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Meet the Doctor


Dr. Jay Cunningham is a Jackson Purchase native having grown up in Graves County. After graduating from Graves County High School he attended Murray State University. While at Murray Jay received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholarship. Jay majored in biology with a minor in chemistry and received his degree in 2004. He then began dental school at the University of Louisville. While in attendance Jay was the recipient of the Clinical Community Service Scholarship where he provided free dental care for children throughout the state, including Paducah. He graduated with his doctorate in dental medicine in 2009.

After graduating Jay moved to Murfreesboro, TN where he practiced until 2013. While practicing in Tennessee, Jay focused his continuing education on cosmetic dentistry, oral sedation, and implantology. This included completing course work for the Heartland Aesthetic Continuum, DOCS Oral Sedation, Midwest Implant Institute, and Synergy Training Program for Implantology. Understanding how busy life can be and how valuable your time is, Jay takes pride in keeping as many procedures in office as possible. To ensure this he completed courses for advanced root canals, oral surgery, periodontics, and dentures. Jay is fanatical about literature and research to make certain you receive the most current and proven dental care possible.  Since returning to West Kentucky he has continued his education, focusing his efforts in cosmetic and implant dentistry.

During his sophomore year of undergraduate college Jay met his wife Leah, also a Graves County native. They were married in 2006. Jay and Leah have three beautiful daughters Evie Bell, Eelyn Grace, and Ila Rose. They currently reside in Paducah and attend Heartland Church. In his spare time Jay enjoys playing with his children, golf, tennis, and basketball.


Jay is highly motivated to provide the best experience possible for his patients. With that in mind he has created a mission statement that has moulded Cunningham Dental.

Our Core Values:cunningham 23

  • Provide the BEST customer service and quality to our patients.
  • For our team to educate our patients about lifetime dentistry.
  • For our team to enjoy our work and continue to grow personally and professionally.
  • To break the mould of a traditional dental office.
  • To be a positive, Christian influence in the community.