visit (even including billing) each person that worked with me introduced themselves, explained their role, their procedure, equipment, and recommendations. Each individual was super friendly and helpful and made sure I was comfortable (you get to watch Netflix!) and informed on everything. Rarely would I say a dentist visit is necessarily a good experience -- however, Mikwak, Dr. Riyal and his team are excellent! I've found my new dentist!
Everyone was very friendly. They had Netflix in the room, so I chose a show to watch while my x rays and cleaning were done. The doctor patiently answered my questions and explained additional services that I was interested in. I feel that the care and service were excellent.
I had a xrays, exam, cleaning, and evaluation for getting an implant. Highly recommended with a small 'but.' Dentist did not try to pressure me into random useless procedures. However, I was not offered a choice between types of fillings. They just gave me a quote for composites which blend in with your teeth color but are more expensive and less durable than amalgam. Both dentist and hygenist were very friendly and answered all questions well. I didn't feel rushed. You also get to watch Netflix show of your choice during your x-rays and cleaning which is a nice touch. Front desk staff was also very nice and moved things quickly. You can check in and fill out all your info on the zocdoc app before you get there which was nice. I was maybe waiting for 10 minutes before i got in to start x-rays. Waiting area and everywhere else were clean and tidy.
I wish I would have gone to Dr. Riyal sooner! The hygenist was fantastic as well!
Very honest and up front. Not aggressive with his treatment plan which was nice for a change. He actually was keeping my budget in mind.
Dr Riyal is always "no-nonsense." He and his staff are very efficient, thorough, and direct... which I appreciate! The office is very nice with modern equipment and friendly staff. I rarely have to wait for my appointment. They are also super helpful with insurance and scheduling.
Very professional and informative. Was very soft spoken and had a gentle touch. Friendly staff and everyone took time to explain what they were doing to set your mind at ease. Highly recommend Dr. Riyal.
Everyone was super friendly and nice. They are fairly thorough with the X-rays and explaining everything. I'm glad I picked them!
Amazing staff. Very friendly!
Everyone was so nice. They didn't make me wait. They were so thorough with everything and made sure I knew how my insurance factored in before they did anything. There was also two young kids in their screaming their heads off (not that I blamed them- who likes the dentist!?) And the staff was very sweet to them and they left not crying. Overall from when you're checked in to when you're checked out this place is really great.
Best dental experience ever!!!
He's always pleasant and smiling. I love this dentist. And All THE Assistants Also. Recommended This Office highly
Quick and easy. Had two cavities filled in less than an hour with no more pain than a novocain shot.
As always he was amazing. I hate the dentist and he makes me feel at ease. Never judges my lack of flossing and doesn't pressure me.
So kind. Really good. I was in a hurry and they got me in and out. Love them
Dr. Riyal was terrific - not only was he the friendliest dentist I've seen, but he also shows you, explains to you, and outlines what he is going to do and why he is going to do it. After a previous bad experience at a dentist, this was extremely welcomed. As previous reviews have mentioned, the entire staff is very friendly and they truly care about you as a patient. I highly recommend!
I'm extremely grateful to finally meet a dental professional- everything about my experience was courteous and very informative- I feel like after 20 years of searching for a dental professional that I can make right choices with, Tariq Riyal is him! I am so impressed with his professional approach, and also his entire staff. This dental office is amazing!
Dr. Riyal and his staff are great. I take my children there as well and we are able to get all of our cleanings in one appointment. My kids love going to the dentist. I don't love going to the dentist but Dr. Riyal and his staff make it bearable for me.
It may have been the best possible dentist experience. Everyone was incredibly friendly, the office was clean and comfortable, the dentist was informative and thorough, and you get to watch whatever you want on Netflix for your short waits between x-rays and cleanings and all that.
Dr. Riyal makes going to the dentist a breeze, I do not dread going! The atmosphere is calm and relaxing and the service from reception to hygienist to dentist is superb. I will certainly recommend others to Miswak!
Dr. Riyal is the best dentist I have ever visited! Not only does he have amazingly friendly staff, but he is also encredibly compassionate and fun. He goes out of his way to make sure you are comfortable and that you understand any procedure that he may be performing. His entire staff is very knowledgable. I actually enjoy going to the dentist now!
Dr. Riyal was great. Shauna, the tech that cleaned my teeth, was great. My only issue is the fact that I made an appointment for 7:30pm two weeks out. I got a call two days before the appointment asking me to move to 7pm and to be at the appointment 20 minutes early. So, cut out of work early and got to the appointment at 6:40... only to sit there until 7:45 to be seen. That was weird. Otherwise, the dentist was wonderful, my cleaning was great, my filling isn't bugging me today... Pretty good!
Best dentist i have seen in years!!!!!!!
I have been using this dental office for the past few years now and they are AWESOME! I highly recommend them :)
One off the best dentist visits I have ever had, the dentist took the time to sit with me and to go through my xrays in some detail. I felt assured that the treatment I would be recommended was something that we both agreed with. A really great experience.
The wait time was a bit long, but to be expected after work hours this time of year. The staff is very knowledgable, friendly, and accommodating. They have awesome flexibility with scheduling, and pricing plans for those who need a little assistance. This is my 3rd visit with Dr Riyal; and I'll definitely be back.
I had not been in the dentist for years for fear of being judge and just from being traumatized from a previous horrible experience in the care of another dentist. However, Dentist Riyal and his staff made me feel as ease from the moment I walked into the office. I was well informed about the work I would need, the cost and reassured me I was in good hands. I got a comprehensive deep cleaning and was worried about the pain the next day, but to my surprise my gums and teeth were looking good and pain free. My son (8yrs old) and daughter (9yrs) also had their own check up for the first time with Dr. Riyal and they gave him and his staff ten stars. We truly appreciated the friendly, calm and professional environment at Miswak Dentistry. Highly recommended!
Always a pleasure! This is the best dentist I have ever been to.
I was very confortable and well attended. Very helpful on the process. The people are super cool I will def recommend this place and come back
Most comfortable visit to a dentist ever
Yet another wonderful visit as always. I went in for a root canal earlier today and 9hrs later. I am sitting at work doing just fine. This is why I love Mishawk and make my journey from the South-side to get my teeth treated. The staff is always friendly and the wait time is minimal. Thanks as always Dr. Riyal! See you around!
He could have been more warmer & he also could have apologized for the long wait.
Dr Riyal is always so friendly and knowledgeable. I really liked his new dental hygienist.
A great office visit with caring professionals at every stage. Everyone asked to make sure I was comfortable and explained the process as we went. I could have even watched Netflix while I was in the exam room.
Very professional and NOT afraid of children. Most of the dentists that I've taken my daughters to have always been frightened and of course, in turn, frighten them. My children love Dr Riyal.
Very friendly and helpful staff. The Doc was informative and kind. I will def be back!
Every time I go in, it seems they update or upgrade something in their offices for the better. Everyone is very friendly and the facility is very clean. They go well out of their way to make the patient feel at home.
Very professional and friendly staff from the front of the office to the back of the office. Dr. Riyal provided a thorough examination and explained my x-rays. He was very friendly and made me feel comfortable as a new patient. The whole crew made my trip an enjoyable one (which is weird, because who enjoys going to the dentist?). Not to mention, there are flat screens in the exam rooms and you can watch shows on Net-Flix...which does help to ease some of the anxiety of being in the dentist's chair. I would definitely recommend Dr. Riyal and his team! They also have weekend hours which is perfect for someone like me. Go check them out! You will be glad you did.
Very professional, comfortable, and quick. I left and got a nice goodie bag with several things. Easy to work with staff. Worth the drive.
A dentist office that I actually like! Sigh... Highlights of my appointment included a dentist chair that had a personal tv screen equipped with a free Netflix account, cinnamon-flavored teeth buffing gel, a modern tooth scraper that did not have a metal hook, and a shamefully less-exciting INCREDIBLY courteous, friendly, and professional staff.
I showed up early and they invited me to get started right away. They were very informative about all procedures that would take place and always made me aware of all options and made sure that I was comfortable. They even made room in the schedule to accommodate for an unforeseen procedure so that I would not have to make another appointment. Everyone was extremely professional and kind and treated me as an individual and not just another unknown patient. And the price was amazing!
He was really patient and checked on my comfort level frequently.
Dr Riyal and his staff were really nice and made my dentist visit very comfortable! One of the cavities I had was really deep and hurt a bit but he was very patient, asking me if I needed break and was doing ok. At no point did I feel rushed. I have been to Miswak 3 times now and this review has been long due. What I really like is that Dr Riyal is very patient and takes the time to explain -- both the problem as well as what he is going to do. The wait time vary and can reach 20-25 minutes. My husband works in downtown and was seeing another dentist near his office about his hurting wisdom tooth.The other dentist had told him that some cleaning and antibiotic dose is all that is needed without ever taking any x-ray or spending time examining the tooth area. Not satisfied with the rushed evaluation there, he decided to visit Dr Riyal. We both really appreciated Dr Riyal's evaluation and an honest explanation about what is the best way to approach the hurting and inflamed region around the wisdom tooth. What we really liked was that when asked about a quick fix, he told us that it could be done but that the pain would come back again in 2-3 months. He could have easily worked on it giving a quick fix, only for us to return again in 2 months but instead he took the time to do the x-rays and examining the area for a thorough diagnosis. After attending to the excruciating pain my husband was going through, Dr Riyal also referred us to a surgeon to get a consultation for the tooth's extraction. Again, he explained how a surgeon would be better equipped with the instruments to deal with the odd placement of my husband's tooth (almost 90 degrees to the jaw line). Very much appreciated by us! Visiting a dentist has never been so easy and satisfactory as the recent visits to Dr Riyal!
Professional, friendly, and great experience. I would definitely recommend his practice to friends and family.
I went for a free consultation.The doctor was generous with his time.He seemed to like being a dentist.I thought the doctor listened well,and was caring.I will use him in the future.Thank you.
Good stuff. Clean and modern office, pleasant staff, and you can watch Netflix while they stick things in your mouth. Dr Riyal is consultative and talks you through everything. Highly recommended.
The Doc was a nice guy who's knowledgeable and confident with his consultation. Look forward to continuing my dental relationship with him
Runs his practice like an efficient business but is kind and caring too.
As always. A Very pleasant visit. The staff at Dr. Riyal's office are even more friendly and professional to deal with. Looking forward to my next appointment.
I am so happy each time I visit doctor Riyal . I know he does all is needed and do try his best to avoid what's not required which hasn't been my experience most of the times with most of the dentists.
Staff was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I am very excited to have found a great dentist
Great affordable Dentist!
He was very kind, took the time to explain everything to me, and worked out a thorough plan. I greatly appreciated how friendly everyone in the office was.
It was great, explained everything so well, nice and friendly, did not try to oversell me, office is clean and well presentable. I'm so happy I finally found the perfect dentist!
I have a very high respect and confidence in Dr.Riyal's work himself. He is very good and despite most of the dentist that I've been to, he is so honest about what you really need and what you don't. If I was about to rate his assistants who do the finishing polishing work I would rate them as "Good" and not "Excellent" though. They seem not to be that much experienced. They are very very nice and friendly but I am talking about the work itself. Again I rate the Dr. Himself as Excellent but his Assistants as "Good" they still need to learn more.
Very comforting considering I'm terrified of the dentist. Plus you can watch netflix which was super awesome. Recommended by a friend and will reccomend to friends.
Great experience. Very friendly, prompt, and professional. The entire staff during my visit was extremely kind and helpful as well.
Like the place everytime I visit. Dr Tariq is good, staff are nice. They make you feel comfortable while performing the treatment. Also, there are bunch of entertainment options (TV, Netflix) on the chair to watch while the treatment is being done
I'm not from Illinois so I was extremely nervous about having to find a dentist here because of past issues. But this by far had to be THE BEST dental experience I've had since I was a kid! Over the years I had actually grown to be afraid to go to the dentist, Dr. Riyal and his staff has calmed those fears. He will definitely be my dentist as long as I'm a Chicago resident.
Dr Tariq Riyal is professional, fast, effective, courteous and thorough. I couldn't ask for more pleasing experience at the dentist!
This was the best visit to a dentists I have ever had. I will be recommending Dr Riyal to my friends. A truly 5 star operation. Thankyou again
A great dentist!!
Teeth cleaned and newly-discovered cavity filled all in one visit. Dr. Riyal has the best technology - you can watch Netflix while your teeth are being cleaned.
Very professional, friendly staff, and expertise treatment.
Very professional, reliable, expertise treatment.
Everyone in this office is such a pleasure to work with! I highly recommend this facility!
The best dental visit experience I have ever had. Even having to get 3 fillings, ( :
So far so good, he got me in earlier than my original appointment which was great since I had a badly broken tooth. He managed to save it and I look forward to the finished product a nice shiny crown.
Great experience, very efficient and down to earth. The whole staff was very friendly, helpful, and willing to explain everything. Nice, clean space. Highly recommended!!
Dr. Riyal was nice and made me feel comfortable. I will be back and I made an appointment for my children to see him.
Very professional! Dr. Riyal explained everything on my X-rays to me in detail. The office assistant reviewed the items my Insurance would cover as well as my responsibility. I was very impressed with my visit, and will return.
Outstanding dentist & office! Dr. Riyal is honest, kind, & very gentle. I had not been to the years, & my first visit was perfect. They squeezed me in at the last minute due to an emergency toothache, & I was able to watch Netflix during my root canal! I have already referred everyone I know to Miswak Dentistry because they are sincerely the best dental practice in Chicago :)
Amazing practice. Deffinently recommend to anyone seeking any type of dental advice or service. I traveled from far for this place and it is well worth it.
Another successful appointment and only for a cleaning today. Really do appreciate the friendly staff of Dr. Tariq Riyal and also his bedside manner. Even more excited that my teeth and gums are healthy and clean. Although I live on the Southside now, I will still make the journey across town to his office, because they are so great and professional.
It was a good experience. They fix my teeth up without trying to sell me unnecessary dental work like some dentists I've been to. The receptionist was very polite.
Professional and friendly environment
My appointment was great! Dr. Riyal was thorough in every regard. Got an x-ray and a cleaning, and I mean cleaning. Not a 5-minute scrub down that I've been accustomed to from other Dr's. I definitely found my regular dentist.
Great experience. He went through my xrays with me and explained what he was looking for. He and the staff were friendly and professional.
Tariq is wonderful doctor. Always engaging the patient as we go along. I was very surprised by how nice and friendly Dr. Tariq was and his staff. Very professional and educated about dentistry. This is a wonderful dental office and I will continue to support them for an future procedures.
Great dentist, clean professional office, highly recommended.
Dr. Tariq was great and made me feel very comfortable as I am very scared of dentist. He will be my dentist for a long time to come
It is unfair to all other dentists that he is this awesome... he was smart, he was quick, he was tentative... he showed me everything going on in the xrays explained addtl info to help with future dental efforts, then actually gave me a mirror to see what he was seeing during the consultation ( i have never even heard of this, but i liked it)... then to top it off while he was doing his work on my teeth, he constantly asked if i needed a break to rest my jaw, which i did not, because inbetween doing work he would tell me when i can close my mouth and rest (best 10 seconds) and when he needs me to reopen my mouth .... i always wondered why this can not be done by other dentists, i think they just do not care... he does!
I like him he was ever nice and did a good job.
First time in my life I visit the dentist and feel absolutely no pain.
Never in my life have I visited a dentist and felt no pain or even discomfort until I visited Dr. Riyal. I honestly felt as if his hands were magical, he extracted all 4 of my wisdom teeth and I felt nothing.