DR. ERIC LINDEN, DMD., MSD.

Laser Periodontal Surgery, Periodontics and Dental Implants
Manhattan Office
212.595.5559
New Jersey Office
201.307.0339
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.

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 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..

Dr. Linden, is it safe and/or helpful for patients to rinse daily with OTC hydrogen peroxide? I've read it can cause black hairy tongue and irritate tissues. I've also read it has antibacterial properties and has been used in periodontal protocols. I'm a new RDH so I want to be prepared with an educated response if a patient asks about this. Thank you in advance for your time and expertise!
We do not recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide intraorally. Many studies have shown mutagenic changes in oral tissues with additional side effe Continue..

I had the Lanap gum surgery 6/5/2015 and was told it was OK to floss. However, it is very uncomfortable to do so. Should I stop? When I hit my gum it bleeds.
I would suggest checking with your laser periodontist who performed the procedure to assess why you are having bleeding? Did you have bite adjust Continue..

I had a full lower gum graft done 2 weeks ago and it's not healing well. My periodontist just suggested oral steroids to help with healing. Good idea at this late date. Think it will help?
We do not use steroids in our practice. We use our lasers to promote healing. However, with that being said, I would follow your Periodontist’s Continue..

Three implants on my lower jaw were attempted and failed. The implants keep causing the gum to get infected. I have little bone left. Is there any solution for me?
This is difficult to answer without seeing you for a clinical exam and evaluating your cat scans.

I am scheduled for laser surgery next week. My front tooth is slightly loose and has shifted. How soon after the laser treatment can I get this fixed?
Sometimes we splint very loose teeth before the laser surgery. The splinting can be done anytime to stabilize the teeth. Continue..

I had a crown lengthening on a tooth. Can an implant be done on that same tooth?
Did you lose the tooth? If so, if there is enough bone remaining, the answer is yes for an implant. Continue..

I had crown lengthening done last year. I was told my old crowns of 21 years were ill-fitting, so after the lengthening the dentist put new ones in. They felt big and bulky so he redid them. Now he put much thinner crowns in and after three months my gums are inflamed. He scheduled me for retreatment of the lengthening because he said my bone grew back. Have you ever heard of bone growing back or are these thin crowns the culprit and he finds it cheaper to redo a surgery than to replace four crowns?
Your situation sounds confusing to me. Where is the bone? Do you have “biologic width”? Did the dentist do a crown lengthening before the new Continue..

What is the cost of laser surgery?
This is difficult to answer without examining you in person. Fees vary based on case diagnosis and geographic area. Please see https://drgums.com Continue..

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..