Dr. Sunil Thanik, DMD, MSD

About Me

I am originally from Windsor, Ontario, and have lived in the Portland area since 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.

Dr. Sunil Thanik, DMD, MSD

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

I attend many continuing education courses, well above what is required by state licensing boards, 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 becoming a certified instructor to teach this technique to other surgeons.

Volunteer Work

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