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At DentalWorks Hickory, we’ve made it easy for you and your family to experience the way dental should work since 2009. With affordable rates and unrivaled expertise, Richard Spurgas, DDS, Paul McMurry, DDS, Steven P. Best, DMD - Oral Surgeon  and their friendly staff provide the quality care both you and your smile deserve.

Services We Offer

From cleanings and exams to dental veneers, custom dentures and partials, and even oral surgery, Hickory can bring out the best in your smile.

By coming in for regularly scheduled dental care checkups and cleanings now, you can help prevent serious problems ranging from cavities to gum disease from occurring later. To help combat such issues, we offer:

  • Comprehensive dental care exams
  • Professional cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fillings
  • Sealants
  • Extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • Endodontics
  • Nitrous
  • Root canals
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Spanish speaking staff – Se habla español

More Info: General Dental Services.pdf

A chipped tooth, a lost filling: some of the most pressing dental problems have a habit of happening when you least expect them. Fortunately, we offer emergency dental services. If you have a problem that requires immediate treatment, our dentists do their best to take care of you as quickly as possible.

More Info: Emergency Dental Care.pdf

Self-conscious about wearing dentures? Don’t be.

Custom dentures look and feel natural, so the only thing people will see is a winning smile. Custom-designed to match your appearance as well as your bite, they’re protected by exceptionally long warranties. With so many sensibly priced styles, shades, and materials from which to choose, you’re sure to find a solution that fits your budget as comfortably as your dentures will fit you.

  • In-house denture lab

More Info: Custom Dentures.pdf

Don’t let a few missing teeth ruin your day – or your smile.

Custom-crafted dental partials can easily fill in any gaps and get your smile back to looking its best.

  • Acrylic Partials
  • Cast Metal Partials
  • Flexible Partials

More Info: Custom Partials.pdf

Not satisfied with your smile? We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services to brighten, whiten, repair, and restore your teeth.

  • In-office and at-home tooth whitening
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Lumineers®
  • Veneers

More Info: Cosmetic Dentistry.pdf

Orthodontic braces and dental services are available.

If your teeth are out of line, our orthodontists can help straighten them out. They can correct misalignments to give children and adults alike the smile they’ve always dreamed of.

  • Spanish speaking staff – Se habla español

More Info: Orthodontics.pdf

During the course of their lives, three out of four people will suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease.

In fact, it’s so common that it’s the leading cause of 70% of adult tooth loss. Periodontists can perform a comprehensive examination of your gums and provide treatment to help prevent, reverse, or offset the damaging effects of this disease.

More Info: Periodontics.pdf

One of the newest solutions to the age-old problem of missing teeth, dental implants are durable enough to last a lifetime.

They are placed into the bone, then restored to replace lost teeth or retain loose dentures.

  • Single tooth replacement
  • Multiple tooth replacement

More Info: Dental Implants.pdf

If you are having problems with your mouth or jaw, you may want to consider oral surgery. Our surgeons are equipped to diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and defects that may arise.

  • Tooth extraction
  • Dental implants
  • Facial injury treatment
  • Jaw alignment
  • Reconstructive treatment
  • Tumor and cyst removal

Insurance & Payment Options

Accepted Dental Insurance Plans

For your convenience, Hickory accepts most dental insurance plans. We are a preferred provider with many dental insurance plans. Below is a list of insurance companies whose plans we participate in:


  • Access Dental
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Access
  • AmeriPlan Discount
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant/Dental Health Alliance Discount
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CIGNAaccess
  • CompDent
  • CompDent Advantage
  • Coventry First Health
  • DeCare
  • Delta Dental Preferred
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • DeltaCare
  • Dental Benefit Providers/United Healthcare
  • Dental Health Alliance
  • DentalWorks USA
  • Dentegra
  • DenteMax
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Traditional Insurance
  • United Concordia
  • United Concordia National Fee For Service
  • WellPoint
  • Access Dental
  • Aetna
  • Aetna Access
  • AmeriPlan Discount
  • Ameritas
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant/Dental Health Alliance Discount
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • CIGNAaccess
  • CompDent
  • CompDent Advantage
  • Coventry First Health
  • DeCare
  • Delta Dental Preferred
  • Delta Dental Premier
  • DeltaCare
  • Dental Benefit Providers/United Healthcare
  • Dental Health Alliance
  • DentalWorks USA
  • Dentegra
  • DenteMax
  • Guardian
  • Humana
  • MetLife
  • Principal
  • Traditional Insurance
  • United Concordia
  • United Concordia National Fee For Service
  • WellPoint

In addition to accepting more dental insurance plans, Hickory will actually file your dental health care claims for you, so you won’t have to bother with all that annoying paperwork. Plus, you don’t have to pay the full amount at the time of your dental services, either – in most cases, just your estimated deductible or co-payment.

Choose the Way You Want to Pay

At Hickory, a point is made to exceed your expectations, not your budget. With quality care at affordable rates, everyone in your family can get the dental care they need and deserve. So when you walk out the door, you’ll leave with a great big smile, not a great big bill.

And while giving you lots of payment choices is important, there’s one choice you should never have to make: deciding between the dental care you need and the dental care you can afford. So the staff at Hickory sits down with you to figure out which payment option and plan make sense for you for the dental services you need.

To make things even easier for you, Hickory offers plenty of ways to pay, including VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®.

And Hickory now offers an even more convenient way to make payments through Online Bill Pay.

Other financing options accepted at Hickory include:

  • CareCreditSM - CareCredit is an alternative option to consumer credit cards, cash or checks. With CareCredit you can pay over time instead of a lump sum prior to treatment.*

Contact the practice staff for more information.

*Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Ask us for details.

Meet Our Staff

Paul Buford McMurry, DDS

Dr. Paul McMurry joined the DentalWorks team in 2010. He is a native North Carolinian and was born and raised in Shelby, NC. Dr. McMurry graduated from Shelby High School in 1999 and enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After two years of education there, he transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He was accepted into the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the University of Maryland, Baltimore and began his dental education in the fall of 2003. He graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2007 and began private practice shortly thereafter. After nearly two years in the private practice setting, he felt a calling to become a dentist at the Cleveland County Health Department where he served Medicaid children. This was a very rewarding experience as he was able to give much needed care to underserved children. After two years of serving the community, he caught wind of an opportunity with DentalWorks and jumped at the chance. He has thoroughly enjoyed working with the company and loves what he does!

Richard Thomas Spurgas, DDS

Dr. Spurgas is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Medical College of Virginia and completed a General Practice Residency at West Virginia University. He was the Chief of Dental Service at three Veterans Administration Medical Centers. With over 23 years with the VA and a great deal of clinical experience treating medically-compromised as well as geriatric patients, Dr. Spurgas is very well rounded in most dentistry procedures. He has taught dental residents at University of Rochester (Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY) and also dental students at Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine (Cleveland, OH). He is a retired Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and his career of 23 years included a deployment to Iraq. Dr. Spurgas has over 30 years of clinical experience, including 13 years with this company in Cleveland, OH before moving to the area in 2010. Dr. Spurgas is a general dentist whose interests include all phases of restorative dentistry and oral surgery. When not taking care of patients, his interests include golf, boating and racquetball. Dr. Spurgas currently resides in Mooresville with his wife. They have four children.

Steven Patrick Best, DMD

Steven P. Best, DDS received his Doctorate in Dental Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon graduation, he was awarded Outstanding Student in Implant Dentistry. Dr. Best completed his residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Broward General Medical Center and Memorial Regional Hospital, both Level I Trauma Centers in South Florida. Prior to residency, he completed a one-year internship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Christiana Care Health System in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Best’s major focus and experience have been in pathology, dental implants, soft and hard tissue reconstruction, facial trauma, and dental extractions. He has lectured on the local and national level and has published an array of scientific and clinical journal articles on trauma, pathology, reconstruction, dental implants, and emerging technologies. Dr. Best co-authored a chapter on ear reconstruction in the textbook, Current Therapy in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Best’s practice philosophy combines thoughtful treatment planning with attention to detail, which allows patients to confidently make treatment decisions. He is dedicated to providing meticulous surgical skill with compassionate care in a comfortable environment. For patients who have apprehension about their surgery, Dr. Best provides IV sedation with a fully trained staff and the most up-to-date equipment. Dr. Best and his family love living in North Carolina. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, camping, snowmobiling, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and three children.