Laser Periodontal Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants
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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 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 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


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

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
11th Ave and 36th Street
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 convention, 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
June 29, 2015- ER visits for dental problems on the rise
June 23, 2015- Strong teeth: Researchers discover internal structure of dentine
June 26, 2015- New study helps explain why a cleaner mouth could mean a healthier heart
June 26, 2015- Oral health and alcoholic beverages
June 23, 2015- How To Fix Bad Breath: Simple Tricks For Avoiding Halitosis Altogether
June 29, 2015- 5 ways you're destroying your teeth
June 26, 2015- Do you floss or do you just say you do? 27 percent of adults lie to dentists
June 19, 2015- New Report emphasizes need for improvement in preventive care
June 17, 2015- 5 Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Mouth
June 23, 2015- More Than a Quarter of U.S. Adults are Dishonest with Dentists about How Often They Floss Their Teeth
June 11, 2015- Dental implants result in better quality of life for osteoporotic women
June 12, 2015- The role of nutrition in the development, maintenance, and repair of the periodontium: How diet impacts the immune system
June 11, 2015- Study: Alcohol Consumption Can Have a Negative Impact on Gum Health
June 3, 2015- 5 Surprising Things That Are Ruining Your Teeth
Jun 2, 2015 - The rise and fall of mercury
June 5, 2015- Missing teeth may predict future cardiovascular events
06/08/2015- How Mouth Bacteria Affects How Fast a Wound Will Heal
June 2, 2015- Not brushing your teeth can lead to dementia and heart disease
June 2, 2015- The Unexpected Side Effect Of Your Juice Cleanse
May 27, 2015- How Many Dental X-rays Are Too Many?
May 29, 2015- Ask Well: Floss or Brush First?
June 3, 2015- Researchers explain mechanism that makes their mouthwash so effective against tooth decay
May 20, 2015- No Dental Insurance? Don’t Wait for Something to Go Wrong
May 20, 2015- You Asked: Why Are My Teeth So Sensitive?
May 20, 2015- Chiseled body, chipping teeth: Energy gels, drinks wreak havoc
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 :

Hey! I am having gum graft surgery July 9th, 2015. I am extremely nervous and I was wondering after my surgery how many days should I not talk. I know my mouth will be sore and I know if I talk it could hurt my stitches. Thanks for much!
My best suggestion is to review the post-operative instructions with the Periodontist performing this gum graft procedure for you. It is standard Continue..

I have a cleft palate and have receding gum lines. I am scheduled to have traditional gum graft surgery on six lower teeth. What is the risk of infection due to a slightly open palate? Some of my gums are at a 1 or 2. Would laser gum surgery be possible/better for me due to the issues with my palate? I was told by a second dentist that laser treatment was not for receding gums, due to the fact that lasers are used to remove tissue, and that the only way to add tissue was through cadaver tissue or grafting. Is this true? My appointment is on Monday for the traditional gum graft procedure. Please let me know ASAP.
An opening to any space is always vulnerable to infection. During gum graft surgery, the laser option, if used by an experienced and well-trained Continue..

Hello, I was just told that I have a serious case of gum disease. My periodontist wants to give me laser surgery on only the top portion of my mouth. He said it would cost me $4,000. Is this a fair price for such a surgery or do you think I can get it for a little less? Thank you.
This is difficult to answer without examining you in person. Fees vary based on case diagnosis and geographic area. Continue..

My periodontist wants to repair several areas with gum grafting (1-2 teeth in each area). I have had five surgeries so far, and every time there has been a failure on one or both teeth. The periodontist keeps having me back to do repairs, but the repairs fail also. She has mostly used donor tissue but at least once used my own tissue. This process is expensive, painful, and time-consuming, and it keeps me from working and eating for various periods while I recover. I feel I am following all the recovery rules. Is it normal to have partial or total failure on 100 percent of my surgeries? I am losing heart. What would be a good next step? Thank you.
It is rather unusual to have so many failures, but it is possible. Without examining you myself, it’s difficult for me to offer more specific adv Continue..

Can you kindly tell me if LANAP causes gum recession? I have a fixed bridge in the 6 upper teeth and I am concerned about recession in that area, as my bridge is only 5 years old. Thank you.
If the LANAP protocol is done exactly as we teach it (with all the safety guidelines) then you should not have any recession around your bridge a Continue..

Hello, my name is Lauren. A few days ago, due to tooth decay, I had a crown lengthening on my back molar on my bottom jaw. I also had a supernumerary tooth extracted between that crown-lengthened molar and the one next to it. I had my teeth corrected a few years ago and I wear my Essex retainers every night. When will it be ok to wear my retainers again? Thank you.
I would suggest you speak with the Periodontist who did your surgery to determine when it would be safe to wear your appliance. Continue..

The gum below my wisdom tooth has been swollen for the past week. The tooth has a filling in it and is decayed near the gum. Whom do I see to have it extracted?
I would recommend an Oral Surgeon.

If a patient is interested in orthodontics but has periodontal pockets in several parts of the mouth, would they be a good candidate for orthodontics?
The potential for orthodontics is present. However, you need to have your periodontal pockets treated, and be stable and cleared periodontally to Continue..

If there is recession after LANAP, does it mean that the procedure didn't work? I had the first half of my mouth done in March and the second in April, and there is gum recession around 3-4 teeth.
LANAP, if done correctly, should not cause any recession. We train doctors to use the correct amount of laser energy per tooth. Not having recess Continue..

My bottom tooth #30 has mobility to it. I can't get bottom braces yet. What's going to happen?
Sounds like you need a periodontal evaluation to determine what is going on before braces can be placed on your teeth. Continue..

When surgery is needed, is it a lot less painful if the doctor gives an inferior alveolar and Gow-gates mandibular nerve block injection to avoid going into hard tissue for anesthesia?
If local anesthesia is given correctly and patiently, it should be with minimal discomfort for the patient. Use of a topical gel helps before the Continue..

Is it safe to place Arestin in an area of inflammation with signs of bleeding and a 7mm pocket on an implant tooth with no mobility? Radiographs show signs that all threads are in the bone. Also, what are your thoughts about probing and scaling implant teeth due to the suction and disturbing it, etc.?
Arestin is an option, although in the last several years we have been using a variety of lasers for implant mucositis and peri-implantitis. (We d Continue..

Hi, my sister had LANAP surgery done in about October of last year, (2014). She asked the doctor whether or not a splint should be applied in order to keep her teeth straight, but he told her “no” many times. She just found out about two weeks ago, around the beginning of May, that her teeth were very crooked. I never noticed this because my sister is very shy when it comes to her appearance, but when she showed me her current status, I was very shocked. My sister had very straight, perfect teeth, but now they are very crooked. I would like to know whether or not a splint was necessary? Thank you very much for your time and your answer will be greatly appreciated.
Without having examined her and considering that she probably had full mouth or half mouth LANAP done, it’s not uncommon for some people to need Continue..

I have a burning drainage coming from the roof of my mouth at my teeth.
This requires an immediate appointment with a periodontist to evaluate what kind of infection you have. Continue..

Help! I got 2 estimates, one for $6,800 after my insurance covers $1,000. This periodontist does the whole mouth at once under general sedation. The other, a dentist, would do half mouth first, then the other half 10 days later, using a regular injection for numbness. He would charge $4,000 after my insurance covers $1,000. Which one should I choose? Money is tight!
Hi Matilda, I would choose the dentist who best suits your needs, in whom you feel the most confidence, and who answers all your questions. Continue..

I am wondering about the longevity of LANAP treatment. Assuming good oral hygiene, do most people avoid needing further treatment? I know you probably can't answer specifically, but do you see the need for re-treatment often? Sometimes? Rarely? Any studies on this anywhere?
We have been performing and teaching laser techniques, including LANAP, for nearly a decade. Other than Dr. Lloyd Tilt's Tooth Survival studi Continue..

My husband (78 years old) has had no teeth for 10 years now, and complains of swollen gums. What do you think?
You should see a specialist (preferably a Periodontist) for a complete exam and review of his medical history. When was the last time your husban Continue..

My upper tooth on my left side, two back from the eye tooth, has been capped for years. The gum has receded upwards. It is bad enough now that It effects my smile. Any natural remedies that I can try?
Hi Eileen, I would suggest a consultation, including an x-ray, to look at the area on the upper left side. Recession indicates that there i Continue..