Wisdom teeth gone but gums swelling and painful where wisdom tooth was what is this?

Ok, I haven't eaten any chips or anything hard that would poke my gums, but the place where my wisdom tooth used to be, is very swollen and painful. I got my wisdom teeth pulled about 6 years ago, so it was not recently. The area is not discolored, just swollen. Is it possible to get an absess where there... show more Ok, I haven't eaten any chips or anything hard that would poke my gums, but the place where my wisdom tooth used to be, is very swollen and painful. I got my wisdom teeth pulled about 6 years ago, so it was not recently. The area is not discolored, just swollen.

Is it possible to get an absess where there is no tooth? Should I try to wait this out or go to a dentist?
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