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Laser Periodontal Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants
Manhattan Office
New Jersey Office
Lincoln Towers, 170 West End Ave., 1L, New York, NY 10023
Entrance at 69th & Amsterdam
595 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite #7
Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey 07677

About Dr. Eric Linden

Dr. Eric Linden: An Innovator and Teacher of Laser Dentistry.

Dr. Eric Linden is a Periodontist with 30 years’ experience in periodontal and implant specialty practice. He is a Clinical Professor of Periodontics and Implantology at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (more). He was the first periodontist to perform Laser Periodontal Surgery (LANAP) in New York City and New Jersey, and is respected by his colleagues as a pioneer in laser periodontics. He also specializes in bone regeneration, dental implants, and biostimulation. When necessary, he employs traditional periodontics. Dr. Linden is often requested to review research, clinical papers, case reports, and manuscripts for publication in the “International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry


Dr. Linden is one of the first periodontists in the world to use four types of lasers. Each of has a specific application in the treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis. Dr. Linden uses whichever is most appropriate for each case:

  • ND/YAG, the kind used in LANAP™ & LAPIP
  • Erbium laser
  • CO2 laser
  • Diode laser

See full story.

Thanks, in part, to Dr. Linden’s efforts to popularize the laser and instruct others in its use, more and more dental professionals are acquiring and using the technology. There are nearly 1,800 doctors in the world qualified to use the Nd/YAG (neodymium-doped:yttrium, aluminum, and garnet) laser for the advanced treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implant disease. But Dr. Linden is among only 29 officially certified by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry to train and teach other dental professionals in its use.


He has now helped thousands of patients, treating gum disease, performing tooth extractions, implants, and other periodontal procedures with various dental lasers.


Most periodontists still treat advanced gum disease with traditional surgery… read more..

American Academy of PeriodontologyLove the Gums You're With
Academy of Laser Dentistry Member

Dr. Eric Linden’s Publications & Lectures

Recent Publications


Journal of the American Dental Association Logo

The July issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association has published a letter by Dr. Eric Linden in response to a controversal article regarding laser periodontal therapy. To read the full text of Dr. Linden’s letter, click the image below:


Dr. Linden's Article Listing


Recent Lectures

North Shore Long Island Dentists’ Study Group

September 30, 2015
Dr Linden presented a lecture on “Advances in Laser Periodontal and Implant Therapy” to 50 full time practicing dentists.

Florida Association of Periodontists Meeting

Orlando, Florida
August 14, 2015
Dr. Linden spoke as a guest expert on lasers in periodontal therapy.

Columbia University International Laser Symposium

New York City
December 11, 2014
Laser Physics, and Laser Periodontal Surgery Using Multiple Wavelength Lasers to Treat Periodontal Disease and Failing Dental Implants
Dr. Linden lectured to a group of periodontists and dentists from Japan. This lecture was part of the International Tarnow Symposium. Translation from English to Japanese was provided during the lecture. These doctors traveled from Japan to hear Dr. Linden speak on lasers. Dr. Linden was invited to Japan to give follow-up lectures for the Japanese Dental Society.

Greater New York Dental Meeting

Javits Convention Center
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Laser Periodontal and Implant Surgery …Choices?
Dr. Linden discussed the use of dental lasers for the treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis. He described the indications and contraindications of each of the popular dental lasers and their mechanism of action. A brief review of laser physics and absorption concepts was also presented. Clinical cases were shown to demonstrate the effectiveness and safety of laser periodontal and implant disease therapy.

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine – Continuing Education Course

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
“Dental Lasers: What wavelengths are right for your practice?”

The most common dental laser wavelengths were discussed in detail. Original clinical cases were presented to show how laser therapy can be utilized for the treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implantits.

New York City College of Technology

Brooklyn NY
October 28th 2014
“Lasers in Periodontics and Dental Implants…Where Are We Today?”
Over 125 attendees, including hygiene students, alumni, and faculty of the NYC Tech Dental Hygiene program.

Columbia College of Dentistry, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Division of Periodontics and Oral Medicine

New York City
May 13, 2013
“Periodontal Laser Surgery-Overview and Latest Innovations”
Dr. Linden showed residents and faculty the latest techniques utilized in Periodontal Laser Surgery. Many of these new techniques will be published in the coming year.

Greater New York Dental Meeting

Javits Convention Center
November 25th, 2012, 10am-12 noon
“Innovations in Laser Periodontal Therapy”
Dr. Linden’s lecture was well attended by dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, medical professionals and others. This year, his audience included a number of dentists from outside the US who showed strong interest in his work.

Dr. Eric Linden Appointed as Assistant Clinical Professor in Dental Medicine at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Dr. Linden’s appointment is within the Section of Oral and Diagnostic Sciences, Division of Periodontics. He taught a course entitled “Lasers in Dentistry”. Over 50 doctors, Columbia faculty, periodontal residents, and dental hygienists attended. Dr. Linden will be continuing his teaching and research opportunities at Columbia University in the months ahead.
Friday, September 21, 2012
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
“Lasers in Dentistry”

New York University College of Dentistry

Monday June 4th, 2012
“Advances in Laser Periodontal Surgery using a ND/YAG Laser”
45 faculty and residents attended.

St. Barnabas Hospital and Medical Center

March 13th, 2012
“Innovations in Laser Periodontal Surgery”
Over 30 residents, doctors and staff attended.

Greater New York Dental Meeting

Laser Periodontal Surgery With The ND:YAG Laser” <–Click on title to hear audio of talk.
Jacob Javitz Convention Center
New York
November 30th, 2011

Boston University Alumni Club of New York

March 23rd, 2011
“Advances in Laser Periodontal Therapy”
Attended by over 50 dentists from the greater New York area.

Earlier Lectures

Breaking News

Dr. Eric Linden to Give Major AAP Presentation

The Continuing Education Committee of the American Academy of Periodontology chose Dr. Eric Linden from a large pool of applicants to be a presenter in the Innovations in Periodontics Program at the AAP’s international meeting in Orlando, Florida on 11/17/2015. Dr. Linden’s presentation will be entitled “Closed Flapless Approach in Treating Peri-Implantits/Mucositis utilizing Different Wavelength Lasers”.
Dr. Eric Linden is one of five doctors selected to serve on the American Academy of Periodontology’s (AAP) “Oversight Committee on Peri-Implantitis” for 2014-15. The AAP has over 8,000 members world wide. This leadership position will have a significant impact on the world-wide standards for the treatment of failing implants and periodontal disease.

Upcoming Lectures and Courses

American Academy of Periodontology Annual Meeting, November 17, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Innovations in Periodontics program talk entitled “Closed Flapless Approach in Treating Peri-Implantits/Mucositis utilizing Different Wavelength Lasers”.

Training Other Professionals

Dr. Linden with Millenium Dental students

Dr. Linden regularly visits Los Angeles, California where he teaches the principles of Laser physics, Laser Periodontal Surgery, and Practice Management to a group of esteemed dentists from Japan, Australia, and the US. (photo above) Continued…


Laser Periodontics Bootcamp Buffalo


Dr. Linden teaches residents and doctors from around the world who want to be certified to use laser technology. Dr. Linden was recently part of a team of doctors conducting the first laser certification training for dentists in Buffalo, New York. (photo above)


LAPIP – “Laser Assisted Peri-implantitis Protocol”

Failing dental implants are a common problem world-wide. No procedure has exhibited success with bone regeneration and reversal of bone loss around implants. Until now. Read more…

State-of-the-Art Procedures

Dr. Linden uses the latest and most innovative diagnostic and therapeutic procedures:

  • Laser Periodontal Therapy (LANAP) and Laser Peri-Implantitis Protocol (LAPIP). Dr. Linden is an innovator and acknowledged expert in the use of these highly effective FDA cleared protocols.
  • DNA and HPV testing to help determine the state of patients’ periodontal health, as well as detect any possible genetic proclivity toward periodontal disease. This testing also checks for the HPV virus. The DNA sample is obtained by rubbing a cotton swab on the inside of the cheek. Analysis is conducted by Oral DNA Labs.
  • The world’s highest quality dental implants, manufactured by Nobel Biocare, BIOMET 3i, and NEOSS. Click here to see animated videos of various implant applications.
  • Digital x rays. This superior technology, using equipment from Dexis Diagnostic Imaging, offers numerous benefits to the patient, including reduced exposure to radiation, less waiting time, shorter appointments, involvement in co-diagnosis, and better understanding of treatment.
  • Enhanced Cosmetic Gum Preservation Therapy – new conservative and non invasive techniques to preserve and maintain an aesthetic smile.

What is LANAP?

LANAP is an acronym for “Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure”.

Traditionally, moderate to advanced periodontitis, or gum disease, was treated with surgery involving cutting, stitching, and significant recovery time. This invasive approach was often painful, and was contraindicated for patients taking medications such as blood thinners, certain cardiac medications, and other systemic medications. Although traditional procedures have been successful, LANAP is

  • less invasive
  • more conservative
  • more predictable
  • state-of-the-art
  • not painful, with no cutting, stitching, or bleeding
  • superior to traditional techniques in promoting bone regeneration

It should be made clear that LANAP does not emit ionizing radiation, as do x-rays. We have treated pregnant patients with lasers safely for many years without any issues. To make the point perfectly clear, we administer the laser treatment without any lead shielding, as there is no harmful radiation whatsoever.

More about LANAP.

LANAP/Laser Surgery Videos

New Jersey TV NEWSChannel 12 recently taped a medical segment with Dr. Linden, including video of him performing LANAP on a live patient, and an interview discussing laser treatment, gum disease, and its systemic connections, causes, treatment, etc.

LANAP/Laser Surgery Animation

Healthy Mouth, Healthy You

There are more bacteria living in your mouth than there are people living on earth. The video below
illustrates on a microscopic level why good oral care can affect not only your mouth, but your overall health.


Excellent video explaining the LANAP protocol and the benefits of laser periodontal surgery.

Recent Periodontal News

Important Video: Whoopi Goldberg talks about Gum Disease
October 6, 2015- 14 mistakes you're making with your teeth
October 1, 2015- Preventing trench mouth promotes good health
September 28, 2015- What's causing those white spots in your mouth and throat?
September 27, 2015- 5 Things You Didn't Know About Cavities
September 27, 2015- Biomimetic dental prosthesis
September 24, 2015- Bacterial Link Between Heart Disease and Gum Disease Clarified
September 28, 2015- Burning Mouth Syndrome Is Real, But We Don’t Know Why
September 16, 2015- 8 ways to save on dental care costs
September 18, 2015- Dental diseases cost billions of dollars a year worldwide
September 18, 2015- Stress in pregnancy may raise risk for dental caries in offspring
September 16, 2015- Silica particles could help repair damage to teeth
September 10, 2015- Are You Brushing Your Teeth Too Often?
September 15, 2015- Smoking May Put You at Higher Tooth Loss Risk: Study
September 14, 2015- Scientists uncover bacterial mechanism that links gum disease to heart disease
September 4, 2015- Healthy heart tip #4 – Brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent a heart attack
September 1, 2015 - Soft drinks: Hard on the body
September 2, 2015- Blueberry extract could help fight gum disease and reduce antibiotic use
August 26, 2015- How to take care of your teeth and gums
August 31, 2015- 7 Things Your Saliva Says About Your Health
August 31, 2015- The Evolution of Dental Implants
August 20, 2015- Protocol for gingivitis patients: Due to a lack of insurance codes, are we taking shortcuts with gingivitis?
August 19, 2015- 10 Dental Hygiene Mistakes You're Probably Making And How To Fix Them, Because Your Pearly Whites Should Stay That Way
August 20, 2015- Oral care and its connection to pancreatic cancer
August 19, 2015- Localized aggressive periodontitis: All-On-4 oral rehabilitation case report
August 15, 2015- Study Review Yields Doubt on Fluoridated Water’s Effectiveness
August 5, 2015- Why Do I Have Bad Breath? 7 Causes of Halitosis, Explained
August 13, 2015- 8 Things Your Mouth Reveals About Your Health
August 5, 2015- New study shows dental treatment during pregnancy is safe
August 3, 2015- How diabetes affects your oral health
July 31, 2015- Two Floss Alternatives for Thread Haters
July 30, 2015- Oral Hygiene: 10 Ways You're Ruining Your Teeth
July 22, 2015- A Killer Toothache: How U.S. Dental Care Became a National Emergency
July 23, 2015- Teeth reveal lifetime exposures to metals, toxins
July 28, 2015- Study: Poor Oral Hygiene Habits May Increase Hypertension Risk
More Peridontal News

Dr. Linden has been nothing short of miraculous in his care of my family.

My family and I have been patients of Dr. Eric Linden for 30 years. During that time he has treated us for varying stages of gum disease, from simple to complex, routine checkups, and emergencies. He .....read more


Dr. Linden is the best periodontist I have ever gone to.

Dr. Linden is the best periodontist I have ever gone to. I was sent to him to confirm my dentist's evaluation that two teeth needed to be removed. Instead of pulling the teeth, Dr. Linden used laser t.....read more


If you are a serious chicken when it comes to dental care this is the doctor for you!

If you are a serious chicken when it comes to dental care this is the doctor for you! I learned that I had periodontal disease almost two years ago and I was advised that I needed surgery. When I.....read more


I drive 140 miles each way to see Dr. Linden

I was treated by Dr. Linden for a mild case of periodontal disease. I did not want to have the routine procedure of treating my gum disease by cutting the gums and damaging healthy tissue. I w.....read more



Ask a Question
Recent Q&A's :

Based on my limited understanding, flap surgery seems to be a more invasive version of scaling and root planing. In other words, flap surgery seems to include deep cleaning and more besides. If this is really the case, then why would a dentist recommend BOTH scaling and root planing AND flap surgery? Also, when is flap surgery indicated? Many thanks in advance!
We try to avoid flap surgery and use laser therapy when possible. There are a few situations where a scaling alone would be beneficial. However, Continue..

How long after a gum graft surgery should I wait before kissing?
The answer might vary according to the situation. You should consult with your periodontist who did the procedure. Continue..

Since January 2015 I have had a sharp pain in my left lower jaw and a burning in my mouth. I was seen by my dentist, ENT doctor, neurologist and internal doctor. Nobody was able to find the reason. Do you think I might have a gum disease?
It’s possible, but I couldn’t say for sure without examining you. I suggest you consult with a laser-trained periodontist. Continue..

Hi Dr. Linden,

I recently had regular (non laser) AlloDerm grafts on 5 lower front teeth. I wasn't aware that apparently prior to doing the grafts they remove some of the healthy gum tissue. Unfortunately, now the gums on the two lower front teeth are lower than they were before and there's scarring around the gum line. The periodontist wanted to redo those two front teeth for more coverage but I'm afraid it will just make it look worse. Does laser gum surgery ever cause scarring? If I were to have that area retouched would it be better to try laser surgery rather than risk having it look worse? My regular dentist advised me that the scarring might be permanent but prescribed Clobetasol gel to see if it would help with inflammation.


Lasers are not the primary tools for AlloDerm or gingival grafting. Lasers are used as an adjunctive during the grafting procedure. If the origin Continue..

What are the causes for gum irritation and pain? Patient suffers from gingivitis and oral decay on lower jaw. Sensations originating from molar region on the left area.
There are many reasons (too numerous to list here) that can cause gum irritation and pain. It would be advisable to see an experienced laser-trai Continue..

I am getting a bone block graft and I am wondering if a future pregnancy would affect the outcome of the bone build up? Are there any steps to ensure that a future pregnancy would not compromise the graft and implant site?
Although the research has not shown any negative association between bone grafts and pregnancy, I would suggest completing all work at least 3-6 Continue..

I just had a gum graft on my front lower teeth three days ago. I have a pretty severe over bite and notice that when I bite down, my top teeth bump into my lower gums. How can I prevent this and will this prevent my gum graft from being successful? I am still eating only soft foods (mashed potatoes, mashed avocado, soft tofu).
I would follow up with the Periodontist who performed the gum graft procedure and inform him/her about this issue. It would not be advisable to h Continue..

My dentist informs me I'm a candidate for this procedure. Once the surgery is performed, how long do the regenerated gums stay that way before another procedure is needed? Thank you.
If you are referring to the LANAP procedure, generally, it would be a one-time laser surgery with multiple follow up visits. Continue..

Hi Dr. Linden--I just went to a periodontist for the first time and was told that I have 2-3 mm of bone loss throughout my upper and lower jaws and associated gum recession. He also told me that I am not a candidate for bone or gum grafting because the bone loss and gum recession are relatively even throughout my whole mouth and there are therefore not "attachment points" for grafts. I haven't seen this discussed online and have read a number of forums where dentists advise that anyone in good health can get grafts. Can you comment generally on the feasibility of gum or bone grafts for people who have widespread recession--not just recession in one area of the mouth? Thanks!
This answer is complicated for the average patient to understand. Each patient has to be evaluated based on clinical measurements of the gum heig Continue..

What does laser gum surgery do that a deep cleaning won't do? I have a gum pocket of 8 and would prefer doing a deep cleaning if at all possible due to the high cost of laser surgery. Needless to say, my dentist did not do a good job of explaining this to me.
This is a very significant question that requires a long explanation…however for purposes of this forum, generally if you have a pocket of 8mm or Continue..

How soon after the LANAP surgery can you get your teeth whitened?
Generally, 3 months at the earliest if your healing, oral hygiene, occlusion and general progress are satisfactory. Ultimately, the decision shou Continue..

What is the worst case scenario if the bone is disappearing between teeth 8 and 9?
Why wait for the bone to disappear? Investigate your options to save your teeth! I strongly suggest a consultation with an experienced and reputa Continue..

What is the logic behind abstaining from dairy products for 48 to 72 hours after tooth extraction and bone grafting?
None, unless you are taking antibiotics in the tetracycline/doxycycline family. It is suggested that you LIMIT your intake of dairy products not Continue..

I underwent laser gum surgery. But I didn't close my eyes during the treatment. Could this have harmed my eyes? Please answer and help in this regard.
You should always have laser glasses on when having laser gum treatment. Did you have glasses on during the procedure? If so…no issues. What type Continue..

I’m experiencing chronic gum inflammation with no resolution. I’m currently undergoing testing to find the root cause. My major medical influence was chemo for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has been in remission for three years. Six months following the chemo, I began experiencing gum redness. I have been to a periodontist for regular cleaning. Recently my gum recession and pain became exacerbated. I need help. I am a native of New York with insurance from FDNY. My husband was affected from 9/11 and we needed to relocate to Florida. I will come to NY for treatment. I need the best person with gum disease issues. I don’t want to lose my teeth and I’m tired of discomfort and pain. Please can you help me find answers?
We would like to help you but need a lot more information and it might easier if you call the office and speak to our staff. We utilize a number Continue..

Can I go to swimming if I have a pulpitis?
I would check with your endodontist and see what they say regarding exercise and swimming.

Hi Dr.Linden
If someone has very loose teeth, can he still receive LANAP treatment since we know the procedure requires laser cut out diseased tissue around the teeth, wouldn't it be too dangerous if we treat loose teeth that's already lost too much gum tissue? Also, if there were gum recession presenting before LANAP, how could we fix gum recession after LANAP? Can we preform pinhole technique after LANAP or we need to wait until the healing process complete?


Q: Hi Dr. Linden. If someone has very loose teeth, can he still receive LANAP treatment? Since we know the procedure involves the laser cutting o Continue..

I had osseous laser surgery on many teeth one month ago. I’m healing well, but a cavity I had prior to this surgery is hurting. How soon after surgery can this cavity be filled? Thank you.
We always recommend any cavities (caries control) be taken care of as soon as possible. So if you are in pain we would recommend getting out of p Continue..