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.
Heidi - Director of Operations
Heidi has worked with Dr. Mason for more than five years and has been in dentistry for 40 years. She lives in Concord, CA. She enjoys learning about micro and macro nutrients, and cooking and eating a whole food plant based diet. In her free time she enjoys creating jewelry with seed beads and hand drumming. She also loves to read and spend time with friends and family.
“Dr. Mason is a very caring person and a fabulous dentist. I am blessed to be working with her. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”
Laura - RDAEF2, Back Office Manager
Laura has worked with Dr. Mason for the past five years, and has been in dentistry for over 30. She lives in Benicia, CA. She says her happy place is with her two children and fiancé. She enjoys working out and all of the friends she works with.
“Working with Dr. Mason is extraordinary. We present a high quality of a care that is immeasurable. I am grateful to be a part of her team.”
Jean - Treatment Coordinator
has worked with Dr. Mason for the past four years and has been in dentistry since 1974. She currently lives in Walnut Creek, CA. Her hobbies include her adorable grandchildren, her family, hiking, reading, cooking, gardening, and traveling.
“One of the aspects I enjoy most about my job is connecting with each of our patients and being there to take care of all of their needs through compassion, understanding, and commitment. Dr. Mason is my guidance and inspiration to a commitment of extraordinary patient care. It is my honor to work along side Dr. Mason and my team to make a difference in peoples’ lives.”
Jessica - RDA
has worked with Dr. Mason for nearly five years and has been in dentistry for ten. She lives in Concord Ca and loves to be outdoors doing things like fishing, walking on the beach, and just spending time with her family and friends.
“I’m blessed to say that I love my job! I love Dr. Mason for creating such a wonderful, loving, positive environment for all of us to work in. My most favorite saying is Live Laugh Love, and I practice all three every day. I am so grateful to have found a beautiful and loving office of people that do the same.”
Susan - RDA
has worked with Dr. Mason since August of 2016 and has been in dentistry since 1996. She lives in Antioch, CA. When she’s not working she enjoys being with family, dinner parties, going to the beach, hiking, traveling, and continuing her education.
“Once you have experienced EXCELLENCE, you will never again be content with mediocrity. Dr. Mason has developed excellence, and it is a pleasure to experience and create it with her.”
Erika - RDA
has worked with Dr. Mason since October of 2016 and has been in dentistry for the past 23 years. She currently lives in Oakley, CA. She enjoys rockin’ the mic for Christ doing Christian Rap and Spoken Word, and writing poetry and short stories. She loves to spend time with her goofy loved ones, bowling, cooking and eating (especially Mexican food). She enjoys fun, laughter, and big bright smiles.
“It’s such a breath of fresh air to work with someone who loves her patients so much that she goes over and above in keeping herself educated and up to date with the latest dental technology and advances. Dentistry is not her job, it’s her purpose…and it shows.”
Heather - RDA
has worked with Dr. Mason since December 2016 and has been in dentistry for almost a year. She lives in Benicia CA. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her mom, going out with friends, exploring new places, and going to the gym.
“Dr. Mason is the reason that I fell in love with dentistry. It is because of her passion that I went to Dental Assisting School and am pursuing a career in dental. Being a part of a team with an amazing doctor who truly cares so much for each patient is such a blessing.”
Noreen - RDH
has worked with Dr. Mason since 1998 and has been in dentistry since 1991. She currently lives in Martinez, CA. Some of her interests include spending time with her husband and two children (ages 11 and 13). They have a goal to go to 2-3 National Parks each year. They are avid San Jose Sharks fans, and Noreen loves to run, cook, travel, and read.
“I have had the pleasure of working for Dr. Mason for 19 years. I am so appreciative to work for a dentist who provides incredible patient care. The amount of knowledge I have gained working for her is immeasurable! Her philosophy is to provide extraordinary care in a very nurturing environment. She has transformed even the most fearful patient into someone who enjoys coming to see us.”
Jess - RDH
has worked with Dr. Mason for over a year and has been in dentistry for the past four years. She currently lives in Concord, CA and outside of work she likes to go hiking with her husband and friends, cook delicious meals, and travel to beautify cities. She also makes it a point to keep up with the latest in dental hygiene.
“Being a part of Dr. Mason’s team feels like being a part of a family, an amazing, inspirational, and dedicated family.”
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.