Meet the Doctor

Periodontist inTigard, OR

Progressive Periodontics, Dr. Sunil Thanik

Sunil thanik

dmd, msd

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! Dr. Thanik was born and raised in Canada – if you listen closely, you may still hear bits of an accent. 




Education and Experience

  • 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.”

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, 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.

About the Practice

Progressive Periodontics is a specialty periodontal practice. The modern-designed practice is located off of the Haines I-5 exit in Tigard, Oregon.

The practice is one of the few in Portland to offer intravenous (IV) sedation. It is the first periodontal office in Portland, and the second in the entire Northwest to offer state of the art laser periodontal surgery and LANAP. 3-D CT scans and implant guided surgery are utilized for the safest, most predictable treatment.

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