Dr. Eric Linden, DMD, MSD ~ Laser Periodontics, Dental Implants, Bone Regeneration
Assistant Attending Professor, Division of Periodontics: Oral Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Sciences, Columbia University
2018-2019 Committee Member: Research Submissions Committee, American Academy of Periodontology

AAID 68th Annual Conference - Synergy & Success
October 23-26, 2019 at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Eric Linden | 8:00AM-8:30AM | Juniper Ballroom
Presentation: "Lasers for the Treatment of Peri-implantitis"

Training Other Professionals


Dr. Eric Linden teaching laser therapy to periodontal residents and visiting doctors from Brazil at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center ...read more .

Dr. Eric Linden and guest physicist Dr. Peter Vitruk lecturing and training the Periodontal Residents at Columbia University School of Dental Medicine and Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center ...read more using the CO2 Laser on November 12, 2017.


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)



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.


Dr. Eric Linden, Periodontist ~ Laser and Implant Specialist

dr_lindenDr. Eric Linden is a Periodontist with more than 35 years experience in periodontal and implant specialty practice. Over the last 20+ years, he has performed thousands of procedures with very predictable and successful outcomes using several different lasers, including LANAP and new laser protocols for the treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis. He also specializes in bone regeneration, dental implants, and biostimulation. When necessary, he employs traditional periodontics.

Dr. Linden has been appointed as a Committee Member to the Research Submissions Commission of the American Academy of Periodontology for 2018-2019. He 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.

He is Assistant Attending Professor, Division of Periodontics, Section of Oral Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Sciences 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.

Dr. Linden is one of the first periodontists in the world to use four types of lasers, each of which has a specific application in the treatment of periodontal disease and peri-implantitis.

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…

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Below is a sampling of unsolicited, verified testimonials that were posted on various web review sites.

If you need a perio come to the best.

Dr Linden is a caring talented and very experienced periodontist. Due to gum problems probably stemming from poor genes I have had to see a number of periodontists. He is hands down the very best. He .....read more


If you think you might have periodontal disease, you are probably right!

I had periodontal laser surgery completed for my gums and I'm happy to tell everyone that the procedure and outcome were not only painless but the areas healed super fast, and I feel like I my gums ha.....read more


Great Experience

Dr. Linden has done an incredible job in giving my oral health new life. The laser used to treat my peridontitis was virtually painless. Dr. Linden explained everything ahead of time and there were no.....read more


...An excellent periodonist

Dr Linden is an excellent periodontist. He performed surgery on me and my wife, and he did an excellent job.

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Run...Don't Walk to Dr. Linden's Office!

Several years ago I was informed by another dentist that all of my teeth needed to be extracted because of severe gum disease and bone loss. I was devastated and depressed. Thankfully, I sought ano.....read more


No Pain

Dr. Linden was extremely caring and gentle with me. I had the LANAP procedure, which is a treatment that uses a laser to treat periodontal disease. I can't believe how painless it was. Aside from a fe.....read more


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



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.

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

LANAP/Laser Surgery Animation

Animated video demonstrating the LANAP process for dealing with gum disease and other periodontal issues.


Dr. Linden Featured in the Following Media

Laser Use in Periodontics and Peri-implantitis – in Decisions in Dentistry, The Journal of Multidisciplinary Care

Laser BasicsDimensions of Dental Hygiene

Implant-safe settings for SuperPulse 10,600 nm CO2 laser-assisted, closed flap peri-implantitis treatment. Implant Practice-US; February 26, 2016

SuperPulse 10.6 µm CO2 laser-assisted, closed flap treatment of peri-implantitis.Implant Practice-US; August 24, 2015

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:


Research and Publications by Dr. Eric Linden


older publications



Upcoming Lectures & Conferences

AAID 68th Annual Conference - Synergy & Success

October 23-26, 2019
Aria Hotel & Casino | Las Vegas, Nevada
Dr. Eric Linden | 8:00AM-8:30AM | Juniper Ballroom
"Lasers for the Treatment of Peri-implantitis"

Lasers are an effective tool for the treatment of peri-implantitis either as a stand-alone procedure or part of a clinical protocol. There are several laser wavelengths that are safe and effective for use around dental implants. This presentation will show examples of different laser approaches (open and closed flap) and the clinical indications for their use.

In addition, we will examine Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images of the implant surfaces after laser irradiation using different wavelengths. These images are magnified up to 50,000X and show interesting results with each laser wavelength. A brief discussion of ongoing clinical trials using lasers for the treatment of peri-implantitis will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, participants will be able to:

* Identify the different laser wavelengths that can be used for the treatment of peri-implantitis safely and effectively.

* Understand what the biological effects of laser irradiation have on titanium surfaces and nearby tissues.

* Utilize or suggest the laser options for the clinical treatment of peri-implantitis to their patients with confidence. These options should be part of the informed consent process.

Recent Lectures

Columbia University College of Dental Medicine Class Reunion Day

April 20, 2018, “Lasers for the Treatment of Periodontal Disease and Peri-Implants”

Restorative Dental Group of Cambridge Lecture Series

April 18th, 2018, "Role of Laser Technology for Treating Periodontal and Peri-implant Disease"

Academy of Laser Dentistry 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition

April 6-8, 2017; Tucson, AZ “Superpulse 10,600nm CO2 Laser Uses in Periodontics”

Academy of Osseointegration Annual Meeting

March 16-18, 2017; Orlando, FL“Do Different Lasers have a Role in Peri-implantitis Management ?”

Academy of Laser Dentistry, Annual Meeting

April 14-16, 2016, Orlando, Florida“Closed Flapless Approach in Treating Peri-Implantits/Mucositis utilizing Different Wavelength Lasers”

2015 AAP International Meeting

November 17, 2015 – Orlando, FloridaThe 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. Dr. Linden’s presentation was entitled “Closed Flapless Approach in Treating Peri-Implantits/Mucositis utilizing Different Wavelength Lasers”.

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

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


Laser “Bootcamp” Buffalo


April 29-May 2, 2015. Buffalo, New York

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.


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