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DentalWorks Hickory has proudly stood behind many of Hickory’s healthiest smiles since 2009. Our dentists are seasoned pros, eager to meet you. Call us today to ask about our affordable services or schedule an appointment online. 

Drs. Johal, Dunning & Associates V, P.A.

Paul McMurry
DDS - Dentist

Richard Spurgas
DDS - Dentist

Steven P. Best
DMD - Oral Surgeon

Services We Offer

A full-service experience for the entire family.
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General Dentistry

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

More Info: General Dental Services.pdf


Emergency Care

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


Cosmetic Dentistry

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
  • 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.

  • Clear aligners

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


Dental Implants

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

Insurance & Payment Options

How do I pay? Do you take my insurance?

With more major insurance plans accepted and a variety of financing options, we strive to get each patient the care they need. Click below to look for your provider or learn about our payment options.

Dentists in the DentalWorks network accept most major insurance plans – significantly more than most area dentists. Below are just some of the plans that are accepted. Each affiliated practice is a little different, so contact the practice nearest you for a complete list.

  • 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

Pay your way.
At DentalWorks, we accept about any form of payment you can think of (and probably a few you can't).

Cash, Credit, or Check:

Affiliated practices accept most major cards, including VISA®, MasterCard®, Discover®, and American Express®.


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. CareCredit makes it easier for you to pay for the care you need.

US Bank® Payment Portal:

DentalWorks affiliated practices offer a convenient online bill pay portal, powered by US Bank®.

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Meet Our Dentists

Paul McMurry, DDS

> Biography

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 Spurgas, DDS

> Biography

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 P. Best, DMD

> Biography

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.