Among surface modifications commercially available for dental implants, the incorporation of bioceramic coatings is one of the most popular. However, concerns regarding the effectiveness of the bond between the metallic surface and the coating have led to the development of thin-film Ca- and P- based bioceramic coatings. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the early bone response to a thin ion bean deposited (Test) bioceramic implant surface compared to an alumina-blasted/acid-etched (Control) surface in a canine model. Results showed that although no difference in bone-to-implant (BIC) could be noted between the two different surfaces, more organized bone architecture was present around the Test implants in 4 weeks. Based on this observation, the incorporation of a thin- film bioceramic coating positively influenced bone healing around dental implants at early times.