Sealing shower grab bar, tile crack/chip after installation

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I hired a handyman to install a Moen grab bar in my porcelain tile shower yesterday, and am not sure exactly what he did, but I don’t think he sealed behind the escutcheon plate. I thought it would be a simple matter of putting screws into the reinforcement wood behind the tile, but my husband said he heard a lot of loud drilling and hammering. When I returned home, I found a small crack in the tile above the plate and some chipping near the edge of the plate. It doesn’t look like it’s sealed and I was wondering how to seal any holes or cracks and chips after installation. Needless to say, I should have followed my late father’s advice that you shouldn’t hire a boy to do a man’s job, but I’m having surgery soon and didn’t do my usual research. Any advice would be appreciated.

Would Plumber’s Putty or waterproof/mold proof clear silicone sealer work better?

What would be the process for sealing the escutcheon plate?

How can I seal and camouflage the small crack and chip?

If I decide to hire someone to fix this, would a plumber or a tile installer be best equipped to seal and camouflage the crack/chip correctly?

Thanks in advance!

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