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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“, Dentistry Today, and Implant Practice – US.


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

Earlier Lectures

Breaking News

Dr. Linden Presents at 2015 AAP International Meeting

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 was 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

Academy of Laser Dentistry, Annual Meeting. April 14-16, 2016. Orlando, Florida. “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
November 12, 2015- Are at-home teeth-whitening products safe to use all the time?
November 16, 2015- Dental implants vs. root canal therapy
November 17, 2015- How to eliminate pain tied to tooth decay
November 10, 2015- Why You Should Start Brushing Your Teeth in the Dark
November 16, 2015- Indications You May Need a Dental Implant
November 12, 2015- U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Falls to New Low
November 8, 2016- Is 'Sweet Tooth' Genetic? Here's What This Study Says
November 6, 2015- Oral health and pregnancy: Majority avoid dental checkups
October 30, 2015- 5 dental myths that may be hurting your health
October 30, 2015- Necessity of Antibiotics After Implants Questioned
November 2, 2015- Oral disease progression: Protein clues
October 30, 2015 - Diabetes screening in dental offices
November 2, 2015- Banned Chloroform Solution Effective Against Jaw Tumors
October 30, 2015- Novel antibacterial glasses prevent the infections associated with surgical implants
October 28, 2015- Osteoporosis and periodontal disease in menopause
October 20, 2015- New dental tool that creates stronger bonds for fillings receives FDA clearance
October 27, 2015- Fillings May Harm Neighboring Teeth
October 26, 2015- Do You Grind Your Teeth At Night? Here’s How To Stop It
October 26, 2015- Are you brushing and flossing correctly?
October 26, 2015- Do You Really Need to Floss?
October 20, 2015- 5 best foods for a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth
October 9, 2015- The Cause Of Your Bad Breath And How To Get Rid Of It
October 13, 2015- Poor dental health associated with cardiovascular disorders
October 8, 2015- Poor Oral Health May Indicate Early Dementia
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
July 18, 2015- 5 Foods That Can Stain Your Teeth
July 16, 2015- NIH launches e-cigarette research
July 20, 2015- Don't Forget To Brush Your Teeth. Seriously.
July, 2015- The truth about bad breath
July 14, 2015- Brush Before Breakfast For Stronger, Healthier Teeth
July 10, 2015- Why you should throw away your antibacterial toothpaste ASAP
July 8, 2015- Teenagers Who Skip Breakfast More Likely to Have Bad Breath
July 13, 2015- Difficult Questions – Honest Answers About Periodontal Disease
June 8, 2015- How oral health impacts your family’s overall health
July 13, 2015- Nonsurgical Treatment of Chronic Periodontitis
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 :

I started seeing a periodontist several months ago after being referred by my GP for severe periodontitis. The 1st thing done was periodontal probing and the results were with almost all 6-10mm pockets. The course of treatment was a gross debridement followed by scaling and root planing., I returned four weeks after treatment and the depths had improved some but not close to where they need to be. His next recommendation was to perform a full mouth LANAP in 2 sessions. So I went ahead and agreed. The upper and lower were completed about 3 weeks ago and the right is scheduled for next week.
Since the initial pocket depths were so deep, should he have just recommended LANAP to start and not the scaling and root planing? I feel like he knew it wasn't going to work, but this was a way to get an extra $1,500 for the procedure. The hygienists were talking about the next step while one was doing the scaling and root planing. The other issue is that they scheduled what they call a therapeutic maintenance cleaning 2 weeks after scaling. When I asked them what this was they indicated it was a double check of their work to make sure they didn't miss anything. To me I shouldn't have had to pay for them to recheck their work.
I feel that LANAP really involves a scaling and root planing as part of the procedure and knowing that there was no way that the initial scaling and root planing was going to resolve my issue, it should not have been done.
I feel like I might be getting taken advantage of with unnecessary procedures.
Your thoughts would be much appreciated.
Thank you

You probably do need a second opinion, but I can’t ethically or accurately offer one online. I would have to examine you. Since you probably don’ Continue..

Hello! I had gum grafting done two weeks ago on my 4 teeth on the lower right side. I thought that the grafts would be placed at the area of the teeth where my gums had receded so much but instead, my periodontist placed them at the base of my gums where they meet the cheek area. I have a long, deep "pocket" that runs the entire length of my gum area. Is this normal? Food is getting caught in the area constantly. Will this fill in? My periodontist sort of brushed over my question about it.

Thank you!

You need to have your periodontist take a look at the healing and evaluate the placement and quality of the gum tissue grafted and determine whet Continue..

I have osteoporosis and recently had a lower molar removed. I still have a deep hole and visible bone, excruciating pain and a disgusting taste in my mouth. I also can't eat anything other than soft food. Should I be concerned?
I’m afraid this is one of those questions that can’t responsibly be answered without an examination. I recommend that you visit the doctor who ex Continue..

Can LANAP be performed on just a limited area (let's say just in the back, for instance) or is treating the whole mouth required?
If the Periodontist calls it LANAP, it is by definition a full mouth protocol. If it is an “isolated” area of laser periodontal therapy, then it Continue..

I had crown and bridge preps of my entire upper arch. I was told that my gum grows over my temporaries and has to be cut away to accommodate permanent crowns. I've never heard of this happening. How true is this and under what conditions would this happen? How worried should I be about resection and having a huge gap at the line?
You would need to be evaluated by a Periodontist as to why the tissue is overgrown. If I were to perform that evaluation, I would also contact yo Continue..

I have severe bone loss, but my periodontal disease is under control. Do you think it is ever safe for someone with severe bone loss to receive orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth which have drifted out of place over the course of periodontal disease, using either invisible lingual or traditional braces? Is it true that moving the teeth and bone causes bone to regenerate and thus helps keep the teeth stable in the long run?
Before you have Orthodontic treatment, you would need to be evaluated by a Periodontist to evaluate the extent of Periodontal bone loss. This wou Continue..

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..