Laser Periodontal Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants
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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 29 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

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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 2,000 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 News

Dr. Eric Linden was recently appointed to be one of the few dental experts in the world on the advisory board of “Dentistry Today“, the nation’s “Leading Clinical News Magazine for Dentists”. Continued…


Dr. Eric Linden’s 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


Dr. Linden’s Recent Lectures

Columbia University International Laser Symposium

Columbia University
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
New York City
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, New York City

November 25th, 2012, 10am-12 noon

“Innovations in Laser Periodontal Therapy”

Over 45,000 people attended this conference. 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

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

NJ Health Professions Development Institute

River Edge, NJ
Wednesday February 29, 2012
“Laser Periodontal Surgery – New Advances”
3  CE credits
This well-attended 3-hour lecture was given to doctors and staff, including general dentists and periodontists.
Dr. Linden was invited to return for a full day course.

Earlier Lectures

Breaking News

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.
Dr. Linden Lectures to Japanese Dentists at Columbia University International Laser Symposium
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On December 11, 2014 at Columbia University in New York City, Dr. Linden lectured to a group of periodontists and dentists from Japan on the topic of “Laser Physics, and Laser Periodontal Surgery using multiple wavelength lasers to treat periodontal disease and failing dental implants”. 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.

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Upcoming Lectures and Courses

Academy of Laser Dentistry (ALD), February 7-9, Palm Springs, California: “SuperPulse 10,600 nm CO2 Laser-Assisted Soft Tissue Procedures in Periodontics”


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…


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…


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.

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

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
December 16, 2014- 5 Scary Health Conditions Your Dentist Can Spot
December 18, 2014- How risk assessments initiate cooperative response to oral-systemic disease
December 3, 2014- These 8 Foods or Drinks Damage Dental Health: Protect Your Teeth
November 28, 2014- Your Morning Breath, Explained: What Causes It And How You Can Treat It
December 1, 2014- Periodontal disease could decrease kidney function in African-Americans
November 3, 2014- Oral problems can cause certain pregnancy issues
October 27, 2014- Periodontal Disease: Do You Need Gum Graft Surgery?
November, 2014- Deciding Who Should Place Implants
October 21, 2014- Overcoming implant barriers
October 25, 2014- 5 reasons you smell bad (and fast fixes that can help)
October 22, 2014- 6 Facts About Aging Everyone Should Know -- But Doesn't
October 24, 2014- Romans had less gum disease than modern Britons
October 22, 2014- Proper dental care linked to reduced risk of respiratory infections in ICU patients
October 19, 2014- Should you slash your sugar intake to cut cavities?
October 20, 2014- Teeth grinding can cause headaches and damage, dental experts say
Oct 15, 2014 - Interview: ‘Oral implants have become a very mainstream approach’
October 20, 2014- Dental care ranks as a top concern for seniors
October 14, 2014- Genetic risk test for periodontal disease highlighted during ADA annual meeting
October 8, 2014- Beyond tooth decay: why good dental hygiene is important
October 10, 2014- Oral Hygiene: 6 Dental Care Myths That May Be Killing Your Pearly Whites
October 14, 2014- Oral health problems in elite athletes ‘must be addressed’
October 10, 2014- Combatting periodontal pathogens
October 02, 2014- Oral health too important to ignore
October 8, 2014- How Coffee Can Actually Protect Your Teeth
October 7, 2014- Top 10 Tips for Cleaner Teeth
October 2, 2014- Laser gum surgery helping with common dental disease
October 6, 2014- New Material may Upgrade Dental Implants
October 03, 2014- Sense of humor increases awareness of periodontal disease
September 30, 2014- The sixth most prevalent health condition in the world - severe periodontitis
September 25, 2014- Award-winning material set to reduce dental implant failure
September 25, 2014- Survey finds shortcomings in Americans’ dental health habits
September 25, 2014- Why Don't We Treat Teeth Like the Rest of Our Bodies?
September 22, 2014- CDC: Oral Health in Young Women Needs Improvment
September 21, 2014- Poor oral health costs communities in many ways
September 19, 2014- Seasonal Beverages With High Sugar Content Raise Tooth Decay Concerns
More Peridontal News

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


Dr. Linden has always been an exceptional clinician who also possesses great people skills.

I have known Dr. Eric Linden professionally for 29 years. Dr Linden has always been an exceptional clinician who also possesses great people skills. He practices his specialty - Laser Periodontic.....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


I recently flew 9,500 miles from my home in Thailand specifically to see Dr. Linden.

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Ask a Question
Recent Q&A's :

A couple of months into my orthodontic treatment I had a frenectomy done. Now I am 10 months into my treatment and my gap has fully closed but now I have a chunk of gum tissue lying over my teeth where the gap used to be. It moves around when I brush. I am not sure why I have this piece of excess gum tissue.
I'm afraid I can't help you with this without examining you. Perhaps you’d like to come in for a consultation? I suggest you go back to the sur Continue..

Can crown lengthening result in sprained tooth syndrome?
Medically, this condition is called "trauma from occlusion". Crown lengthening is not known to cause this. The tooth may be in trauma...meaning Continue..

I had an overcrowding problem on my bottom teeth as a kid before I got braces, so I had to get two bottom premolars removed. Everything looks great and I've had no problems. A dentist sent me to get all my wisdom teeth out and made a bad call by not looking at my file closely and seeing that I needed to leave my two bottom wisdom teeth in so they would come in to be beneath my top back molars, preventing super eruption. Since I was young I did not know to get a second opinion and now I am suffering with what to do. They have dropped some and I am sleeping in a splint to put pressure on them to keep them in as long as I can. I really want to get implants on the bottom to prevent it from happening any worse and shave down the part of the tooth on the top that has dropped some so they will be even with the rest. I am debating whether to get two implants on my bottom but I just read that laser tooth re growth may be a possibility for the near future and I am now confused on what I should do. I don't want to wait any longer but I really wish it were already available and am wondering if I would even be a candidate for the laser re growth treatment. I do not want to see any bone loss with my jaw structure either. PLEASE help me make a smart decision. Price is not an issue I am desperate and will do whatever is best.
If you need to have implants in the space, you should probably have them done. Laser regrowth refers to areas around existing teeth or implants. Continue..

What is the cost of LANAP treatment in Bangalore, India?
I somewhat doubt that LANAP treatment is available in India, but please submit the “Find a LANAP® Dentist in Your Area” form on http://www.lanap. Continue..

I was just told by an oral surgeon that because the pocket is so deep (8mm), the implant may not take and I would need a sinus lift. Would I be a candidate for the LANAP to add bone and then get the implant?
It is possible to save teeth that have deep pockets using advanced laser methods. It is also useful if the Laser Periodontist has different wave Continue..

A 42 year-old female patient, after initial periodontal therapy, still has mobility of teeth. How will you decide whether to go for occlusal equilibration or splinting?
Are you a Periodontist? I would incorporate a definitive periodontal treatment plan in addition to stabilization and or splinting depending on Continue..

I had gum surgery 3 months ago. The doctor removed skin from the roof of my mouth and grafted it onto the front bottom. This is the second time I've had it done. I already had a frenectomy, but what is left was pulling the gums away from the teeth. My question is, my teeth in that area have felt sore and achy ever since and I am wondering if this could be a result of the gum surgery. I went to see him and he said that my teeth are just sensitive. I use Prevident every night. I am wondering if he caused a new problem. What would you suggest?
I would suggest you go back to your Periodontist for a follow up. He should be able to answer any questions you have regarding the healing from t Continue..

I had LANAP surgery performed six days ago. Is it common to experience tenderness and slight swelling of the mandible? I know that #'s 18 and 19 are severely compromised due to bone loss. Unfortunately, the LANAP surgery performed on the UR resulted in necrotic tissue formation on #'s 4, 5, and 6. Thank you for your time.
It is unusual to have tenderness and swelling 6 days post op LANAP. I am not certain why you had “necrotic” tissue on 4, 5, 6? Are you certain it Continue..

I have what I think is pretty severe periodontal disease but have not lost any teeth yet. I would like to get pregnant sometime in the near future and would like to get my mouth under control first. How long do you think a person should wait after having LANAP to try getting pregnant? Also, how do I go about finding a qualified professional to do this procedure? (I live in Minnesota so unfortunately, travel to New York/New Jersey is not an option for me.)

You can have LANAP before you get pregnant pending an examination and review of your x-rays to verify that you are a candidate. LANAP would be of Continue..

OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS I have had my lower gum on the right side fill up with blood and fill my mouth with blood, and then it would be fine for a while. I have seen oral surgeons and they have tried to say it was small blood vessels in my gums. They cut away pieces of my gums in order to remove the problem. I need help! Do you have an answer?
Your situation is quite unusual, and I’m afraid that I couldn’t give you a helpful or responsible answer without conducting a clinical exam. Continue..

Recent X-rays identified bone loss for 2 teeth in lower jaw (I am 78). Now I have a slight pain in my jaw on the right side. Could this be periodontitis?
Periodontitis can present with one or many of the following symptoms: 1- pain 2- bleeding 3- drifting of teeth 4- mobility of the teeth 5- b Continue..

I had a tooth extracted a month ago with a plan to place immediate implants on 6, 8, and 9, but I decided not to risk failure, so bone graft preservation was done instead. Now I don’t know if an implant can be placed in 6 months, which made me think the risk of immediate implant may have been a better choice.
Implants can be placed either as an "immediate" placement at the time of extraction or after the tooth is removed, bone is grafted, and some ap Continue..

I am a 46 year old woman. At age 12, a permanent tooth was extracted, leaving a hole in my lower right side. Braces to spread the roots to make room for an implant were recommended. My question: if I don’t get an implant, what will happen to my teeth and gums in that area as I age? Thank you for your time.
If you have a space that is created for an implant, the "downside" of leaving it alone is the possibility of teeth moving into the space, furth Continue..

Hi -- I have deep pockets around one tooth due to it coming in rotated -- it's always been that way. I recently saw a periodontist who recommended, after only a visual exam and x-rays, that it needs to be extracted. The tooth isn't dead or causing me trouble. I'm trying to delay/avoid extraction and wonder if gum grafts or other gum surgery can, in general, slow bone loss. Thanks!
To answer this question responsibly, I would need to conduct a comprehensive examination, and review a quality set of digital x-rays. But speakin Continue..

Dr. Linden...I have composite bonding on my top and bottom front teeth. I see my dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings and now he says I may need extensive periodontal work done. He says because of the space between my teeth and gums bacteria has formed in my tooth pockets. He says that when he does scaling and root smoothing I will need porcelain veneers, which are smoother with less spacing between tooth and gum. My dentist is known for trying to ring up the bill. I can’t afford one thousand dollars per veneer. Does what he says sound plausible? Thanks for your time.
Your dentist may be right, but without examining you myself it’s impossible for me to say. It does sound though, like you should consult with a p Continue..

I had a tooth extracted about 3 weeks ago now (back left molar), and at extraction site I now found a soft red lump. I don’t have really any pain at the site though. Should I be worried, and should I see my dentist? Or can you recommend any home suggestions?
Please see your doctor as soon as possible. It’s not possible to diagnose this without an examination. Continue..