Dr. Sunil Thanik comes from a family of dentists - both his father and grandfather were dentists. That probably explains why he has been a fan of dentistry since he was a kid. In his mind, dentistry is the perfect field in which science and people come together.
During dental school, he was fascinated by the connection between whole body health and gum disease. For this reason, he considered specializing in Periodontology. When he learned that periodontists often build long-lasting relationships with their patients, he knew it was the right path for him.
When you first meet Dr. Thanik, you'll immediately notice his warmth and compassion. You'll also be happy to learn that he has a great sense of humor! If you listen closely you may still hear bits of an accent. Dr. Thanik was born and raised in Canada.
Dr. Thanik's experience with complex dental issues helps to give his patients as many treatment choices as possible. He strives to be as conservative as possible, while still providing effective options that obtain the best esthetic and functional results. Patients are often surprised at the level of comfort they feel before, during and after treatment.
Don’t be surprised when you receive a personal phone call from Dr. Thanik 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). Together, they have three lovely teens – Rajan, Dhilan, and Asha.
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.”
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.
As a volunteer at OHSU, Dr. Thanik has taught both the undergraduate and graduate dental students. He is also a current associate clinical instructor in the graduate periodontal program. Since the day he graduated dental school, he has been asked to become an instructor. Teaching is something he truly enjoys, and considers it his way of giving back to the industry that has taught him so much.