Meet Dr. Mark A. Ventress

On Being a Dentist

As a dentist, I have the ability to bring about positive changes in a person’s life, by taking them out of pain, restoring function, and making it possible for someone to smile with confidence.

Being a dentist brings with it great responsibility, and I take that very seriously. I only recommend a treatment path after a thorough review of the person’s clinical needs, and talking with them about their lifestyle and hobbies. Doing so ensures I’ve identified their requirements and the solutions that are right for their unique situation, which means the strongest results and the happiest, healthiest patient.

In the years I have been practicing, I’ve had the honor of meeting and caring for an amazing group of individuals. Each patient is important to me and I strive to connect and build a relationship with them, a relationship based on respect and open communication. I want to know them on a personal level, both because it allows me to address their dental needs better, and because I find those connections fulfilling. I enjoy our conversations and what we learn from each other.

My Education and Commitment to Continuing Education

I attended Louisiana State University, where I was awarded my Doctorate of Dental Surgery. Since completing my formal education, I have actively pursued continuing education offerings at the national, regional, and local levels. By attending meetings and conferences, participating in study clubs, including the Seattle Study Club, and staying abreast of current journals, I am able to remain at the leading edge of developments in dental technologies and treatment approaches.

My patients rely on me to provide them with the highest quality of dental care treatment options, which means those that yield the strongest results in the most affordable and efficient manner, and I need to be learning constantly in order to do so.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Louisiana Dental Association
  • Dawson Academy Alumni
  • Pankey Institute Alumni

Personal Life

I was born and raised in Lafayette, and moved to Baton Rouge in 1992. My lovely wife Eva and I have two beautiful daughters, Ava and Vivian. When I’m not in the office, being with my loved ones is always my first choice, but I also enjoy staying active, through fitness training, playing tennis, hunting, and fishing.

I donate my time with the Greater Baton Rouge Community Clinic, and offer dental care services to the underserved in our community. Giving back to those in need is part of who I am, and I am honored to be able to help in this manner.