Dr. Sunil Thanik of Progressive Periodontics

Meet Dr. Thanik

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, I moved to the Portland area in 2000. My wife is a general dentist, and I have three children: two boys and a girl. Most of my free time away from the office is spent with my family.

I am passionate about the surgery and minimally invasive techniques I am able to provide to my patients. As a periodontal surgeon, I have stayed at the front of the newest advances in my field and am privileged to be the first specialty office to bring these surgical principles to the Portland area. I have high standards and I strive to achieve them everyday for my patients. It is a unique honor to be able to affect the lives of so many people in my community. I enjoy the responsibility and thrive off the challenges I encounter daily. It is nice to enjoy what you do, and I never take that for granted.

Gum problems can have a devastating effect, both physically and psychologically. Periodontal disease not only causes aesthetic concerns and the loss of a tooth, but it creates a great deal of concern for my patients. I strive to educate my patients on this disease, why it occurs, and what solutions we can offer to control it.

It is most rewarding to see a patient who, at the end of treatment, is satisfied with the care they received on both a medical and personal level.


  • 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

I attend many continuing education courses, well above what is required by state licensing boards. I try to stay abreast of the latest developments in dentistry, periodontics, and implant dentistry. I have completed all necessary courses for complete laser periodontal surgery and am currently a certified instructor, which allows me to teach this 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.