Christina P. Mason, DDS
Dr. Mason graduated from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), one of the top dental schools in the country, nearly 30 years ago. She has faithfully continued her education over the years and has extensive training in every aspect of dentistry. She is experienced in providing compassionate care, even in the most complex situations. Dr. Mason's mission in dentistry is to provide unparalleled treatment to all patients, fearful and fearless alike. She is a Premier Preferred Provider for Invisalign, the painless and popular alternative to braces; and a member of Doctors of Conscious Sedation (DOCS).
A team committed to you
Dr. Mason hand-selects the best team for her patients, some of whom have worked in dentistry for more than 20 years themselves. From her hygienists, to her dental assistants, to her front office team, her office is committed to your journey and your needs.
has been Dr. Mason's Office Manager for over 2 years, and has been in dentistry for thirty-seven years. She lives in Concord. What she enjoys most is her interactions with Dr. Mason's patients, listening to their needs and helping find the best solution for their health.
Favorite patient story: "Many years ago, a young man came to our office with attention needed for almost every tooth in his mouth. He had long, straggly hair to go with his rough appearance. When he came in for a cleaning after his dental treatment was complete, he had cut his hair and transformed his life. I will never forget what quality dental care can do for a person."
has been Dr. Mason's Back Office Manager for over three years, and has been in dentistry for twenty-six years. She lives in Benicia.
Working with Dr. Mason: "I have been enjoying dentistry for twenty-six years, and have been with Dr. Mason for the past three. I really enjoy helping others and using my RDAEF2 (Registered Dental Assistant, Extended Function 2) skills. I love watching the transformation of smiles, and seeing patients' fears diminish due to our caring office environment."
has been working with Dr. Mason for sixteen years, and has been in dentistry for twenty-three years. She lives in Martinez.
Working with Dr. Mason: "I enjoy seeing the transformation of a high-fear patient who hasn't been to a dentist in many years; into a patient with treatment completion, a beautiful smile, and no dental anxiety whatsoever!"
Favorite patient story: "I have so many great stories! We have a patient who has been with us for nearly thirty years. Every time he comes in, he is so full of life and energy and is all smiles. (It doesn't hurt that he brings in a box of See's Candy nearly every time he comes!) He drives all the way from Cupertino to be with us."
has worked with Dr. Mason for a year and a half, and has been in dentistry for more than thirty years. She lives in Walnut Creek.
Working with Dr. Mason: "My connection with all the patients. I want them to feel special and their needs are my first priority."
Favorite patient story: "Not a particular story, but the times when patients come in and leave with a huge smile on their face and know they have been taken care of by staff that lead from the heart."
has been in dentistry for five-and-a-half years. She lives in Concord.
Working with Dr. Mason: "What's great about dentistry is that you can work in healthcare, but still have a close relationship with your patients. I love that you can take a field with such a bad reputation and have your patients still fall in love with what you do."
Favorite patient story: "When I first started I met a patient with so much fear of dentistry, he would be dripping sweat in the chair. By being personable with him, taking care of his needs, and becoming a friend, he was able to let go and finally trust that he was in good hands. To know that you can contribute to the well-being of another person is incredibly rewarding."
has been working with Dr. Mason for nearly three years, and has been in dentistry for five years. She lives in Concord.
Working with Dr. Mason: "I enjoy working with all of my co-workers and building relationships with patients."
Favorite patient story: "I enjoy my job and patients every day. Getting to know our patients brings me joy. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!"
has worked with Dr. Mason for over 5 years, and has been in dentistry for twenty-seven years. She lives in Martinez.
Working with Dr. Mason: "I enjoy the relationships with patients and giving them the information they need to maintain a healthy mouth, and making them comfortable as the realize going to the dentist does not have to be a negative experience."
has been working with Dr. Mason for nearly two years, and has been in dentistry for fourteen years. She lives in Concord.
Working with Dr. Mason: "I love helping patients improve their oral health, and when some fearful patients say that they had the best experience. I can't explain how I feel when I hear this."
Favorite patient story: "When I joined Dr. Mason's family (office), a fearful patient didn't want me to anesthetize her, but Dr. Mason had faith and trust in me, and told the patient, 'Fariba uses the same techniques I use.' This meant the world to me. I am very lucky to have Dr. Mason as my boss, because I am learning something every day from her, and that helps me care for our patients the same way she does."
Why We Practice
My mission in being a dentist is to change lives for the better; to bring love and kindness and goodness and gentleness and FUN, yes, even fun, to the lives of my patients and team.
When I was going into third grade in a brand new school, I finally learned to ride my bicycle, because I really wanted to ride my bike to the new school. Then one day, just before school began, I fell off my bike onto my two front teeth – my adult permanent teeth, which had just come in. My mom washed my little bloody face and took me to a children's dentist, who placed big, gray, stainless steel crowns on my two front teeth. This was my first visit to a dentist.
Although this dentist was very kind to me, he hurt me EVERY time I went to him. I forgave him because he was so kind and I could tell that he didn’t really mean to hurt me. Nonetheless, the damage was done. I now had very unattractive front teeth and a great deal of fear about going to the dentist.
When I was in seventh grade, my parents transferred us to a “grown-up’s dentist.” He was big, mean, and always smelled like coffee, cigarettes, or both. His wife ran the front office and she was an imposing presence with her ‘60’s big hair and her pale pink lips outlined in dark red. By this time in my life, that bicycle took me everywhere and now it took me to my dental appointments. I would ride to that office alone and sit with my hands clenched together, getting sweatier by the minute, not from the bike ride, but from the fear that got worse every second I sat and waited in the waiting room.
To this day, I remember the butterflies in my stomach, and saying over and over in my head, “Please don’t call my name, please don’t call my name!” And actually, they never did call MY name; they’d call “Christine!” They didn’t even get my name right! Then when the dentist would work on my front teeth, he’d literally jam the needle up somewhere under my nose, which caused me to tear involuntarily. Then, the dear man would yell at me to hold still and stop crying.
He had a beautiful, young assistant whom I adored. Her name was Marie. Marie was always kind to me. One day, as the dentist was trying to get the color for my new, plastic front teeth right, he yelled at Marie. I lay there thinking, “I could do this better than he is! And I’d be NICE, TOO!” It was about that time that I started seriously considering becoming a dentist.
During my senior year in high school, my family moved to the Bay Area. So it was good-bye, old doctor, hello, Dr. Dalton. Dr. Dalton was one of the kindest, gentlest people I’ve ever known. It was he who gave me my first set of porcelain front teeth, just in time for my senior pictures! And he NEVER hurt me! NOT ONCE!!! I was amazed and delighted. Dr. Dalton even took time to help me look into the requirements for dental school. What a difference his kindness made in my life. As he did dental work on my poor, beleaguered mouth, I thought, “If he could do this, maybe so could I!”
And eventually, I did just that. I went to dental school. I went into dental school with a dogged determination to never hurt my patients as far as it was in my power to do so. I learned EVERY technique on pain control and gentle anesthesia that I could. I even made up some techniques of my own so that people would not feel pain at my hands.
When I began my dental practice, I determined that my practice would help change people’s lives for the better, just as Dr. Dalton did for me. I decided that I would assist people to go from sweaty-palmed, butterfly stomached, terrified patients into people who actually enjoyed going to the dentist. I decided I would establish true relationships with my patients, and hopefully I would never call them “Christine,” when their name was really “Christina.” Hopefully, I would always be nice to my staff and never yell at them. And I decided that I would NEVER, EVER hurt any person if there were anything I could do to prevent it.
To accomplish this, I have studied and practiced and invented many techniques on pain control and completely comfortable dentistry. For those who have been too traumatized by their own past experiences, I can provide conscious sedation and provide a way for them to drowse comfortably through their dental treatment.
I am currently very close to achieving an elite distinction in sedation dentistry—that of a fellowship in sedation dentistry through the prestigious Doctors’ Organization for Conscious Sedation.
Remember how I said I got stainless steel crowns on my brand new front teeth? And how I got these atrocious things just before I became “the new girl” in third grade? Uh-huh. Yep. Got made fun of all through elementary school and on into junior high. “What’s the matter with your teeth?” Or, “Your teeth look funny! What’s wrong with them?” Or, “What’d you do? Run into a wall?” I did get some white plastic affairs in seventh grade, but by today’s standards, these would have been bad even as temporaries.
I was so happy when I got my first set of porcelain crowns as a senior in high school! However, those crowns had that infamous “black line” at the edge and I still didn’t smile so that people could see my teeth.
I didn’t smile even in my wedding pictures—at least I didn’t show all of my teeth in my wedding pictures!!!
It wasn’t until I had been practicing dentistry for nearly twenty years that I finally found someone who did the right thing for my front teeth. Today you wouldn’t even guess that I had ever even hurt my front teeth or that anything had ever been done with them. And now I smile with all my teeth…and with all my heart! I know firsthand what a difference great teeth can make in your very soul.
Consequently, I have taken many classes in cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic techniques. I have had extensive education and experience in bonding and porcelain restorative techniques.
I have taken courses through Arrowhead Dental Seminars in occlusion and full-mouth reconstruction techniques and natural-looking, all-ceramic restorations. I have over ten years’ experience in full mouth reconstructive techniques.
I am certified in Invisalign, the clear alternative to conventional braces, and I am a Preferred Provider for Invisalign. I have taken many courses in creating computer-assisted porcelain restorations, which allows me to provide the finest in ceramic restorations available today, in durability, precision fit, and long-lasting beautiful esthetic.
I hold a certification through Great Lakes Education in dentistry for the Cerec machine, which produces computer-assisted dental restorations of the highest quality in an hour.
For the last 28 years, I have fulfilled my promise to myself that I would be a different kind of dentist – one who gently and skillfully helps the people who count on me.