Meet Dr. Thanik

Dr. Sunil Thanik has always liked dentistry, even as a child.  It was all he ever wanted to do.  Inspired by his father, uncle, and grandfather (all dentists), he saw dentistry as a perfect field where science and people come together. During dental school, he became fascinated by the significant connection between whole body health and gum disease, so he considered a specialty in Periodontology. When he realized that periodontists develop the longest and deepest relationships with their patients – that sealed the deal. Dr. Thanik chose his path as a periodontist to follow his new passion.

When you first meet Dr. Thanik, it’s his friendly warmth, humor, honesty, compassion, and the ability to really listen that you’ll notice the most. If you listen closely you may still hear bits of an accent (that comes from being born and raised in Canada).  Sharing his knowledge and excitement about oral health is second nature, and you’ll soon be understanding more about your own health than you ever thought possible. His experience with complex dental issues and options for treatment help to give you as many choices as possible, all geared towards giving you excellent results for a wide range of periodontal, implant and restorative dental care.

Dr. Thanik cares for his patients - providing prevention and treatment for gum disease, dental implants for missing teeth, extractions, and bone/gum tissue grafting. He strives to be as conservative as possible, yet effective to obtain the best aesthetic and functional results. Patients are completely amazed with the overall level of comfort they feel during and after treatment. And don’t be surprised to receive a personal phone call from him after your appointment – it's part of his commitment to your continued comfort and satisfaction.

A huge fan of basketball and soccer, Dr. Thanik roots for the Portland Trailblazers and the Portland Timbers.  He is married to his wife, Gita (also a dentist), and they have three lovely teens – Rajan, Dhilan, and Asha.


  • Doctorate of Dental Medicine
    Tufts University - School of Dental Medicine
  • General Practice Residency
    Yale University - St. Mary's Hospital
  • Specialty Training Certificate: Periodontics
    Case Western University - School of Dental Medicine
  • Master of Science Degree
    Case Western University - School of Dental Medicine

Continuing Education

To keep up with the constant evolution of new scientific and translational research, including minimally invasive treatment protocols, Dr. Thanik “truly enjoys critically analyzing new findings and adopting them into daily clinical practice to serve my patients better.”

For example, his knowledge of the mouth-body connection supports you in achieving a higher level of health that not only impacts your mouth, but also your overall state of health and well being.

He attends many continuing education courses, well above what is required by state licensing boards. He stays abreast of the latest developments in dentistry, periodontics, and implant dentistry. He has also completed all necessary courses for complete laser periodontal surgery and is currently a certified instructor, allowing him to teach the technique to other surgeons.

Volunteer Work

As a volunteer at OHSU, I have taught both the undergraduate and graduate dental students. I am also a current associate clinical instructor in the graduate periodontal program. Since the day I graduated dental school, I have been asked to become an instructor. Teaching is something I truly enjoy, and it is my way of giving back to the profession that has taught me so many things.

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