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 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.
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”.

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…

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
April 14, 2015- Redefining conservative: Explaining the need for perio treatment to patients
April 13, 2015- Knowing you have bad breath can put you halfway to a cure
April 15, 2015- Dentists warn of risks of not looking after implants
April 9, 2015- Dentists may soon prescribe nanoparticles to fight biofilms
April 14, 2015- How gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease
April 2, 2015- Treating a common gum condition could reduce risk of heart attacks in kidney disease patients
March 16, 2015- How Weather Can Affect Teeth and Oral Health
March 16, 2015- Suprising things that affect fertility
March 12, 2015- Graphene: A new tool for fighting cavities and gum disease?
March 17, 2015- Birth weight and pregnancy complications associated with enamel defects
March 14, 2015- Link between hair disorders and susceptibility to dental caries
March 3, 2015- 5 overlooked aspects of good oral care
March 4, 2015- 7 Terrible Foods For Your Teeth (That Aren’t Candy)
March 9, 2015- 14 surprising foods for brighter smiles
February 20, 2015- Thorough dental care helps retain youthful looks
February 18, 2015- Toothpaste-mouth rinse combo washes out harmful bacteria
February 19, 2015- Rutgers researchers study rare form of gum disease that affects African-American adolescents
February 17, 2015- Periodontal Disease More Prevalent among Ethnic Minorities, Says New Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 17, 2015- 11 ways you're ruining your teeth without even realising
February 17, 2015- Bone-loss score may tip off doctors to gum disease in postmenopausal women
February 6, 2015- Prevent Tooth Loss and Dental Work With Good Gum Care
February 10, 2015- Too old for cavities? Think again, dentists say
January 29 2015- What osteoporosis medication could be doing to your oral health
January 26, 2015- Flabby gums are worse than flabby abs, says dentist
January 29, 2015- Green Tea May Zap Cancer Cells In Your Mouth
February 3, 2015- New relationships between periodontitis, Alzheimer's disease, and heart attacks
January 27, 2015- How To Make Flossing A Habit
January 23, 2015- Oral Health Hack: Chewing Gum Removes Up To 100M Bacteria In 10 Minutes, Similar To Flossing
January 22, 2015- Contrary to popular belief, dental care for baby teeth is vital
January 22, 2015- Sleeping with dentures could double pneumonia risk
January 22, 2015- NYU researchers develop new assessment tool to combat oral-systemic disease
January 19, 2015- Good Oral Health Care Can Lead to Better Management of Diabetes
January 20, 2015- Caffeine found to stimulate consumption of sugary drinks
January 16, 2015- Inflammatory Gum Disease Influences Heart Attack Severity - See more at: http://www.pharmacytimes.com/news/Inflammatory-Gum-Disease-Influences-Heart-Attack-Severity
January 19, 2015- Secondhand smoke and cavities: Research indicates link between the two
January 12, 2015- There is More to Your Mouthwash Than a Minty Taste
January 8, 2015- Durable biomaterial potentially reduces tooth sensitivity
January 13, 2015- Chronic periodontitis, an inflammatory gum disease, influences prognosis and the severity of heart attacks
December 16, 2014- 5 Scary Health Conditions Your Dentist Can Spot
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 :

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..

My dentist told me I need my last six teeth removed but in order to get false teeth I would need a bone graft. Do periodontists do bone grafts?
Periodontists not only do bone grafts, they also perform extractions, implants, gum surgery and laser procedures. However, the periodontist needs Continue..

Dear Dr. Linden,
I am a 41-year old female with very severe, advanced periodontal disease. Very loose teeth/bone loss/ visible calculus/tartar buildup/dental phobia (bad experience as a child). I finally went to a dentist around 2005. He initially indicated full extraction. Then he referred me to a periodontist. The periodontist told me that I'd probably lose my front teeth (upper & lower). He also did a scaling/root planing in 2 separate appointments. He gave me IV sedation due to my fear of the procedure/pain. It didn't work! After the first time, I told him it didn't work well and he upped the dosage for the 2nd time. It still didn't work. I remembered everything. It was terrible. Interestingly enough, after the two procedures, I would be really groggy and sleepy the next day. I ended up not going back. Was so fearful. Fast forward to now. Some teeth are very very loose (although none have fallen out). I know you would have to see x-rays, but might LANAP work for me or what? I would like to find a compassionate provider. Don't know exactly what to do.
Thank you for your time. I appreciate this site.
God bless you.

LANAP and other laser approaches may very well help in your situation, as they have with many, but of course, I would need to evaluate you in my Continue..

I have gum disease and am closely followed by my dentist. My only reservation is the cost. I simply do not have the money. Do you know of any dentists (Atlanta, GA) area who offer payment plans? Our insurance is horrible and only covers 10%. I have thought about a dental college. Thoughts? And are laser treatments better?

We offer a couple of payment plans: https://drgums.com/periodontal-patients/dental-financing.html. In most cases, LANAP (laser periodontics) will Continue..

Can your gums be swollen or feel swollen from the inside even if you can't see or feel the swelling with your hands?
The answer is yes. It also sounds as though you need to go to a qualified Laser Periodontist for evaluation. Continue..

I currently have braces, however I have excessive gum tissue. I wanted to know if an orthodontist usually lasers the gum tissue while a person has braces or after a person has had the braces removed.
The laser procedure can be completed either with or without the braces, depending on the case. The procedure should be completed by an experience Continue..

I notice I have ONE tooth (my right canine) that is mildly receding due to brushing too hard. It is sensitive if scraped, but fine brushing is OK. Can this be fixed? Thanks!
You would need to be examined by an experienced periodontist to determine if you would qualify for a periodontal procedure to fix the gum recessi Continue..

Why does periodontal treatment cost so much ($9600), and why doesn't the care provider offer financing?
The price you quote is by no means standard or static. The cost of periodontal treatment can vary widely according to the degree of care your con Continue..

I need a gum grafting for one of my teeth. I have been on Boniva for two years and have been told that may cause risks. I am scared to death and don't know what to do. I had a consultation with a specialist in periodontal and implant. I also read about pinhole procedure. Would that procedure be less risky?
Both grafting and pinhole are acceptable and viable procedures. Your periodontist will have to weigh the pros and cons of the two procedures and Continue..

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..