Dr. Joel N Fransen

Certified Specialist in Endodontics
College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada

Member of In Addition
  • President of the Endodontic Society of British Columbia
    2009 - 2012
  • Clinical Instructor (part-time)
    Graduate Endodontic Programme at UBC

The Royal College of Dentists of Canada recognises Dr. Joel Fransen as a certified specialist in endodontics; he is registered to practice in both the Province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy (BScOT) from the University of British Columbia, a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) from the University of British Columbia, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Endodontics (cert Endo) from the Baylor School of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center. In 1993, Dr. Fransen participated in a dental student exchange programme between the University of British Columbia and the Nippon Dental University in Tokyo and Niigata.

During the first six years of his professional career Dr. Fransen was the primary general dentist in a practice in Port Alberni, British Columbia. He was then an associate dentist in Kelowna, B.C. for a year prior to pursuing advanced specialty training in endodontics at the Baylor School of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. At the 2006 American Association of Endodontists (AAE) Annual Session in Honolulu, Hawaii Dr. Fransen presented original research regarding root canal obturation material. Later that same year, he made presentations about advances in endodontics to general dentists in both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Columbus, Ohio. In 2008, Dr. Fransen presented information about advances in endodontics to general dentists in Seattle, Washington. Over the years, he has also made a number of presentations to general dentists and certified dental assistants in British Columbia.

Since his return to the lower mainland in 2007 Dr. Fransen has been an associate endodontist at the Port Coquitlam office of the EndoGroup. Dr. Fransen opened his own office, the Richmond Endodontic Centre, in February 2010. In that same year, he also became a part-time faculty member of the Graduate Endodontic Department at the University of British Columbia.

In 2011, Dr. Fransen became the first recognised endodontist in the Yukon Territory. He travels there every other month to provide advanced endodontic care to residents of the territory and northern British Columbia. As of February 2012, Dr. Fransen travels to Fort Saint John in Northeast British Columbia to provide specialty endodontic care.

Dr. Fransen practices the full scope of modern endodontics including differential diagnosis, revascularisation and vital pulp therapy, non-surgical treatment and re-treatment, and endodontic microsurgery. He is one of only a handful of endodontists in North America that has pursued advanced training in implant dentistry. He currently participates in two implant study clubs.

The Alberta-born Dr. Fransen grew-up in Richmond and is excited to be back home after many yeas away. Both Dr. Fransen and his wife, Dr. Alison Fransen, enjoy spending time with their three children Clive, Chloë and Jack. As a previous ski racer, instructor and coach, Dr. Fransen enjoys the opportunity to ski with his family on the local mountains. He is an avid fan of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Liverpool FC, and of course the various teams his three children play for in the Richmond Soccer League.

Written Articles

A Bacterial Study (pdf)
Journal of Endodontics Website

An Interview with Dr. Fransen(pdf)